E3S Web Conf.
Volume 399, 2023International Conference on Newer Engineering Concepts and Technology (ICONNECT-2023)
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Published online||12 July 2023|
Performance Comparison of Tray, Bed and Integrated Drying Chamber in Closed Loop Heat Pump Dryer for Bermuda Grass
1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ramco Institute of Technology, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Drying plays a crucial role in various industries such as food production, agriculture, Siddha, Ayurveda, and medical fields. To achieve controlled drying conditions, a heat pump dryer is considered an effective method, allowing for precise control of parameters like temperature, humidity, and air velocity. In this study, a heat pump dryer was designed and constructed to investigate the drying characteristics of Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) at different velocities (1.5 m/s, 2.0 m/s, and 2.5 m/s) using three types of drying chambers: fluidized bed dryer, tray dryer, and combined dryer (a combination of bed and tray). The heat pump system utilized R134a as the refrigerant. The performance of the heat pump dryer in the three drying chambers was analyzed using Bermuda grass as the drying product. The Moisture Removal Rate (MRR) was calculated for various combinations of velocity and drying chamber, and it was observed that the combined dryer achieved a higher MRR at all three velocities compared to the tray and fluidized bed dryers.
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