A Computer Model to Simulate Solar and Solar-Dehumidification Lumber Drying

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W. A. Helmer

Department of Thermal and Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. 62901

P. Y. S. Chen

North Central Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Carbondale, Ill.

M. B. Vaidya

Energy Management Corporation, Gardena, Calif.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 104(3), 182-186 (Aug 01, 1982) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266300 History: Received June 06, 1981; Online November 11, 2009


A computer simulation model was developed for a solar lumber drier and a solar-dehumidification drier. Experimental data taken on an existing solar and solar-dehumidification drier compared well with the computer prediction. The solar-dehumidification lumber drier is able to dry wood about as fast as a conventional drier and yet use less than 50 percent of the fossel fuel energy at the site.

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