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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)


Article Title: Design, Modelling and Simulation of Feed Mixing Machine
by Rufus Ogbuka Chime, Samuel I Ukwuaba, Benedict N. Ugwu, and Abdulrahim Abdulbaqi Toyin

The idea of mixing various feed materials such as grains, feed supplements and other animal feeds to produce a homogenous mix ready for dispensing for animal consumption had being part of mans activities since the creation of man. This has always been done using crude method such as hands, sticks etc. in this recent time, the advancement in technology has brought about the use of machines to perform the same function much faster, accurate and less energy consuming. It is for this purpose that the feed mixing machine has been designed. The objective of this project are to design a small feed fixing machine, to model and simulate the machine before production, to fabricate component of feed mixing machine based on design specifications and to test the machine after fabrication , while in designing and in material selection consideration was given to the tech-economic status of the micro scale industries who are intended users of the machine. Feed mixing machines are used in feed mills for the mixing of feed ingredients. The machine plays a vital role in the feed production process, with efficient mixing being key to good feed production. If feed is not mixed properly, ingredients and nutrients will not be properly distributed within a prcised time. This means that the feed will not have even nutritional benefit would be bad for the birds that are feeding on the feed. Feed mixing machine comprises of a frame structure, the mixing chamber (a cylinder and cone structure) where other components such as electric motor, shaft and hopper are mounted on. The mixing of feed to form a uniform ration is a regular need on large stock poultry purposes. The mixing is performed by a vertical shaft which revolves continuously in a cylindrical cone suspended by an iron bar. The relative motion of the shaft about the frame (body) is achieved by the use of knuckle bearing. Mixing is done in the mixing chamber. The mixer is constructed to take a capacity of 30kg, but the excess capacity of 40kg was provided to take care of overloading .this machine was powered by 1hp power motor.
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ISSN: 2141-7016

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