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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ENHANCING QUALITY, UTILITY, SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF COTTON AND ITS BYPRODUCTS THROUGH IMPROVEMENT IN HARVEST/GIN PROCESSING

Location: Cotton Ginning Research

Title: Microwave drying of seed cotton

Author
item Baker, Kevin

Submitted to: ASABE Annual International Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 31, 2012
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Citation: Baker, K.D. 2012. Microwave drying of seed cotton. ASABE Annual International Meeting. Presentation ONLY; Number 121337611.

Technical Abstract: A small lab dryer was designed for use in drying seed cotton with components of a microwave generator mounted thereon. The magnetron emitted radiation directly into the seed cotton and a fan directed air cross-flow to the radiation direction. The microwave components were a 1.1 kW magnetron, transformer, diode and capacitor. Operational problems with the dryer prevented the full experiment to be conducted by the time of the presentation. Seed cotton near the magnetron antenna dried quickly and started to smolder in five minutes. A redesign of the dryer is underway, in which airflow direction will be concurrent with radiation direction.

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