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Experimental Modelling of a Solar Dryer for Wood Fuel in Epinal (France)

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Nancy-Metz Academy, 54035, 2 rue Philippe de Gueldres, 54000 Nancy, France
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LERMaB, ENSTIB, 27 rue Philippe Séguin, PO Box 1041, F-88051 Epinal, France
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Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia P.M.B. 7267, Abia State, Nigeria
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH 43081, USA
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
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Modelling 2020, 1(1), 39-52; https://doi.org/10.3390/modelling1010003
Received: 21 July 2020 / Revised: 11 August 2020 / Accepted: 21 August 2020 / Published: 23 August 2020
A solar dryer for wood was constructed and modelled based on the climatic condition of Epinal, France, during the summer, spring and winter seasons. The solar dryer was able to raise the temperature of the drying air by 38 °C in the spring and summer season with a global effective efficiency of 39%. Modelling of the drying of the log of wood was based on the global mass transfer coefficient and the geometric form of the log which was mostly cylindrical was considered. Validation was undertaken with the log covered with the bark. The coefficient of variations of numerical points with the experimental values given by the model was less than 5% with a mean average error and a mean relative error of 2.33% and 4.53%, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: Wood fuel; Fagus sylvatica; solar dryer; solar collector; modelling; experiment; Epinal Wood fuel; Fagus sylvatica; solar dryer; solar collector; modelling; experiment; Epinal
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Simo-Tagne, M.; Ndukwu, M.C.; Azese, M.N. Experimental Modelling of a Solar Dryer for Wood Fuel in Epinal (France). Modelling 2020, 1, 39-52. https://doi.org/10.3390/modelling1010003

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Simo-Tagne M, Ndukwu MC, Azese MN. Experimental Modelling of a Solar Dryer for Wood Fuel in Epinal (France). Modelling. 2020; 1(1):39-52. https://doi.org/10.3390/modelling1010003

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Simo-Tagne, Merlin; Ndukwu, Macmanus C.; Azese, Martin N. 2020. "Experimental Modelling of a Solar Dryer for Wood Fuel in Epinal (France)" Modelling 1, no. 1: 39-52. https://doi.org/10.3390/modelling1010003

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