Design and performance evaluation of a solar-assisted drying system
by S.K. Shukla, A.K. Sharma
International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation (IJMATEI), Vol. 1, No. 3/4, 2010

Abstract: A solar air heating system that does not require a conventional auxiliary heater, but can still provide a daily load fraction exceeding 90% and supply hot air at a steady temperature and flow rate continuously for ten hours a day, has been developed. The system, which combines flat plate solar collector heat exchanger and blower, was evaluated by drying Aonla and Cabbage using air at 60°C and 90 m³/h. The Aonla was dried from 80.0% moisture (w.b) to 7.29% over 20 hours of continuous drying. The dryer reduced the drying time by 70% compared to open sun drying, and provided 92.5% load fraction during the ten-hour operation. The temperature of hot air supplied was stable at 60±3°C for about ten hours for two days during the entire drying duration.

Online publication date: Fri, 10-Sep-2010

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