The resistance of packed beds of moth gram (Vigna aconitifolius) to airflow

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The resistance of packed beds of clean moth gram (Vigna aconitifolius) to airflow was studied at moisture contents varying from 5.64 to 19.42% dry basis (d.b.) and at superficial air velocities ranging between 0.0104 and 0.8321 m s−1 with bed depths of 0.2–0.6 m and bulk densities ranging from 745 to 875 kg m−3. The airflow resistance of moth gram increased with increase in airflow rate and bulk density and decreased with moisture content. Results indicated that a 13.78% increase in moisture content decreased the pressure drop by 26.58% whereas, a 7.7% increase in bulk density increased the pressure drop by 43%. The modified Shedd's equation and Hukill and Ives equation were evaluated to see if they predicted pressure drop accurately. Airflow resistance was accurately described by the modified Shedd's equation. The statistical model that related airflow rate and bulk density could fit pressure drop data reasonably well. For loose fill beds an increase in grain moisture content increased the minimum fluidization velocity value from 1.1009 to 1.2391 m s−1 whereas, for grain beds with 12.47% moisture content, the increase in bulk density decreased the minimum fluidization velocity value from 1.1152 to 1.0306 m s−1.

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