American Journal of Applied Sciences

The Effects of Briquetting Pressure on Banana-Peel Briquette and the Banana Waste in Northern Thailand

Patomsok Wilaipon

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2009.167.171

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 1

Pages 167-171

Abstract

Banana is considered as one of the most important agricultural products of Northern Thailand. A large amount of banana peel has been left as garbage after industrial processes. The raw material is plentiful and has low economic value. Therefore, the characteristics of banana-peel briquettes including banana peel properties were investigated. The briquettes were produced with pressures ranging from 3 to 11 MPa. Molasses was used as the binder. According to some standard tests, it was found that briquettes produced with compaction pressure over 7 MPa passed both impact resistance and compressive strength tests. The density-pressure relationship and strength-pressure relationship over studied range were also developed and validated.

Copyright

© 2009 Patomsok Wilaipon. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.