Numerical modeling of coupled heat and mass transport during frying and cooling of wood in contact with oil

Grenier, D.1, 2, Bohuon, P.1, 3, Baillière, H.1, Ben Lalli, A., Méot, J.M.1
1 CIRAD, Montpellier cedex, France
2 CTBA, Bordeaux cedex, France
3 ENSIA, 1101, Montpellier cedex, France

This paper proposes a model of coupled heat and mass (water, oil) transport in a porous medium (timber) soaked first in a hot oil bath, then in a cold oil bath. The timber is soaked at hot temperature to dry it (water vaporization, resulting in increased pressure and therefore vapor transport) and at cold temperature to treat it (vapor condensation, resulting in decreased pressure and oil transport).

A model involving three equations, one for heat transfer (conduction, phase change), one for vapor transport (Darcy's law) and one for oil transport (Darcy's law) is developed (3 multiphysics equations). Good agreement was noted between the simulated and the experimental data.