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See detailAnalysis of shrinkage effect on mass transfer during the convective drying of sawdust/sludge mixtures
Li, Jie; Bennamoun, Lyes; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Drying Technology (in press)

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See detailModeling and Simulation of Heat and Mass Transfer During Convective Drying of Wastewater Sludge with Introduction of Shrinkage Phenomena
Bennamoun, Lyes ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Drying Technology (2014), 32(1), 13-22

Wastewater sludge is dried in a convective dryer using air temperatures varying from 80°C to 200°C, velocities changing from 1 m · s−1 to 2 m · s−1, and humidities ranging from . The convective dryer is ... [more ▼]

Wastewater sludge is dried in a convective dryer using air temperatures varying from 80°C to 200°C, velocities changing from 1 m · s−1 to 2 m · s−1, and humidities ranging from . The convective dryer is equipped with a camera and an infrared pyrometer to follow respectively the external surface and the temperature of the product. The experimental results show that drying kinetic can be divided into three phases: two short first phases, called adaptation and constant drying phases, and a long third phase, called falling drying rate phase. As the moisture content decreases, the camera confirms simultaneous shrinkage effect with the volume reduction of the product of about 30–45% of the initial volume. Moreover, an increase of the product temperature towards air temperature was measured with the infrared pyrometer. In a second step of this study, the experimental results are modeled and simulated using heat and mass balances applied to the product and the heated air. The drying curve is rightly expressed with fourth-degree polynomial model with a correlation coefficient that approximates the unity and with low calculated errors. An outstanding determination of the heat transfer coefficient has permitted calculating the product temperature with good agreement with experimental results. The heat transfer coefficient expressed by means of Nusselt number is presented as a function of Reynolds and Prandlt numbers, changeable with air and product characteristics taking into account shrinkage effect. Moreover, as the applied air temperatures are sufficiently high, transfer by radiation is not neglected and is introduced in the mathematical model. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of photovoltaic cells in solar drying systems
Bennamoun, Lyes ULg

in Drying Technology (2013), 31(11), 1284-1296

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See detailConvective drying of wastewater sludge: Introduction of shrinkage effect in mathematical modeling
Bennamoun, Lyes ULg; Crine, Michel ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Drying Technology (2013), 31(6), 643-654

Drying of two kinds of wastewater sludge was studied. The first part was an experimental work done in a discontinuous cross-flow convective dryer using 1 kg of wet material extruded in 12-mm-diameter ... [more ▼]

Drying of two kinds of wastewater sludge was studied. The first part was an experimental work done in a discontinuous cross-flow convective dryer using 1 kg of wet material extruded in 12-mm-diameter cylinders. The results show the influence of drying air temperature for both sludges. The second part consisted of developing a drying model in order to identify the internal diffusion coefficient and the convective mass transfer coefficient from the experimental data. A comparison between fitted drying curves, well represented by Newton's model, and the analytical solutions of the equation of diffusion, applied to a finite cylinder, was made. Variations in the physical parameters, such as the mass, density, and volume of the dried product, were calculated. This allowed us to confirm that shrinkage, which is an important parameter during wastewater sludge drying, must be taken into account. The results showed that both the internal diffusion coefficient and convective mass transfer coefficient were affected by the air temperature and the origin of the sludge. The values of the diffusion coefficient changed from 42.35 × 10−9 m2 · s−1 at 160°C to 32.49 × 10−9 m2 · s−1 at 122°C for sludge A and from 33.40 × 10−9 m2 · s−1 at 140°C to 28.45 × 10−9 m2 · s−1 at 120°C for sludge B. The convective mass transfer coefficient changed from 4.52 × 10−7 m · s−1 at 158°C to 3.33 × 10−7 m · s−1 at 122°C for sludge A and from 3.44 × 10−7 m · s−1 at 140°C to 2.84 × 10−7 m2 · s−1 at 120°C for sludge B. The temperature dependency of the two coefficients was expressed using an Arrhenius-type equation and related parameters were deduced. Finally, the study showed that neglecting shrinkage phenomena resulted in an overestimation that can attain and exceed 30% for the two coefficients. [less ▲]

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See detailConvective drying of gels: comparison between simulated and experimental moisture profiles obtained by X-ray microtomography
Escalona, Ivonne; Jomaa, Wahbi; Olivera-Fuentes, C. et al

in Drying Technology (2010), 28(5), 644-650

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See detailConvective drying of wastewater sludges: Influence of air temperature, superficial velocity, and humidity on the kinetics
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2005), 23(8), 1667-1679

The influence of air temperature, velocity, and humidity during convective drying of two different sludges (A and B) is investigated through a 3 3 factorial design. For sludge A, a constant drying flux ... [more ▼]

The influence of air temperature, velocity, and humidity during convective drying of two different sludges (A and B) is investigated through a 3 3 factorial design. For sludge A, a constant drying flux period is observed, while sludge B is characterized by a long decreasing drying flux phase. A sensitivity analysis shows that temperature is the main operating parameter affecting the drying kinetics. Mass and heat transfer coefficients as well as water evaporation capacities are calculated from drying curves. Transfer coefficients are related to operating conditions through dimensionless relations. For both sludges, a linear relation is found between water evaporation capacity and the maximal measured drying flux. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of shrinkage and cracks associated to convective drying of soft materials by X-ray microtomography
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2004), 22(7), 1695-1708

Traditionally, the measurement of shrinkage occurring during drying is performed by destructive or poorly accurate techniques such as volume displacement methods. Cracks detection and quantification are ... [more ▼]

Traditionally, the measurement of shrinkage occurring during drying is performed by destructive or poorly accurate techniques such as volume displacement methods. Cracks detection and quantification are realised either by destructive techniques or sophisticated but expensive nondestructive ones (NMR imaging). X-ray microtomography in combination with image analysis provides an accurate, nondestructive and easy to use technique to determine simultaneously shrinkage and crack extent. Results reported in this article concern drying of wastewater sludges whose management will become a real challenge in the years to come. These results show a clear relation between drying kinetics and crack development. This could be related to the development of internal diffusional limitations inducing moisture gradients and mechanical stresses leading to cracks formation. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale texture characterization of wastewater sludges dried in a convective rig
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2003), 21(8), 1507-1526

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several ... [more ▼]

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several techniques are used to characterize the texture of the dried materials over a wide range of scales from nm up to mm. Texture and porosity of the dried products are studied by SEM imaging, nitrogen absorption isotherms (0.5 < d(p) < 50 nm), mercury porosimetry (7.5 nm < d(p) < 150 mum) and X-ray microtomography (spatial resolution= 41 mum). The image analysis of cross-sections reconstructed by microtomography also allows following shrinkage and textural evolution during drying. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of X-ray microtomography to follow the convective heat drying of wastewater sludges
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2002), 20(4-5), 1053-1069

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically dewatered sludges from a secondary wastewater treatment. The shrinkage phenomenon is shown to play a crucial role in the control of the drying process. The shrinkage curves are determined by analysing the shape and size of cross sectional microtomographic images of sludge extrudates at different levels of drying. The observation of drying and shrinkage curves allows us to determine 3 critical water content values, which define different drying zones where extragranular, intragranular or mixed limitations prevail. When drying is externally controlled. the decrease of the drying rate observed during experiments can be related to the reduction of the external area of the sample, i.e., to shrinkage. When drying is internally controlled, resistances inside the solid govern the process. Between these two extreme situations, the drying rate reduction is the result of both the external area decrease and the development of internal resistances limiting drying. A multizone model is proposed to describe quantitatively these observations. The analysis of the internal texture of the Sludge extrudates reveal, crack formation at the end of the drying process. The onset of crack formation is clearly related to the appearance of internal transfer limitations. i.e., humidity and temperature gradients inside the material. [less ▲]

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See detailA STUDY OF VACUUM FREEZE-DRYING OF FROZEN WET PAPERS
Carapelle, Alain ULg; Henrist, Marc; Rabecki, Frédéric ULg

in Drying Technology (2001), 19(6), 1113-1124

Vacuum freeze-drying of frozen wet papers was investigated experimentally. A freeze-drying facility was built to study the process by monitoring the various physical parameters (pressure, sample ... [more ▼]

Vacuum freeze-drying of frozen wet papers was investigated experimentally. A freeze-drying facility was built to study the process by monitoring the various physical parameters (pressure, sample temperature, heater temperature, water content of the sample and cold panel temperature). A simple phenomenological model was developed to explain experimental results. The values of the physical parameters were optimized to make the process cost effective. [less ▲]

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