Fadhel, M. I. and Abdo, Ramez Abdulwasea and Yousif, B. F. and Zaharim, Azami and Sopian, K. (2011) Thin-layer drying characteristics of banana slices in a force convection indirect solar drying. In: EE 2011: 6th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Energy and Environment , 23-25 Feb 2011, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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An experimental study was performed to determine the thin layer drying characteristics of banana slices in a force convection indirect solar drying. The system consists of two main parts: heat collector and the food drying cabinet. Heat collector absorbing maximum solar radiation by and provides heated air flow to the cabinet via two fans at the air inlet/outlet. The air temperature at the inlet of the cabinet under both natural and forced air velocities was about 62.8˚c. During the experiments, the cabinet was loaded with 426g of banana slices having an initial moisture content of 80%. Eight different thin layer drying models were compared with respect to their coefficient of determination (r²), reduced chi-square (x²) and root mean square error (RMSE) was selected to better estimate the drying curves. The performance of these models was investigated by non-linear regression analysis using statistica computer program. The entire models were showed a good fit to the drying data. However, the (wang and singh) drying model was showed a better fit to the experiment data among other models.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Deposited with blanket permission of publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||drying characteristics; drying model; force convection; indirect solar dryer|
|Depositing User:||Dr Belal Yousif|
|Date Deposited:||29 Mar 2011 01:35|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 00:34|
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