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Rice drying research by the UC Davis Department of Agricultural Engineering
suggested changes in the traditional drying procedures based on what was
learned about the physical and thermal properties of California
grown rice varieties and drying rates under different temperature and
Prior to this research there was no published information available on computer-aided simulation of continuous flow rice driers. The data developed on rice properties was incorporated into a mathematical model to allow computer simulation of rice drying. The computer model was first used to simulate a 15-foot high pilot continuous dryer. Later, the model was used to simulate industrial driers.
Data collected from industrial driers and computer simulations showed good agreement. The simulations are helping driers operate at maximum energy efficiency and produce better head yield. Further developments have led to programs that can be operated on personal computers. Such interactive systems are easy for dryer operators to use. UC Cooperative Extension agricultural engineers are adapting these computer programs for widespread industry use.