5th International Anatolian Energy Symposium, Trabzon, Turkey, 24 - 26 March 2021, pp.11-20
Drying have a several usage of purpose which are extend the shelf life of food products, to reduce packaging costs
and shipping weights, to protect original flavors and nutritional values. In recent years, with increased interest in
organic products, dried vegetables and fruits are in great demand. In this study, the drying characteristics of button
mushrooms have been investigated in fluidized bed dryer. Button mushrooms (Agaricus Bisporus) are rich protein
source and covers 37,7% of the world's fungal production. Experimental study was carried out in fluidize bed dryer
at air temperatures of 45-50-55-60 °C at constant air velocity of 6,5 m/s and at constant 50 °C drying air
temperature of 5.5-6.5-7.5 m/s. Mushrooms cut like a slab with thickness of 5 mm and experimental drying times
have been examined. Experimental data were used as inputs of artificial neural network and a network was trained.
With the help of the trained network, the best experimental conditions were selected by calculating the error rates
between the inputs and outputs. Thus, test costs, equipment usage rates and energy consumption were reduced.