Storage of Maize in a Prefabricated Aluminum Silo in Tropical Conditions

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1959/1960
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Davies J.C
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Small aluminium silos of 20 to 100 tons capacity are commonly used in temperate countnes for storage of conditioned grain, but t.heir use in tropical countries has been limited. As part of a programme to test silos of various types of construction and materials a 20-ton prefabricated aluminium silo was erected at Kawanda in June, 1957. This silo was erected on a rectangular brick and hardcore plinth surfaced with cement and incorporating a water vapour proof layer of roofing felt approximately 6 in. from the surface. A thick layer of "Mastic" was placed under the base ring of the silo with a special gun prior to tightening down the foundation bolts. The silo was erected completely by five men in less than two days.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 25, p. 225-228
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