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Creating an Application to Predict Operational Characteristics and Efficiency of Continuous Cross-Flow Corn Drying

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Matthew L. Olson

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Stephen P. Gent, Taylor N. Suess, Michael P. Twedt

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Paper No. HT2013-17327, pp. V003T09A007; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 3: Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Symposium in Honor of Professor Richard Goldstein; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Spalding; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Arthur E. Bergles
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5549-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The purpose of this study is to create a computer simulation which numerically predicts the drying conditions within a continuous cross-flow grain drying system. The model is based on a system of four partial differential equations using energy and mass balances for the air, grain, and moisture within the column. This simulation includes: (1) a graphical user interface for varying the operating conditions, (2) a numerical scheme for solving the system of equations based on a backwards finite difference scheme, and (3) graphical and tabular output data. The output includes graphs of moisture content, air temperature, and grain temperature inside the column, as well as the predicted energy consumption of the system. Using this program, the grain drying model is analyzed in order to gain insight towards the optimal operating conditions for the grain dryer. The study also makes adjustments to the model in order to improve accuracy and ease of use. In particular, the Page equation for single-kernel drying is implemented. Model assumptions are also analyzed for validity, and the solutions are verified using experimental data collected in a previous study. The overall goal of this research is to improve grain dryer design and optimize operating conditions in order to reduce energy costs, improve grain quality, and increase the understanding of deep bed grain drying models.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Drying , Cross-flow



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