## THERMAL SCIENCE

International Scientific Journal

### Thermal Science - Online First

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### Mathematical modelling of far-infrared vacuum drying of apple slices

**ABSTRACT**

In this study, a mathematical model of far-infrared vacuum drying of shrinkage body is presented. The system of two coupled partial differential equations for heat and mass transfer with appropriate initial and boundary conditions are solved numerically with used of the finite difference method. On the basis of the numerical solutions a computer program for calculation of temperature profiles, transient moisture content, mid-plane temperature, and the volume averaged moisture content changes for different drying regime was developed. For verification of a mathematical model a series of numerical calculations were carried out with experimental conditions similar to those in the realized experiments of far-infrared vacuum drying of apple slices. Very good agreement between the experimental and numerical temperature and moisture content changes during the drying was obtained.

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PAPER SUBMITTED: 2018-02-05

PAPER REVISED: 2018-04-17

PAPER ACCEPTED: 2018-04-18

PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2018-05-12

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