To optimize, with respect to energy efficiency, batch drying processes for structural ceramics and construction timber.
A modular computer-based simulation environment for batch drying processes is developed. This will then be applied with confidence to achieve process optimisation with respect to both efficient use of energy and acceptable product quality. Although ultimately applicable to a wide range of batch drying processes, the study is limited in this project to structural ceramics and construction timber.
Characterization and simulation of wood types undergoing drying is performed by TNO - TPD and Staffordshire Polytechnic will carry out similar work on clays. Modelling of the wood drying process will be done by the Universities Ulster and Perpignan. TNO - Houttechnologie surveys high temperature drying process for wood.
With regard to the characterization and simulation of the drying chamber, TNO - TPD investigates the effect of drying conditions on drying uniformity and other variables.
The total drying installation simulation employs a macroscopic approach to the problem, for optimizing drying curves and integrating the various energy flows. This is done by TNO - TPD and TNO - IMET.
Experimental validation on a laboratory scale facility is done by TNO - Houttechnology and the University of Ulster, with an input from Staffordshire Polytechnic.
Consultation with several industrial users of dryers will be an essential part of the project.
ST18 0AD Stafford
BT37 0QB Newtownabbey