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A research program to explore the possibilities of energy-saving in corn drying was initiated in 1975,with financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, at the University of Guelph. One aim of the program was to compare the prevailing high temperature farm driers for their energy consumption and drying performance. Simulation programs describing the various drying methods were used in this program to estimate the effects of drying parameters such as drying temperature, column thickness, number of drying stages and cooling air recycling on the development of grain temperature and moisture content, saturation of exhaust air and energy requirements. With these simulations, the drying results could be related to comparable operating conditions for all drier types, which is practically impossible by taking measurements at commercial operations during the dry season
drier performance and energy use in corn drying
Meiering, A.G., Daynard, T.B., Brown, R. and L. Otten 1977. DRIER PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY USE IN CORN DRYING. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 19(1):49-54.
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