Author(s): Adu E. A, Bodunde A. A, Awagu E. F, Olayemi F. F
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Vol.1 - Issue 10 (December - 2012)
The solar drying tent described in this paper can be used for drying various agricultural produce under hygienic conditions. The solar collector/drying platform with area of 29.6ft2 (8ftx3.7ft) has black clothing material to absorb solar radiation on which agricultural produce to be dried is spread. The black clothing material is line with rubber mesh Undernet it. Two long sides(length) of the solar collector/drying platform are covered totally with black clothing material while the remaining two sides(breadth) are covered half-way up with black material and the remaining half-way up with rubber mesh. The solar collector/drying platform are covered with transparent polythene sheet to allowing radiation from sun to fall on the collector. The result shows temperature above 0C inside the drying tent and temperature greater than that of the sun drying surface 50 with an average of 6.250C. The moisture content of okra was reduced from 86.05% to 3.43% in 23hrs of effective drying.
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