Evaluation of the Dehydration Characteristics of Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Root Slices Using Refractance Window Drying Technology
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Akinola, A. A.
Ezeorah, S. N.
FUOYE Journal of Engineering and Technology
This study investigates the drying characteristics of ginger (zingiber officinale) root slices using the Refractance Window™ drying technology. A laboratory-scale dryer was constructed by modifying a water bath. 3 mm thick ginger root slices were dried on the transparent Mylar PET plastic film that covered the bath, and the variation of the moisture content of the slices with time was determined as the drying progressed. A water temperature of 60 oC was maintained beneath the plastic film. Various drying kinetic data curves are plotted from the drying data and the thin layer model that best fits the drying data was determined. Observations indicated that the ginger root slices dried to a moisture content of 0.1g H2O/g solid on a dry basis in about 210 minutes. The regression analysis results showed that the Haghi and Ghanadzadeh thin layer model best describes the drying data for 3 mm sized slices with the coefficient of determination ( ) value of 0.9985. An effective moisture diffusivity of 8.99 x 10-8 m2/s was observed for the ginger root slices.
Ginger , Refracture window drying , Thin layer drying models , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Chemical engineering
Akinola, A. A., Azeta, O. and Ezeorah, S. N., (2018). Evaluation of the Dehydration Characteristics of Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Root Slices Using Refractance Window Drying Technology, FUOYE Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 3(1),148 – 151pp.