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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 4
First page : (204) Last page : (211)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2924

Design and Construction of VFBD and Drying Kinetics of Muskmelon Seeds

Saqib Gulzar1, Gajanan Deshmukh2*, Preeti Birwal2, Saurabh Shankar Patel2 and
 Pragati Singham3
1M. Tech, NIFTEM, Haryana Kundli, India, 131028
2Ph.D. Scholar, SRS of ICAR-NDRI, Bangalore, India, 560030
3Ph.D. Scholar, IARI, Delhi, India, 110012
*Corresponding Author E-mail: gajanannn@gmail.com
Received: 27.04.2017  |  Revised: 8.05.2017   |  Accepted: 10.05.2017  


The main objective of Muskmelon seed drying is the reduction of its moisture content to a safe level and to overcome the main problem associated with the drying of muskmelon seeds. The problem encountered during convention drying is the lump formation causing uneven and under-drying of muskmelon seeds, therefore vibro-fluidized bed dryer (VFBD) was designed with better heat and mass transfer and shorter drying time.  Muskmelon seeds were dried in the VFBD at 60°C, 70°C and 80°C and drying characteristics were studied. VFBD is having capacity 7-8 kg/batch, air flow rate of 700 m3/h, bed velocity of 1.9 m/s. The frequency of the vibrations was varied between 6 to 11 Hz and the amplitude of vibrations was 10 mm. Average moisture content of seeds was reduced from 100% dry basis db to 7% db. Based on experiments it was found that time required to dry the seeds is considerably reduced when drying at higher temperatures i.e., at 80°C for 25 minutes.

Key words: Drying, Vibro-fluidized Bed Dryer, Moisture Content, Fluidization, Drying Rate.

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Cite this article: Gulzar, S., Deshmukh, G., Birwal, P., Patel, S.S. and Singham, P., Design and Construction of VFBD and Drying Kinetics of Muskmelon Seeds, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(4): 204-211 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2924