A radio-frequency (RF) generator applied in drying technology was designed and manufactured for drying Ganoderma lucidum. The drying experiments were conducted by drying method of RF-assisted heat pump in order to inspect the operating parameters of the RF generator and investigate the effects of the input drying parameters on drying rate in the RF-assisted heat pump drying of Ganoderma lucidum. The results have shown that the RF generator achieved the required operating parameters as design such as RF power of 3 kW and operating frequency of 27 MHz. In RF-assisted heat pump drying, increase in RF power and drying air temperature increases the drying rate. Meanwhile, drying air velocity does not significantly affect the drying rate. At RF power of 1.95 kW, the drying time reduces by 9, 17, and 33% in comparison with RF power of 1.3, 0.65, and 0 kW (heat pump drying). At drying air temperature of 50°C, the drying time reduces by 10% and 21% in comparison with drying air temperature of 40 and 45°C. Besides, increasing RF power retains the higher content of polysaccharide in Ganoderma lucidum, and the Ganoderma lucidum samples retain the color better after drying.
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