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Convective Heat Transfer Coefficient for Indoor Forced Convection Drying of Corn Kernels

Ravinder Kumar Sahdev1 , Chinu Rathi Saroha1, and Mahesh Kumar2
1.Mechanical Engineering Department, University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India
2.Mechanical Engineering Department, Guru Jambheshwar University of Sciences & Technology, Hisar, India

Abstract—In this present research paper, an attempt has been made to determine the convective heat transfer coefficient of corn kernels under indoor forced convection drying mode. The experiments were conducted in the month of May 2013 in the climatic conditions of Rohtak (28° 40': 29 05'N 76° 13': 76° 51'E). Corn kernels were dried from initial moisture content 43% dry-basis. Experimental data was used to evaluate the values of constants (C and n) in Nusselt number expression by using linear regression analysis and consequently convective heat transfer coefficient was determined. The convective heat transfer coefficient for corn kernels was found to be 1.04 W/m2 °C. The experimental error in terms of percent uncertainty has also been calculated.

Index Terms—Corn kernels, Convective heat transfer coefficient, Indoor forced convection drying

Cite: Ravinder Kumar Sahdev, Chinu Rathi Saroha, and Mahesh Kumar, "Convective Heat Transfer Coefficient for Indoor Forced Convection Drying of Corn Kernels," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 18-24, October 2013.