The Citrus Dryer – Turning citrus peel into a good deal
When producing juice from citrus-fruits the citrus peel is often treated as a residual product. Our customer needed help with calculations for a facility that dries these citrus peels. Through this process the peels are refined into animal feed. This way, the producers can effectively use the whole fruit and no residual waste is left to handle.
Before, there was a handling process to get rid of the useless peels, something that cost both time and money. When the drying facility is ready, the citrus peels can be turned into high quality animal feed and will instead make for additional revenue. And since the drying process is energy effective it also contributes to lessen the ecological footprint of the producer.
Analysis and structural loads
In this assignment we have performed pipe calculations on the facility to analyze how the drying pipes can withstand structural loads. The structural loads that we considered in these calculations are pressure, temperature, wind, snow and seismic loads, all of which could affect the facility and the pipes. The calculations were performed in CAEPIPE according to code EN 13485-3.
When the calculations showed that the requirements for fulfilling the applicable design code were met, the customer got verification that the facility was designed in a satisfying manner. With ease of mind they could move on to the next part of the project.