Heat pump assisted continuous drying part 1: Simulation model



The addition of a heat pump to a conventional hot air drying system can enhance the efficiency of drying. To investigate the performance of heat pump assisted continuous drying system a detailed simulation model has been developed. The system modelled consists of a vapour compression heat pump coupled to a continuous cross-flow dryer. The model takes account of detailed heat and mass transfer phenomena taking place in each component of the system and can be used to investigate many different system configurations.