Effects of Drying Platform Elevation and Size of Meat on the Rate of Copra Drying

Author(s): Aida C. Mantilla and Tung Ly


Among the different drying platform elevations tested (0.9 m, 1.08 m, 1.24 m), the 1.24 m elevation was found to produce copra of lowest moisture content when drying did not exceed 16 hr. The copra moisture content was not significantly affected by elevations when drying was prolonged to 18.5 to 23.5 hr. Meat sizes did not bring about any significant difference in the drying rate. The NIST Modified Dryer with coconut shells as fuel was used for drying copra.

Keywords : Copra. NIST Modified Dryer. Platform elevation. Meat size. Drying rate.

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