An experimental study on the drying kinetics of quince


Kaya A. , Aydin O. , Demirtas C. , Akguen M.

DESALINATION, vol.212, pp.328-343, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 212
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.desal.2006.10.017
  • Title of Journal : DESALINATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.328-343

Abstract

In this experimental study, drying kinetics of quince slices was investigated as a function of drying conditions. Experiments were conducted using air temperatures of 35, 45 and 55 degrees C, mean velocities of 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 m/s and, relative humidity values of 40, 55 and 70%. The experimental moisture data were fitted to some models (namely Henderson and Pabis, Lewis and two-term exponential models) available in the literature, and a good agreement was observed. In the ranges covered, the values of the effective moisture diffusivity, D-eff were obtained between 0.65x10(-10) and 6.92x10(-10) m(2)/s from the Fick's diffusion model. Using D-eff, the value of activation energy (E-a) was determined assuming the Arrhenius-type temperature relationship, which varied from 33.83 to 41.52 kJ/mol. Finally, the sorption isotherms of the dried quince slices were determined.