A Motorized Yam Pounding Machine Developed to Improve Living Standard of Average Nigeria for Sustainable Economic Growth

  • Austin Ikechukwu GbasouzorEmail author
  • Muncho Josephine Mbunwe
Conference paper


The aim of this research work is based on the design and development of a motorized yam pounder for pounding yam, this research was considered because of the importance of pounded yam in Africa particularly in Nigeria and because of the time and energy wasted using the traditional mortar and pestle method of yam pounding. The research work aimed at eliminating the labour involved in traditional method of pounding. Through this improvement the possibility of food contamination by sweating while pounding will be control. This project work sought to design a yam pounder that pounds yam right from the peeled cooked stage in a pounding bowl with the help of an electric motor that transmits power through rotary motion together with the help of shaft. The pounding blades functions as the pestle. The machine is to be operated by electricity and it consists of shaft, electric motor, yam beaters or pounding blades, bowl and the frame. Low cost materials were used so as to make the machine affordable for average Nigerian homes, thereby improving the standard of living. In order to avoid food contamination stainless material were also incorporated for smooth and clean pounding before consumption.


Contamination Eliminating Mortar Peeled Pestle Pounding blades Rotary motion Stainless material Yam tuber 



I wish to acknowledge the immerse support given to me by the Tertiary Trust Fund (TetFund), The Vice Chancellor in person of Prof. Okafor Fidelis Uzochukwu for their financial support, encouragement of staff to be attending conferences and presenting papers thereby boosting the image of the University through its output in research, thus, making our academic activities Robust and Excellent diverse field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Austin Ikechukwu Gbasouzor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muncho Josephine Mbunwe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringChukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUliNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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