International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.3 (8), pp. 337-340, August 2015
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 15/ID/JPR063/04/ pages
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Original Research Article
Energy value and combustion rate of Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R.Br. ex G.Don
1*Wakili A., 2Abdullahi M.B., 3Ezra A.G. and 4Madara M.S.
1Department of Forestry Technology, Federal Polytechnic, PMB 0231 Bauchi – Nigeria.
2Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences Federal University Kashere, Gombe State- Nigeria
3Department of Biological Sciences, School of Sciences, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi- Nigeria.
4Department of Chemistry, College of Education Azare, Bauchi State – Nigeria
*Corresponding Authour Email: adamuwakili1(at)gmail.com
Fresh wood sample of Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) R.Br. ex G.Don was taken from Buskuri open forest and tested for moisture content, calorific value, combustion rate and its coppicing ability measured. The study shows that the moisture content at the time of energy determination was found to be 6.04 percent and the calorific value of 04.58 Mj/Kg was recorded. The results also reveals that in eight minutes, the temperature of the wood sample reached 489°C and temperature above 100°C was retained for a period of 26minutes. The species was found to coppice at the rate of 145cm per annum. An urgent need to stop cutting Parkia biglobossa for fuel wood and the need for advance research on the wood properties of the same species for enhanced diversification of utilization were recommended.
Key words: Calorific value, Combustion rate, coppice ability