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Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Last Reviewed: 07/16/2019

Center Mission and Rationale

  • Solving transport problems in semi-moist, porous media for improvement in Energy/Water Efficiency and Product Quality via novel technologies.
  • Solving transport problems using Research, Experimentation, Modeling, System Simulation, Energy Conservation, Smart Sensors/Packaging, and Education.
  • CARD is a unique Center dedicated to assisting U.S. manufacturing industries to become more environmentally sustainable and improve product quality via advancing technology in heat/mass transfer processes, (e.g. drying, heating, cooling, freezing, dewatering, baking, etc).
  • Develop new engineering education programs to nurture innovation as a vital core competency for the next generation workforce.
  • CARD will help member industry partners:
    • lead in novel process improvement technology
    • capture a healthy share of the manufacturing market
    • generate and maintain new US jobs, and
    • assure a strong US economy and standard of living

Research program

Energy/Water Productivity

CARD has these objectives:

  • Reduce energy and water consumption in drying and related heat/mass transfer processes
  • Reduce energy footprint of companies
  • Improve product quality while drying faster
  • Train the next generation workforce for 21st century jobs


CARD is solving essentially fluid transport problems using Experimentation, Modeling, System Simulation, Smart Sensors, Energy Conservation, and next generation workforce Education.

Special Activities

CARD Spring semi-annual IAB meeting is scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2020 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

CARD will host the International Drying Symposium (IDS 2020) on June 28-July 1, 2020 and a Drying Workshop on June 27 & 28, 2020 at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Facilities and Laboratory

  • WPI Facilities
    • Multi-scale Heat Transfer Laboratory
    • Surface Metrology Laboratory
    • Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-Mechatronics
    • Combustion Laboratory
    • Fluid and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory
    • Fuller Environmental Laboratory
    • CNC Laboratory
    • Gateway Park
  • Illinois Facilities
    • Agricultural Bioprocess Laboratory
    • Agricultural Engineering and Sciences Building
    • College of ACES Center for Mass Spectrometry
    • The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
    • Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (FSMRL)
    • Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
    • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
    • Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
    • The Research Park
    • Enterprise Works


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Road
ME Department, HL 130

Worcester, Massachusetts, 01609

United States

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

202 Coble Hall 801 South Wright Street

Champaign, Illinois, 61801

United States