28 May 2014 Mathematical model for solar drying of potato cylinders with thermal conductivity radially modulated
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A mathematical model for drying potato cylinders using solar radiation is proposed and solved analytically. The model incorporates the energy balance for the heat capacity of the potato, the radiation heat transfer from the potato toward the drying chamber and the solar radiation absorbed by the potato during the drying process. Potato cylinders are assumed to exhibit a thermal conductivity which is radially modulated. The method of the Laplace transform, with integral Bromwich and residue theorem will be applied and the analytic solutions for the temperature profiles in the potato cylinder will be derived in the form of an infinite series of Bessel functions, when the thermal conductivity is constant; and in the form of an infinite series of Heun functions, when the thermal conductivity has a linear radial modulation. All computations are performed using computer algebra, specifically Maple. It is expected that the analytical results obtained will be useful in food engineering and industry. Our results suggest some lines for future investigations such as the adoption of more general forms of radial modulation for the thermal conductivity of potato cylinders; and possible applications of other computer algebra software such as Maxima and Mathematica.
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Mariana Trujillo Arredondo, Mariana Trujillo Arredondo, } "Mathematical model for solar drying of potato cylinders with thermal conductivity radially modulated ", Proc. SPIE 9108, Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety VI, 91080N (28 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2049771; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2049771
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