705 pages | 150 B/W Illus.
This book discusses conventional as well as unconventional wood drying technologies. It covers fundamental thermophysical and energetic aspects and integrates two complex thermodynamic systems, conventional kilns and heat pumps, aimed at improving the energy performance of dryers and the final quality of dried lumber. It discusses advanced components, kiln energy requirements, modeling, and software and emphasizes dryer/heat pump optimum coupling, control, and energy efficiency. Problems are included in most chapters as practical, numerical examples for process and system/components calculation and design. The book presents promising advancements and R&D challenges and future requirements.
"The book Industrial Heat Pump-Assisted Wood Drying by Vasile Minea is a complete guidebook on the application of heat pump-assisted dryer in the lumber drying, covering various aspects ranging from fundamental knowledge on wood properties and mechanism of wood drying (Chapter 1 to 8) to advancement of heat pump-assisted drying technologies (Chapter 9 to 17)…It is highly recommended to the users from industrial and academia who need a one stop solution for their enquiries on heat pump-assisted dryer either in wood drying or other agricultural and biological materials drying."
--Dr. Sze Pheng Ong, University of Nottingham Malaysia
3. Moisture in Wood
4. Moist Air
5. Importance of Wood Drying
6. Wood Drying Methods
7. Mechanisms of Lumber Drying
8. Kiln-Wide Lumber Drying
9. Heat Pump-Assisted Wood Dryers
10. Heat Pump Systems for Drying
12. Heat Exchangers without Phase Changes
13. Moisture Condensers
14. Refrigerant-to-Air Condensers
15. Heat Pump Modeling
16. Case Studies
17. Present and Future R&D Challenges