The theory of sifting the soil mass when cleaning potatoes on a spiral separator

S. Pascuzzi, V. Bulgakov
The removal of soil and impurities is an important problem when harvesting potatoes. and the main reason for this problem is due to the modalities employed to carry out the potatoes mechanical harvesting. The equipments currently implemented on potato harvesters do not always allow to obtain high levels of soil and impurities separation, mainly due to the gluing of the moist soil to the surfaces of the separating organs. The authors have developed a spiral separator of soil clods from potatoes heaps, patented in Ukraine. The purpose of this paper has been to analyze the theory of sifting the soil mass when a spiral separator is used. A mathematical model of the motion of an elementary body along the spiral surface of a potato heap separator has been built. The numerical solution of the model has highlighted that the lowest angular speed (10 rad s‑1) of the cleaning rollers allows the greatest amount of sifted soil mass. Field tests carried out confirmed that the developed spiral separator is able to perform the task achieving meaningful values of the efficiency of separation and heap purity. Further field and laboratory tests will be executed in order to improve the set up mathematical model.
Pascuzzi, S. and Bulgakov, V. (2021). The theory of sifting the soil mass when cleaning potatoes on a spiral separator. Acta Hortic. 1311, 417-424
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1311.53
soil sifting, potatoes, spiral separator, mathematical model

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