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Thermal Performance of a Solar Dryer with Oscillating Bed for Drying of Non-parboiled Paddy Grains

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There are many solar dryers for drying agricultural produce. This article explains the drying methodology and the thermal efficiency of the solar dryer with the bed tilted to a certain angle and oscillated at a particular frequency while drying non-parboiled paddy grains. The oscillating bed solar dryer dried 36 kg of non-parboiled paddy grains in just a day to the required level of moisture content, and the average moisture present in the dried grains was 13.56%. The average dryer thermal efficiency was 26.3%. The specific moisture extraction rate was 1.11 kg/kWh.
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Keywords: bed-tilt; oscillating bed; solar dryer; solar flat plate collector; thermal efficiency

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India

Publication date: September 2, 2014

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