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Simulation of wood particle motion through a concurrent triple-pass rotary dryer

: Zarea Hosseinabadi, H.; Layeghi, M.; Doosthosseini, K.; Berthold, D.; Shahhosseini, S.


Drying technology 32 (2014), Nr. 2, S.1409-1422
ISSN: 0737-3937
ISSN: 1532-2300
Fraunhofer WKI ()
closed-loop; computer code; drum holdup; retention time; triple-pass rotary dryer; wood particles

The retention time of solids in a drum is an important parameter for the design of rotary dryers, since it directly influences the mass and heat transfer rates. If it is too short, the wood particles do not become adequately dried. If it is too long, they become over-dried. Therefore, having an appropriate retention time is useful in terms of both energy and plant capacity. Wood particle mean retention time in a rotary dryer is affected by several variables, such as dryer dimensions, solid characteristics, and operational parameters. The purpose of this work was to simulate the effects of some wood particle characteristics and operational parameters on the mean retention time, drum holdup, and velocity of the wood particles during drying in a pilot-scale, closed-loop, triple-pass rotary dryer by means of a computer code. The simulation results of wood particle motion can be used for modeling, design, and optimization of closed-loop, triple-pass rotary dryers.