CEP: May 2019

Chemical engineers in the food industry are tackling the challenges presented by changing consumer demands and environmental issues. Better understanding of process and technologies, as well as applications of totally new innovations will help the industry transform. Other topics in this issue include industrial insulation, vapor nonideality, and Thailand's petrochemical industry.

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Introduction to Industrial Insulation

May
2019
Back To Basics
Kim Melton, Jack Bittner
Designing an insulation system is more nuanced than simply selecting a material that has a maximum use temperature above the operating temperature of your system.

Changing Tastes

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Elizabeth Pavone
Jell-O salads — neatly chopped vegetables, canned or fresh fruits, and cubes of meat or fish encased in shiny gelatin shaped into decorative molds — have, as Laura Shapiro says in her book Perfection Salad, “congealed in the decorative mold of history.” The once-ubiquitous buffet staple owed its popularity to the invention of instant gelatin around the turn of the 20th century.

Challenges and Opportunities in a Legacy Sector

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Harold H. Schmitz, Francesca D’Cruz
The food industry currently favors established companies, methods, and technologies, but increasing consumer interest in health and sustainability is demanding innovation. This is an opportunity for companies that can provide transformative innovation and disrupt the status quo.

Engineering Frozen Desserts

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Richard Hartel
The scraped-surface freezer is at the core of ice cream production. Understanding and controlling this operation and the storage conditions of the final product are critical to creating the smooth and creamy treat consumers expect.

Small-Scale Winemaking

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Kerry Shiels
Winemaking at small scales can produce wines of distinction. Finding and managing exceptional vineyard sites is a critical first step in the winemaking process. Good grapes coupled with small-scale fermentations and smart cellar practices can produce compelling and interesting wines.

Single-Cell Proteins as Aquaculture Feed

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Alon Karpol, Shawn Jones, Bryan Tracy
The demand for aquaculture seafood is expected to increase to feed the growing global population. Producing this food source will require a supply of advanced protein ingredients to supplement or replace fishmeal. Single-cell proteins (SCP) could meet this need while leveraging the corn ethanol industry.

Functional Surfaces in Food Processing

May
2019
SBE Special Section
Stephen M. C. Ritchie, Mainara Costa-Teixeira, Ryan M. Summers
Food contacts many inert surfaces that direct flow or induce turbulence during processing. These surfaces could be modified to provide additional capabilities. The feed spacer material of spiral-wound membranes used in dairy applications is one such surface that could be functionalized to mitigate bacterial growth.

Putting Pressure on Food

May
2019
SBE Special Section
V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam, Nitin Nitin, Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, Alifdalino Sulaiman
The food industry has embraced high-pressure processing (HPP) as a food safety technology. HPP may also help satisfy consumer demand for clean-label products that are safe, nutritious, and don’t include synthetic chemicals.

Vapor-Phase Nonideality: When to Worry

May
2019
Computational Methods
John P. O'Connell
Should you account for vapor property nonidealities in chemical process simulations? The answer will depend on the degree of uncertainty allowed in your system.

Thailand’s Petrochemical Industry

May
2019
Global Outlook
Wiroon Tanthapanichakoon, P. E.
Thailand has one of the most well-developed petrochemical industries in Asia. This article provides insights into past and present trends, challenges, and key success factors for the Thai chemical industry.
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