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Velocity and uniformity of air circulation in conventional kilns for sawn timber

DOI: 10.2298/gsf1206129k

Keywords: air circulation , conventional kiln drying , energy saving

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This paper presents the results of a research of velocity of air circulation in the conventional kiln drying of sawn timber and its influence on the uniformity of final moisture content. The data showed that the air velocity (between 0.8 - 1.2 m s -1) is significantly lower than the one that is optimal for timber drying of coniferous species (3 - 4 m s-1). This results in a reduction in the capacity of installations for drying, increased energy (thermal and electrical) consumption and thereby increase in the cost of drying. The correlation between the speed of air circulation and the final MC of timber due to prolonged drying was not established. Recommendations that should eliminate the identified deficiencies are also given.

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