A meshfree three-dimensional (3-D) numerical model to study transport phenomena in single plant cells during drying

Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Gu, Y. T. and Guan, L. and Banks, J. and Senadeera, W. (2016) A meshfree three-dimensional (3-D) numerical model to study transport phenomena in single plant cells during drying. In: 10th Australasian Heat and Mass Transfer Conference (AHMT 2016), 14-15 July 2016, Brisbane, Australia.

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To improve the performance of food drying operations, an in depth understanding of the related transport phenomena in plant food cellular structures is necessary. A three-dimensional (3-D) numerical model has been developed to investigate the morphological changes and related solid and fluid transfer mechanisms of single parenchyma cells of apple during drying. This numerical model was developed by coupling a meshfree particle based method: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) with a Discrete Element Method (DEM). Compared to conventional grid-based numerical modelling techniques: Finite Element Methods (FEM) and Finite Difference Methods (FDM), the proposed meshfree model can better predict the deformations and cellular shrinkage within a wide range of moisture content. The model contains two main components: cell fluid and cell wall. The cell fluid model is based on SPH and represents the cell protoplasm as a homogeneous Newtonian liquid. The cell wall model is based on DEM and approximates the cell wall as an incompressible Neo-Hookean solid. The sensitivity and the consistency of the model towards mass transfer parameters of the system have been studied via simulating the cell inflation under different conditions.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 03:18
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 03:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: food drying, meshfree methods, plant cell modelling
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0908 Food Sciences > 090802 Food Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32506

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