This important book will make an excellent addition to anyone involved in the drying of ceramic materials. In order to accommodate readers with a wide range of interest and abilities, most chapters are divided into sections by basic and advanced concepts. Selected chapters include introduction to drying; water, air, and water vapor; drying mechanisms in particulate systems; psychrometry; characterization of dryer operations; dryer control; drying defects; and advanced drying technologies. The book contains problems at the end of each chapter (with answers to selected problems in the appendix) and laboratory exercises.
Introduction to Drying. Part A: Basic Concepts. Part B: Advanced Concepts. Water, Air, and Water Vapor. Part A: Water. Part B: Air. Part C: Air-Water Vapor Mixtures. Drying Mechanisms in Particulate Systems. Part A: Basic Concepts. Part B: Stages of Drying. Psychrometry. Part A: Reading and Interpreting Psychrometric Charts. Part B: Advanced Concepts: Summary of Equations for Psychrometric Properties. Characterization of Dryer Operations. Part A: Analyzing Dryer Performance Using Psychrometric Charts. Part B: Sankey Diagrams and Dryer Thermal Efficiency. Dryer Control: Controlling Countercurrent Convection Dryers. Drying Defects and Drying Shrinkage. Part A: Drying Cracks Resulting from Material Preparation. Theoretical Treatment of Drying Shrinkage. Advanced Drying Technologies. Part A: Microwave Drying. Part B: Radio Frequency Drying. Part C: Airless Drying. Part D: Fast Drying Using Convection. Laboratory Exercises. Experiment 1: Particle Size (Screen Analysis). Experiment 2: Particle Size (Sedimentation Analysis to Determine Colloidal Sizes). Experiment 3: Moisture Adsorption and Ignition Loss. Experiment 4: Extrusion of Clay Bodies. Experiment 5: Stages of Drying. Experiment 6: Permeability in Drying (Moisture Movement in Drying). Experiment 7: Mix Pelletizing. Experiment 8: Thermal Gradient Furnace Testing/Thermal Expansion. Experiment 9: Firing Traditional Ceramics. Experiment 10: Firing Dry-Pressed Ceramics. Experiment 11: Advanced Properties of Pressed and Extruded Ceramics. Appendix 1: Symbols, Terms, and Units of Measurement. Appendix 2: Conversion Factors. Appendix 3: Answers to Selected Problems. Appendix 4: Additional Psychrometric Charts. Index.
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