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DOI: 10.15507/0236-2910.028.201804.603-623


Technological Improvements of Grain Preparation for Milling in Small Enterprises


Alexander V. Anisimov
Associated Professor, Chair of Technology of Production and Processing of Livestock Products, Saratov State Agrarian University named after N. I. Vavilov (1 Theatre Square, Saratov 410012, Russia), Ph.D. (Engineering), ResearcherID: E-7817-2018, ORCID:, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Felix Ya. Rudik
Professor, Chair of Technology of Food Products, Saratov State Agrarian University named after N. I. Vavilov (1 Theatre Square, Saratov 410012, Russia), D.Sc. (Engineering), ResearcherID: E-8546-2018, ORCID:, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boris P. Zagorodskih
Professor of Chair of Technical Service and Technology of Structural Materials, Saratov State Agrarian University named after N. I. Vavilov (1 Theatre Square, Saratov 410012, Russia), D.Sc. (Engineering), ResearcherID: E-8582-2018, ORCID:, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduction. In small enterprises with simplified technological process of graded milling, preparations, which involve cleaning, peeling and moistening grain, play an essential role for ensuaring high quality of graded flour. Modern equipment for the low-productive mills implies only dry cleaning of grains in an abrasive machine with their further cold conditioning. The equipment designed for graded milling with deep multiple cleaning, washing and hydrothermal treatment is not possible. It significantly increases the cost of flour. The aim of the study is to increase both qualitative and quantitative indicators of graded flour in small enterprises through peeling and drying of grains before milling.
Materials and Methods. The quality analyses of grain processing according to such indicators as ash content (whiteness), moisture, quantity of fractured grains were carried out according to State Standards of the Russian Federation and the methods established in science and practice. The degree of peeling was determined by the whiteness indicator with a photoelectric whitener SKIB-M (GOST 26361-2013 “Flour. Test method for whiteness”). Grain moisture was determined according to GOST 13586.5-2015 by the drying cabinet DEC-3M (drying electrical cabinet, model type 3M). The number of fractured grains was determined according to GOST 30483-97.
Results. The research result revealed the dependence of grain processing on the technical aids. А combined peeling–drying machine was developed on this principle. The authors have developed rational operations of grain processing, which increase the whiteness of the received flour on average 4–7 conventional units. The standard instrument for whiteness definition has been studied and set. According to the given results optimal operating parameters for grain processing before milling have been developed: machine productivity (Q = 700 kg/h); the period of grain processing (t = 72 s.); optimum moisture content (from the point of view of obtained flour whiteness) of grains received for milling (W = 14 %); radiant power (P = 1 000 W).
Conclusions. The research proved the fact that peeling of grains is one of the most effective ways of increasing the grade of end products of small enterprises with simplified technological process of graded milling. The efficiency of peeling seeds of wheat with humidity higher than 16 % decreases that speaks for the need to dry grains. The authors of the article introduce the equipment and technology for grain processing before graded milling, which provide grain peeling and, if necessary, drying. The operating parameters of the peeling-drying machine for preparation of grains for milling have been determined. The developed technology provide, if necessary, drying the remoistened grain to necessary standards that gives the chance to produce high-quality flour from the grains processed hydrothermally without processing moisture conditions required. The machine productivity in the mode of drying should be connected with the power of microwave infrared radiation, and its time and power should be limited to a maximum permissible grain temperature, which does not exceed 60 ºС.

Keywords: peeling, whiteness, moisture, drying, preparation of grain for grinding

For citation: Anisimov A. V., Rudik F. Ya., Zagorodskih B. P. Technological Improvements of Grain Preparation for Milling in Small Enterprises. Vestnik Mordovskogo universiteta = Mordovia University Bulletin. 2018; 28(4):603–623. DOI:

Acknowledgments: The study was conducted as part of an agreement with the Foundation for Assistance to Development of Small Enterprises in Scientific and Technical Sphere (No. 180GS1 / 6784, 25 December 2014) under the “START-1” program together with “Healthy Food” LLC.

Contribution of the authors:
A. V. Anisimov – writing the draft, reviewing and analyzing the literature; F. Ya. Rudik – scientific supervision, analysis and revision of the draft; B. P. Zagorodskih – analyzing the literature.

All authors have read and approved the final version of the paper.

Received 05.03.2018; revised 15.05.2018; published online 28.12.2018



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