Simulation of three-dimensional infrared drying using a set of three-coupled equations by the control volume method

Rakesh Ranjan, Joseph Irudayaraj, Soojin Jun

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Abstract

A control volume formulation for the solution of a set of three-way coupled heat, moisture transfer, and pressure equations with an infrared source term is presented in three dimensions. The solution procedure developed uses a fully implicit time-stepping scheme to simulate the drying of potato during infrared heating in three-dimensional Cartesian coordinates. Comparison was made between the simulation results of the three-way coupled equations with the two-way coupled set of equations and the experimental results from two different infrared heating systems constructed for this purpose. Simulation indicated that the three-way coupled model predicted the temperature and moisture contents better than the two-way coupled heat and mass transfer model. High-moisture regions in the three-dimensional discretized space were also identified. The maximum deviations between experimental and simulation results were 8.0° C in temperature for potato drying and 10% (d.b.) for moisture predictions. The overall predictions agree well with the available experimental data and show a good potential for application in grain and food drying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1661-1668
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • And pressure transfer coupled equation
  • Control volume method
  • Heat
  • Infrared drying systems
  • Mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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