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Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing - Exergy analysis


About this course

Note: This is a distance learning course. For campus students FPE35303 + FPE35403 can replace FPE30806 Sustainable Food and Bioprocessing.
In this course we will study the influences of different choices in food production and processing methods. The evaluation of existing and new technologies requires appropriate evaluation instruments, plus a process system design that allows optimal use of resources and technologies. This course will provide the analytical instruments of Exergy Analysis, for the objective evaluation on efficient use of raw materials, energy, water and other utilities for various food production systems (from large-scale supply chain, factory level, down to product and unit operation level).

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • perform exergy calculations;
  • analyse efficiency of process systems with exergy analysis;
  • prepare Grassmann diagrams for exergy flow and destruction in food and bioprocess systems;
  • identify thermodynamic (in)efficiencies, relate these to practical issues and options for improvement;
  • suggest improvements both in unit operations and in larger-scale production systems;
  • synthesize an overall vision on process efficiency and limitations and possibilities for improvement of sustainability in production processes.

Teaching method and examination

Final grading is based on:

  • Individual written exam with open questions (weight 75%).
  • Assignment process design: report (weight 25%)

For both the assignment and the written exam the bottom mark is 5.00.
In case of an insufficiently graded assignment an improved version should be re-submitted. Consult the course coordinator for the re-submission due date.

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
FPE21306 Food Production and Preservation
FPE20306 Food Engineering

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  • Start date

    13 mei 2024

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
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      Period 6
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  • Start date

    12 mei 2025

    • Ends
      4 juli 2025
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      Period 6
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