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Drying Performance of Mobile Dryer and Physical Quality Assessment of Dried Shelled Corn

Yahya Sahari 1, Sharifah Hafiza Mohd Ramli 1, Amir Syariffuddeen Mhd Adnan 1, Mohd Shahrir Azizan 1, Afiqah Aina Rahim1, Zainun Mohd Shafie 1, and Nor Amna Aliah Mohammad Nor 2
1. Engineering Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2. Socio-economic, Market and Agribusiness Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Abstract—While drying an agricultural product is a challenging process, there is always a chance to improve the drying method and strategy in terms of preserving quality, decreasing cost, and also increasing capacity. A grain corn drying study was conducted with the objectives of evaluating the grain corn drying performance of a mobile dryer as well as the economic and quality aspects of the dried grain corn. The results indicated that the mobile dryer was capable of drying 3-3.4 tons of grain corn from 25 to 13% (w.b) moisture content. The study also compared drying performance during sunny and rainy conditions to get the optimum conditions for drying grain corn. The results suggest that the Stress Cracking Index (SCI) and the colour changes were acceptable. The drying cost analysis using a mobile dryer was also calculated. It can be concluded that the mobile dryer can be used for drying grain corn despite its deficiency.
 
Index Terms—mobile corn dryer, grain drying, drying performance, dried shelled corn quality

Cite: Yahya Sahari, Sharifah Hafiza Mohd Ramli, Amir Syariffuddeen Mhd Adnan, Mohd Shahrir Azizan, Afiqah Aina Rahim, Zainun Mohd Shafie, and Nor Amna Aliah Mohammad Nor, "Drying Performance of Mobile Dryer and Physical Quality Assessment of Dried Shelled Corn," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 7-12, June 2021. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.8.1.7-12

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