Analysis of mechanical behaviour of Jatropha curcas L. bulk seeds under compression loading with aid of reciprocal slope transformation method and tangent curve method
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kamycka 129, 16521, Prague, Czech Republic; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is focused on the utilization of the reciprocal slope transformation method (RST) and tangent curve method (TCM) for description of mechanical behaviour of Jatropha bulk seeds under compression loading. The experimental data derived from a compression test was done using compression device and pressing vessel with diameter 60 mm at compression speed of 1 mm s−1 and compressive force between 0 kN and 100 kN. Measured dependency between compressive force and deformation was fitted by RST method and TCM method and they were statistically analysed by ANOVA. Comparison of both methods in individual pressing regions is an integral part of this manuscript. It was determined that reciprocal slope transformation method describes precisely the beginning of deformation characteristics and it can cover the reorganizing process in the bulk seeds. From the conducted study it also follows that tangent curve method is suitable for description of mechanical behaviour at bulk deformations in which the reorganization process in the bulk seeds is finished yet.