Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 99–106 | Cite as

The effect of pretreatments on air drying characteristics of persimmons

  • Engin Demiray
  • Yahya TulekEmail author


In this study, whole and peeled persimmons were dried in the ranges of 55–75 °C of drying temperature in a hot air dryer. The effect of drying temperature and pretreatments on the drying characteristics was determined. Immersing in a solution of 20 % sucrose resulted in an increase in the drying rate of persimmons. A non-linear regression procedure was used to fit five thin-layer drying models available in the literature to the experimental moisture loss data. The Page and Modified Page models have shown a better fit to the experimental drying data as compared to other models. The effective diffusivity was determined to be 9.237 × 10−10–10.395 × 10−10 m2 s−1 for the blanched persimmons and 7.755 × 10−10–9.631 × 10−10 m2 s−1 for immersed sucrose solution persimmons. The activation energies for diffusion were calculated to be 56.09 kJ mol−1 (for blanched) and 10.28 kJ mol−1 (for immersed sucrose solution).


Root Mean Square Error Sucrose Solution Effective Diffusivity Osmotic Dehydration Moisture Ratio 
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List of symbols

a, b, c, n

Constants of models


Effective diffusivity (m2 s−1)


Pre-exponential factor of the Arrhenius equation (m2 s−1)


Activation energy (kJ mol−1)


Rate constants in models (h−1)


Moisture content (g water/g dry matter)


Equilibrium moisture content (g water/g dry matter)


Initial moisture content (g water/g dry matter)


Moisture ratio


Number of observations


Radius of the persimmon (m)


Determination coefficient


Root mean square error


Temperature (°C)


Drying time (h)


Reduced Chi square


Number of constants in models


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food EngineeringPamukkale UniversityDenizliTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Food Engineering, Engineering FacultyPamukkale UniversityDenizliTurkey

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