Kinetics of Gelatinized White Yam (Dioscorea Rotundata, Poir) During Convective Drying

Adesola A Satimehin
2017 FUOYE Journal of Engineering and Technology  
Gelatinized white yam cubes, having a moisture content of 196% dry basis were dried in a convective dryer under different conditions of air temperature (40, 50, 60 and 70°C) and relative humidity (20 - 50%). There was no constant rate period throughout the entire drying period as drying took place entirely during a falling rate period. The effect of temperature was more pronounced than that of relative humidity. The drying data were fitted to five thin-layer drying models. The goodness of fit
more » ... the models were evaluated by comparing the percent mean relative deviation modulus (E%), RMSE, χ2 and R2 between their observed and predicted moisture ratio. The Binomial approximation of Fick's diffusion equation gave the best fit to the drying data as the highest values of R2 and the lowest values of χ2 and RMSE were consistently obtained with the Binomial model equation.
doi:10.46792/fuoyejet.v2i2.127 fatcat:yy2wvhurrzejhn2jl4rwxiizze