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Direct Research Journals
(DRJAFS) Vol.1 (6), pp.80-84,December 2013
ISSN: 2354-4147

Estimation of suitable box height based on engineering properties of pomegranate fruit (var. Malas)
Article Number: DRJA17088492
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Original Research Article


Isa Hazbavi


Department of Engineering, Shahre- Rey Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


date Received: November 4, 2013     date Accepted: December 28, 2013     date Published: December 30, 2013

Abstract

The static force may be calculated from the weight of the fruit column being transported while the dynamic load is a consequence of vibration caused by transport. In avoiding damage to fruit species the permissible falling height and permissible static pressure are of great importance. The former is important in planning harvesting and handling operations, the latter in selecting the height of transport containers. The permitted static load for a given fruit may be determined experimentally. In this study, physical properties of interest were determined for fresh pomegranate fruit (var. Malas) then calculations for the design of a suitable height were conducted based on the measured properties using Ross and Isaacs’s theory. Maximum height for packing and storing of fresh pomegranate fruit in the box was determined to be less than 120 cm based on a rupture force of 40 N.


Key words: Pomegranate fruit; Static force; Height box; Engineering properties.