Drying of Washed Clothing Utilizing Solar Powered Dryer
Raymundo V. Romero, Nelson V. Romero
garments, solar power, dryer, drying chamber
This study made setups that can be used in solar powered drying of wet clothing. This was used to analyze and test the performance. It determined if there is significant difference on the drying rate of set ups related to traditional and experimental method. A solar drying chamber was designed to use local materials in which the frame is made of bamboo with walls made of plastic to trap the heat of the sunlight entering the chamber. There were four set ups that were established in the gathering of data: S-1 is with electric fan, S-2 is with electric fan and electric flat iron, S-3 which did not use the drying chamber, is a traditional method where the garments C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4 & C-5 of different sizes, shapes, width and weight were dried under the heat of the sun. S-4 is almost similar to S-3 but the difference is that the garments were dried with no sunlight. The drying chamber alone is effective to reduce the moisture content of the garments using sunlight. Electric fan and electric flat iron increased the circulation of the enclosed hot air and boasted the drying capacity. Although it was computed that P value is greater than alpha (P > α) in comparison with the results in all set ups, it is insufficient to conclude that there is no significant difference on the experimental and traditional set ups since the data on the traditional set ups are not complete until the garments are totally dried.