Analytical modelling of integrated solar drying system

Karim, M.A. & Amin, Zakaria Mohd. (2015) Analytical modelling of integrated solar drying system. In Sayigh, Ali (Ed.) Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind: Selected Topics from the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC 2014. Springer, Cham, pp. 867-879.

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Abstract

The drying of fruit and vegetables is a subject of great importance. Dried fruit and vegetables have gained commercial importance, and their growth on a commercial scale has become an important sector of the agricultural industry. However, food drying is one of the most energy intensive processes of the major industrial process and accounts for up to 15 % of all industrial energy usage. Due to increasingly high electricity prices and environmental concern, a dryer using traditional energy sources is not a feasible option anymore. Therefore, an alternative/renewable energy source is needed. In this regard, an integrated solar drying system that includes highly efficient double-pass counter flow v-groove solar collector, conical-shaped rock-bed thermal storage, auxiliary heater, the centrifugal fan and the drying chamber has been designed and constructed. Mathematical model for all the individual components as well as an integrated model combining all components of the drying system has been developed. Mathematical equations were solved using MATLAB program. This paper presents the analytical model and key finding of the simulation.

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ID Code: 94886
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Solar drying, V-groove collator, Rock-bed thermal storage, Conical tank
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18215-5_79
ISBN: 9783319182148
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2016 23:29
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 04:19

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