Submitted to: Cotton Ginners' Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/30/1994
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: The problems in scaling up belt conveyor-dryer technology forcotton gins from the laboratory to full season operation in commercial gins is considered in this paper. It is a description of the technology presented in a new developments for the ginning industry session of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences. The problems found in two field installments over two years of operation are described and solutions are given. Comprehensive recommendations for design, construction and operation of belt conveyor dryers are given. This delivers the knowledge gained in the laboratory and field tests to the industry. It provides them with the technology to handle wet problem cottons, abate particulate emissions problems by replacing pneumatic conveying equipment with mechanical, and reduces power and heat energy requirements for operating cotton gins substantially.
Technical Abstract: Laboratory investigations and field tests at two commercial cotton gins have demonstrated the feasibility of using a wire-mesh belt conveyor to dry seed cotton. Drying performance information that describes the effectiveness of the belt drying concept is presented. Specific design criteria and operating information developed through analysis and practical lexperience are also presented.