Development of a Compression Test Rig for Evaluation of Mechanical Properties Related to Design for Containerization and Transportation of Fruits

Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences 6 (2010) 56-59

4 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2017 Last revised: 21 Nov 2018

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Christopher Ihueze

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

O. Otuu

Scientific Equipment Development Institute

Edwin Oriaku

Project Development Institute, (PRODA)

A. Gbasouzor

Anambra State University

Christian Emeka Okafor

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Date Written: March 4, 2017

Abstract

Relevant literatures necessary for design of testing equipment for mechanical properties of biological materials are reviewed. A digitized compression testing system has been developed to evaluate the mechanical properties of agricultural produce fruits in Nigeria. The designed equipment performed satisfactorily by estimating precisely some basic mechanical properties like Poisson’s ratio, elastic modulus, bioyield strength, ultimate load, fracture load and elastic limit of tested materials. The system consists of the top platen, the lower platen, the moving platen, the Support Column, the threaded shaft, the arm, the digital linear scale and the digital load scale and has the ability to instantaneously evaluate both load and displacement from where the mechanical properties.

Keywords: Fruit; Compression; Experimentation; Platen; Rig; Mechanical Properties

Suggested Citation

Ihueze, Christopher and Otuu, O. and Oriaku, Edwin and Gbasouzor, Austin and Okafor, Christian Emeka, Development of a Compression Test Rig for Evaluation of Mechanical Properties Related to Design for Containerization and Transportation of Fruits (March 4, 2017). Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences 6 (2010) 56-59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927442

Christopher Ihueze

Nnamdi Azikiwe University ( email )

Enugu-Onitsha Expressway
PMB 5025
Awka, DE Anambra State 234
Nigeria

O. Otuu

Scientific Equipment Development Institute ( email )

Nigeria

Edwin Oriaku

Project Development Institute, (PRODA) ( email )

Nigeria

Austin Gbasouzor

Anambra State University ( email )

Uli
Nigeria

Christian Emeka Okafor (Contact Author)

Nnamdi Azikiwe University ( email )

PMB 5025
DE Anambra State
Nigeria

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