Heat and mass transfer studies of palm kernel cake (PKC) in fluidized bedfermenter

Foong, Chee Woh and Krishnaiah, K., (2009) Heat and mass transfer studies of palm kernel cake (PKC) in fluidized bedfermenter. Industrial Crops and Products, 30. pp. 227-234. ISSN 0926-6690

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Solid state fermentation (SSF) which involves the growth of microorganism on moist solid substratesin the absence of free flowing water, has gained renewed attention over submerged fermentation forspecific applications. During the SSF process in fermenter, there are three main engineering problemsencountered such as the removal of metabolic heat from the substrate, diffusion of O2 and moisturethrough the substrate, and heterogeneity of the substrate and inoculum. A fluidized bed fermenter inwhich the particles move independently like a fluid was proposed to conduct the study. Throughoutthe study, rapid heat transfer from PKC to air was experimentally observed within the first 150s with atemperature drop of 30◦C. This indicated that the excellent heat transfer between palm kernel cake andairallowssolidstatefermentationofPKCwithoutaccumulationofmetabolicheatinthefermenter.Apartfrom heat removal, water adsorption study on PKC from air to bed was carried out.It showed that theincreaseofadsorbedwaterinPKCwasproportionaltoairrelativehumidityandinverselyproportionaltosuperficial air velocity. The maximum moisture content adsorbed by PKC under fluidization conditionswas around 10% (on dry basis). Finally, mathematical models for heat and mass transfer were proposedwhich can predict the experimental data quite satisfactorily

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solid state fermentation Palm kernel cake Fluidized bed Heat transferMass transferModeling
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: MR OTHMAN HJ RAWI
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2019 23:57
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 23:57
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/21774

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