The Sugar Engineers

Mill Capacity Calculations

There are a large number of formulae for the calculation of the capacity of a milling tandem. Hugot gives the following formula:

A = 0.9 c·n·√N·(1-0.06·n·D)·L·D2/f


The problem with M. Hugot's equation is that is a function of the square of the mill speed, which means mathematically that the mill capacity will increase with speed, reach a maximum and then deacrease, as the speed increases. This could be interpreted in an engineering sense that the mill will have an optimum speed to operate at beyond which the capacity deacreses due to slippage of bagasse in the mill. It does not seem prudent to design the mills so that the capacity could be in the decreasing region.

The online calculator below uses data gleaned and adapted from the graph supplied by Walkers in Dr Rein's book Cane Sugar Engineering and from the nomogram below.

Mill Capacity Calculations Online

Mill Data

Mill Roll Diameter is assumed to be half of the roll length

Operational Data


Mill Sizing Nomogram

The nomogram below from is a quick guide to sizing a milling tandem

Mill Sizing Nomogram from