Conjugate Heat and Mass Transfer Process within Porous Media with Dielectric Cores in Microwave Freeze-drying

Wu, Hongwei, Tao, Zhi, Chen, Guohua, Deng, Hongwu, Xu, Guoqiang and Ding, Shuiting (2004) Conjugate Heat and Mass Transfer Process within Porous Media with Dielectric Cores in Microwave Freeze-drying. Chemical Engineering Science, 59 (14). pp. 2921-2928. ISSN 0009-2509

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2004.04.015

Abstract

A conjugate heat and mass transfer model was developed for microwave freeze drying within porous media with dielectric cores. The set of transient governing equations developed was solved numerically using finite volume method with variable time-steps. Analysis of numerical results may lead to following main conclusions: (1) by carefully choosing the loss factor and size of the dielectric cores could dramatically reduce the drying time, (2) the size and the loss factor ε″ of the dielectric core are the two important parameters influencing the drying process, (3) there may be two sublimation fronts in existence within the porous media.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dehydration; Modelling; Loss factor; Sublimation front
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Hongwei Wu
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2015 15:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24638

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