Keywords Activation energy Effective moisture diffusivity Energy consumption Microwave drying Mussel Introduction It is known from archaeological excavations that humans have been eating mussels for thousands of years. They can be cooked or eaten raw. Additionally, mussels, which are known as blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), are an edible bivalve mollusc marine product that corresponds to the Mytilidae family . These mussels can be grown via intensive aquaculture. The world aquaculture production reached 97.2 million tons in 2013 with an estimated value of US$157 billion. A total of 575 aquatic species and species groups have been grown in fresh water, sea water and brackish water. In 2013, mussel production was approximately 1.756 million tons (96,621 tons by capture production) with an estimated value of US$3.32 billion. The main producers of Mytilus edulis are USA, Canada, Channel Islands, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Ireland . Food products can easily decay and spoil because of microbiological activity, but this problem can be solved by decreasing the moisture content. However, there are several major disadvantages in the drying methods, especially the hot air drying of agricultural products. Speciﬁcally, low energy efﬁciency, quality loss and long drying time.
Research on Chemical Intermediates – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 30, 2016
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