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dc.contributor.authorZeng, X.
dc.contributor.authorQuek, C.
dc.contributor.authorDanquah, Michael
dc.contributor.authorWoo, M.
dc.contributor.authorLu, Y.
dc.contributor.authorChen, X.
dc.identifier.citationZeng, X. and Quek, C. and Danquah, M. and Woo, M. and Lu, Y. and Chen, X. 2013. Falling film evaporation characteristics of microalgae suspension for biofuel production. Applied Thermal Engineering. 62 (2): pp. 341-350.

Microalgae, one of the important biofuel producers, have received considerable attention recently. Dewatering is one of the bottlenecks for its industrialization due to the dilute nature of the suspensions and the small cell size. Traditional liquid-solid separation processes are not efficient for dewatering of microalgae suspensions. In this study, falling film evaporation was employed for dewatering of microalgae suspension, which is a popular process for concentrating heat sensitive materials. The heat transfer coefficient was as high as 9414.20 W/m2 K with mass flow rate of 0.233 kg/s, ∆T of 1.21 °C, and microalgae concentration of 60 g/L. The falling film evaporation process can be made highly energy efficient if it is coupled with Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) or Thermal Vapor Recompression (TVR) system. Heat and mass transfer characteristics of falling film evaporation of microalgae suspension have been investigated here. This will provide the fundamentals for future feasibility study of utilizing the falling film evaporation in the microalgal industry.

dc.titleFalling film evaporation characteristics of microalgae suspension for biofuel production
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleApplied Thermal Engineering
curtin.departmentCurtin Sarawak
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