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Title: An experimental study of the thermal performance of a screw conveyor dryer
Authors: Waje, S.S.
Thorat, B.N.
Mujumdar, A.S. 
Keywords: Degree of fullness
Heat transfer coefficient
Power consumption
Thermal efficiency
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Waje, S.S., Thorat, B.N., Mujumdar, A.S. (2006). An experimental study of the thermal performance of a screw conveyor dryer. Drying Technology 24 (3) : 293-301. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In the present study drying of fine crystalline solid was carried out in a non-insulated jacketed screw conveyor dryer SCD of 3m length and 0.072m screw diameter. It is nitrogen-swept to carry off the evaporated moisture. Dryer performance was evaluated in terms of the final moisture content, heat-transfer coefficient, thermal efficiency and power consumption. From the experimental results it was observed that drying under low pressure gives 92% moisture removal compared to 30-40% using low flow rates of nitrogen. The initial moisture content was in the range of 5 to 6%. Over the parameter range studied, the overall heat transfer coefficient was found to be in the range of 46-102W/m 2 K. The average rise in the temperature of the product was 40 to 50°C. Thermal efficiency (based on sensible and latent heat) of the dryer obtained was found to be in the range of 25-62%, typical values obtained in falling rate drying period. Power consumption per metric ton of dried material was found to be a strong function of screw speed and material feed rate, material properties, and drive efficiency. Copyright © 2006 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Drying Technology
ISSN: 07373937
DOI: 10.1080/07373930600564506
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