Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology

Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology
Open Access

ISSN: 2157-7048


Experimental Determination and Modeling of the Drying Curves of Eucalyptus camaldulensis

Ghodbane Houda and Bagane Mohamed

The medicinal and aromatic plants have a great importance for both the pharmaceutical industry and the traditional medicine in Tunisia. This plants contain high moisture content. Such moisture could cause their deterioration in storage. Drying is an interesting solution to keep the quality of these products.

This paper presents the thin layer convective drying and mathematical modeling of Eucalyptus camaldulensis. For these purposes, a forced convection dryer consisting of drying tunnel is a controlled atmosphere that we have equipped with the appropriate measuring instruments. This is a wind tunnel where we can control the temperature, velocity of the drying air.

To determine the kinetic parameters, the drying data were fitted to various models. Among the models proposed, the semiempirical Page model has shown a better fit to the experimental drying data.