Food Systems Modelling

Food Systems Modelling
Author: Christian J. Peters,Dawn D. Thilmany
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-11-15
ISBN 10: 9780128221129
ISBN 13: 0128221127
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Food Systems Modelling presents the use of models, both conceptual and computational, to understand the human, commercial, social, political and natural systems that provide our food. The book emphasizes sustainability, including the impact of agriculture and food production on profits, people and environment, with a particular focus on the ability of humanity to continue producing food in the midst of global environmental change. Food Systems Modelling deciphers what models can teach us about food system sustainability. No one can master all the fields currently contributing to the science of food system sustainability, and yet we need multiple approaches to get a picture of the entire system. This book's coverage explores how each branch of modelling views the world and synthesizes what the pieces might mean when considered together. Organized in three parts, the first part introduces three fundamental concepts: the purpose of models, the definition of a food system, and the importance of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary inquiry. The second part delves into specific branches of modelling that have been used to study the sustainability of food systems. The third, and final, part wrestles with the challenge of communicating modelling research and appropriately integrating multiple dimensions of sustainability simultaneously. Food Systems Modelling will be a welcomed reference for food scientists, agricultural scientists, nutritionists, environmental scientists, ecologists, economists, those working in agribusiness and food supply chain management, community and public health, and urban and regional planning, as well as academicians and graduate students interested in sustainability of food systems. Emphasizes sustainability, including the impact of agriculture and food production on profits Focuses on the ability of humanity to continue producing food in the midst of global environmental change Deciphers what models can teach us about food system sustainability

Systems Analysis and Modeling in Food and Agriculture

Systems Analysis and Modeling in Food and Agriculture
Author: K.C.Ting,David H. Fleisher,Luis F. Rodriguez
Publsiher: EOLSS Publications
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2009-02-12
ISBN 10: 1848261330
ISBN 13: 9781848261334
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Systems Analysis and Modeling in Food and Agriculture is a component of Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Systems analysis and modeling is being used increasingly in understanding and solving problems in food and agriculture. The purpose of systems analysis is to support decisions by emphasizing the interactions of processes and components within a system. Frequently investigated systems level questions in agriculture and food are relevant to the 6 E's: Environment, Energy, Ecology, Economics, Education, and Efficiency. The theme on Systems Analysis and Modeling in Food and Agriculture with contributions from distinguished experts in the field provides information on key topics related to food and agricultural system. The coverage include an overview of food system; system level aspects related to energy, environment, and social/policy issues; knowledge bases and decision support; computer models for crops, food processing, water resources, and agricultural meteorology; collection and analysis methods for data from field experiments; use of models and information systems. This volume is aimed at the following a wide spectrum of audiences from the merely curious to those seeking in-depth knowledge: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

Modelling Microorganisms in Food

Modelling Microorganisms in Food
Author: Stanley Brul,Suzanne Van Gerwen,Marcel Zwietering
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-03-12
ISBN 10: 1845692942
ISBN 13: 9781845692940
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Predicting the growth and behaviour of microorganisms in food has long been an aim in food microbiology research. In recent years, microbial models have evolved to become more exact and the discipline of quantitative microbial ecology has gained increasing importance for food safety management, particularly as minimal processing techniques have become more widely used. These processing methods operate closer to microbial death, survival and growth boundaries and therefore require even more precise models. Written by a team of leading experts in the field, Modelling microorganims in food assesses the latest developments and provides an outlook for the future of microbial modelling. Part one discusses general issues involved in building models of microbial growth and inactivation in foods, with chapters on the historical background of the field, experimental design, data processing and model fitting, the problem of uncertainty and variability in models and modelling lag-time. Further chapters review the use of quantitative microbiology tools in predictive microbiology and the use of predictive microbiology in risk assessment. The second part of the book focuses on new approaches in specific areas of microbial modelling, with chapters discussing the implications of microbial variability in predictive modelling and the importance of taking into account microbial interactions in foods. Predicting microbial inactivation under high pressure and the use of mechanistic models are also covered. The final chapters outline the possibility of incorporating systems biology approaches into food microbiology. Modelling microorganisms in food is a standard reference for all those in the field of food microbiology. Assesses the latest developments in microbial modelling Discusses the issues involved in building models of microbial growth Chapters review the use of quantitative microbiology tools in predictive microbiology

Food Processing Operations Modeling

Food Processing Operations Modeling
Author: Joseph M. Irudayaraj
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2001-02-27
ISBN 10: 0824745167
ISBN 13: 9780824745165
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A comprehensive survey of thermal processing and modelling techniques in food process engineering. It combines theory and practice to solve actual problems in the food processing industry - emphasizing heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, electromagnetics, stochastic processes, and neural network analysis in food systems. There are specific case studies with over 350 numerical and computational equations and solutions.

Practical Applications of Agricultural System Models to Optimize the Use of Limited Water

Practical Applications of Agricultural System Models to Optimize the Use of Limited Water
Author: Lajpat R. Ahuja,Liwang Ma,Robert J. Lascano
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-01-22
ISBN 10: 0891183434
ISBN 13: 9780891183433
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Completely devoted to applicati on of models to opti mize the use of limited water and nutrients in various climates, this collecti on will inspire confi dence in the capacity of modeling to tackle the biggest threats to secure agriculture. To obtain the most producti on from available water while maintaining natural resources, we need whole system–based quanti tati ve knowledge and tools to help select appropriate crops and manage water and associated inputs on a site-specifi c basis under changing climate. Site-specifi c experimental results are available for limited locati ons, limited periods of ti me, and limited management opti ons. Well-tested process models of cropping systems can extend fi eld research results to long-term weather conditi ons, as well as other climates and soils, allowing us to explore new management opti ons. The case studies in this volume are promising examples of these kinds of soluti ons.

Kinetic Analysis of Food Systems

Kinetic Analysis of Food Systems
Author: Alejandro G. Marangoni
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 173
Release: 2017-02-15
ISBN 10: 3319512927
ISBN 13: 9783319512921
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This text provides a comprehensive and thorough overview of kinetic modelling in food systems, which will allow researchers to further their knowledge on the chemistry and practical use of modelling techniques. The main emphasis is on performing kinetic analyses and creating models, employing a hands-on approach focused on putting the content discussed to direct use. The book lays out the requisite basic information and data surrounding kinetic modelling, presents examples of applications to different problems and provides exercises that can be solved utilizing the data provided. Kinetic Analysis of Food Systems pursues a practical approach to kinetic analysis, providing helpful exercises involving chlorophyll degradation in processed vegetables, metabolic oscillations and sugar accumulation in cold-stored potatoes, transesterification of oils to manufacture biodiesel, aggregation of whey proteins to make protein gels and crystallization of fat stabilizers used in nut butters, among others. The book lays out the basics of kinetic modelling and develops several new models for the study of these complex systems. Taken together with the accompanying exercises, they offer a full portrait of kinetic analysis, from its basic scientific groundwork to its application.

Mathematics of Planet Earth

Mathematics of Planet Earth
Author: Hans G. Kaper,Fred S. Roberts
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2019-12-21
ISBN 10: 3030220443
ISBN 13: 9783030220440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Since its inception in 2013, Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) focuses on mathematical issues arising in the study of our planet. Interested in the impact of human activities on the Earth’s system, this multidisciplinary field considers the planet not only as a physical system, but also as a system supporting life, a system organized by humans, and a system at risk. ​The articles collected in this volume demonstrate the breadth of techniques and tools from mathematics, statistics, and operations research used in MPE. Topics include climate modeling, the spread of infectious diseases, stability of ecosystems, ecosystem services, biodiversity, infrastructure restoration after an extreme event, urban environments, food security, and food safety. Demonstrating the mathematical sciences in action, this book presents real-world challenges for the mathematical sciences, highlighting applications to issues of current concern to society. Arranged into three topical sections (Geo- and Physical Sciences; Life Sciences, Ecology and Evolution; Socio-economics and Infrastructure), thirteen chapters address questions such as how to measure biodiversity, what mathematics can say about the sixth mass extinction, how to optimize the long-term human use of natural capital, and the impact of data on infrastructure management. The book also treats the subject of infectious diseases with new examples and presents an introduction to the mathematics of food systems and food security. Each chapter functions as an introduction that can be studied independently, offering source material for graduate student seminars and self-study. The range of featured research topics provides mathematical scientists with starting points for the study of our planet and the impact of human activities. At the same time, it offers application scientists a plethora of modern mathematical tools and techniques to address the various topics in practice. Including hundreds of references to the vast literature associated with each topic, this book serves as an inspiration for further research.

Modelling Simulation and Control of Non linear Dynamical Systems

Modelling  Simulation and Control of Non linear Dynamical Systems
Author: Patricia Melin,Oscar Castillo
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2001-10-25
ISBN 10: 1420024523
ISBN 13: 9781420024524
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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These authors use soft computing techniques and fractal theory in this new approach to mathematical modeling, simulation and control of complexion-linear dynamical systems. First, a new fuzzy-fractal approach to automated mathematical modeling of non-linear dynamical systems is presented. It is illustrated with examples on the PROLOG programming la

Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions

Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions
Author: Dr Jay D Gatrell,Ms Paula S Ross,Professor Neil Reid
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2012-09-01
ISBN 10: 1409461475
ISBN 13: 9781409461470
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in local food systems-among policy makers, planners, and public health professionals, as well as environmentalists, community developers, academics, farmers, and ordinary citizens. While most local food systems share common characteristics, the chapters in this book explore the unique challenges and opportunities of local food systems located within mature and/or declining industrial regions. Local food systems have the potential to provide residents with a supply of safe and nutritious food; such systems also have the potential to create much-needed employment opportunities. However, challenges are numerous and include developing local markets of a sufficient scale, adequately matching supply and demand, and meeting the environmental challenges of finding safe growing locations. Interrogating the scale, scope, and economic context of local food systems in aging industrialized cities, this book provides a foundation for the development of new sub-fields in economic, urban, and agricultural geographies that focus on local food systems. The book represents a first attempt to provide a systematic picture of the opportunities and challenges facing the development of local food systems in old industrial regions.

A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System

A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System
Author: National Research Council,Institute of Medicine,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Food and Nutrition Board,Committee on a Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2015-06-17
ISBN 10: 030930783X
ISBN 13: 9780309307833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans' well-being than any other human activity. The food industry is the largest sector of our economy; food touches everything from our health to the environment, climate change, economic inequality, and the federal budget. From the earliest developments of agriculture, a major goal has been to attain sufficient foods that provide the energy and the nutrients needed for a healthy, active life. Over time, food production, processing, marketing, and consumption have evolved and become highly complex. The challenges of improving the food system in the 21st century will require systemic approaches that take full account of social, economic, ecological, and evolutionary factors. Policy or business interventions involving a segment of the food system often have consequences beyond the original issue the intervention was meant to address. A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System develops an analytical framework for assessing effects associated with the ways in which food is grown, processed, distributed, marketed, retailed, and consumed in the United States. The framework will allow users to recognize effects across the full food system, consider all domains and dimensions of effects, account for systems dynamics and complexities, and choose appropriate methods for analysis. This report provides example applications of the framework based on complex questions that are currently under debate: consumption of a healthy and safe diet, food security, animal welfare, and preserving the environment and its resources. A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System describes the U.S. food system and provides a brief history of its evolution into the current system. This report identifies some of the real and potential implications of the current system in terms of its health, environmental, and socioeconomic effects along with a sense for the complexities of the system, potential metrics, and some of the data needs that are required to assess the effects. The overview of the food system and the framework described in this report will be an essential resource for decision makers, researchers, and others to examine the possible impacts of alternative policies or agricultural or food processing practices.

Food Security and Global Environmental Change

Food Security and Global Environmental Change
Author: John Ingram,Polly Ericksen,Diana Liverman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-07-26
ISBN 10: 1136530886
ISBN 13: 9781136530883
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Global environmental change (GEC) represents an immediate and unprecedented threat to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, especially those who depend on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. As this book shows, at the same time, agriculture and related activities also contribute to GEC by, for example, intensifying greenhouse gas emissions and altering the land surface. Responses aimed at adapting to GEC may have negative consequences for food security, just as measures taken to increase food security may exacerbate GEC. The authors show that this complex and dynamic relationship between GEC and food security is also influenced by additional factors; food systems are heavily influenced by socioeconomic conditions, which in turn are affected by multiple processes such as macro-level economic policies, political conflicts and other important drivers. The book provides a major, accessible synthesis of the current state of knowledge and thinking on the relationships between GEC and food security. Most other books addressing the subject concentrate on the links between climate change and agricultural production, and do not extend to an analysis of the wider food system which underpins food security; this book addresses the broader issues, based on a novel food system concept and stressing the need for actions at a regional, rather than just an international or local, level. It reviews new thinking which has emerged over the last decade, analyses research methods for stakeholder engagement and for undertaking studies at the regional level, and looks forward by reviewing a number of emerging 'hot topics' in the food security-GEC debate which help set new agendas for the research community at large. Published with Earth System Science Partnership, GECAFS and SCOPE

Aquaponics Food Production Systems

Aquaponics Food Production Systems
Author: Simon Goddek,Alyssa Joyce,Benz Kotzen,Gavin M. Burnell
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 619
Release: 2019-06-21
ISBN 10: 3030159434
ISBN 13: 9783030159436
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This open access book, written by world experts in aquaponics and related technologies, provides the authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key aquaculture and hydroponic and other integrated systems, socio-economic and environmental aspects. Aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture and vegetable food production offer alternative technology solutions for a world that is increasingly under stress through population growth, urbanisation, water shortages, land and soil degradation, environmental pollution, world hunger and climate change.

Handbook of Food and Bioprocess Modeling Techniques

Handbook of Food and Bioprocess Modeling Techniques
Author: Shyam S. Sablani,Ashim K. Datta,M. Shafiur Rahman,Arun S. Mujumdar
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2006-12-19
ISBN 10: 1420015079
ISBN 13: 9781420015072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Food and Bioprocess Modeling Techniques Book Review:

With the advancement of computers, the use of modeling to reduce time and expense, and improve process optimization, predictive capability, process automation, and control possibilities, is now an integral part of food science and engineering. New technology and ease of use expands the range of techniques that scientists and researchers have at the

Food Microstructures

Food Microstructures
Author: Vic Morris,Kathy Groves
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2013-10-15
ISBN 10: 0857098896
ISBN 13: 9780857098894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The development of high-quality foods with desirable properties for both consumers and the food industry requires a comprehensive understanding of food systems and the control and rational design of food microstructures. Food microstructures reviews best practice and new developments in the determination of food microstructure. After a general introduction, chapters in part one review the principles and applications of various spectroscopy, tomography and microscopy techniques for revealing food microstructure, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods, environmental scanning electron, probe, photonic force, acoustic, light, confocal and infrared microscopies. Part two explores the measurement, analysis and modelling of food microstructures. Chapters focus on rheology, tribology and methods for modelling and simulating the molecular, cellular and granular microstructure of foods, and for developing relationships between microstructure and mechanical and rheological properties of food structures. The book concludes with a useful case study on electron microscopy. Written by leading professionals and academics in the field, Food microstructures is an essential reference work for researchers and professionals in the processed foods and nutraceutical industries concerned with complex structures, the delivery and controlled release of nutrients, and the generation of improved foods. The book will also be of value to academics working in food science and the emerging field of soft matter. Reviews best practice and essential developments in food microstructure microscopy and modelling Discusses the principles and applications of various microscopy techniques used to discover food microstructure Explores the measurement, analysis and modelling of food microstructures

Food systems at risk

Food systems at risk
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,The European Commission,Agricultural Research for development
Publsiher: Food & Agriculture Org.
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2019-10-03
ISBN 10: 9251317321
ISBN 13: 9789251317327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The way food systems have evolved over past decades means that they now face major risks, which in turn threaten the future of food systems themselves. Food systems have seriously contributed to climate change, environmental destruction, overexploitation of natural resources and pollution of air, water and soils. Despite the global average improvement in calorie production and major development of the food and agricultural product markets, huge inequalities in food access and repartition of the added value have emerged, leading to new serious nutritional and social problems. Based on a review of the most recent scientific knowledge, this report emphasizes Low-Income and Lower Middle-Income countries where the population faces greater challenges than elsewhere. Different threats are adding up and there are few options to adapt or mitigate these combinations of risks. This is a call for all those - businesses, policy makers, consumers, funding agencies - who are engaged in food systems transformations to bear in mind their systemic aspects and their multiple outcomes and risks in order to be able to fashion more sustainable and equitable food systems. This report was prepared and coordinated by the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), and is a joint production with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). The scientific report hereunder takes stock of the current and future risks and challenges as regards to food systems.

Agricultural Research for Sustainable Food Systems in Sri Lanka

Agricultural Research for Sustainable Food Systems in Sri Lanka
Author: Ranjith Premalal De Silva
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 9811536732
ISBN 13: 9789811536731
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Resources Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth

Resources  Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth
Author: Roberto Pasqualino,Aled Wynne Jones
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2020-05-19
ISBN 10: 1317285255
ISBN 13: 9781317285250
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book presents a new System Dynamics model (the ERRE model), a novel stock and flow consistent global impact assessment model designed by the authors to address the financial risks emerging from the interaction between economic growth and environmental limits under the presence of shocks. Building on the World3-03 Limits to Growth model, the ERRE links the financial system with the energy, agriculture and climate systems through the real economy, by means of feedback loops, time lags and non-linear rationally bounded decision making. Prices and their interaction with growth, inflation and interest rates are assumed to be the main driver of economic failure while reaching planetary limits. The model allows for the stress-testing of fat tail extreme risk scenarios, such as climate shocks, energy transition, monetary policies and carbon taxes. Risks are addressed via scenario analyses, compared to real available data, and assessed in terms of the economic theory that lies behind. The book outlines the case for a government led system change within this decade, where the market alone cannot lead to sustainable prosperity. This book will be of great interest to scholars of climate change, behavioural, ecological and evolutionary economics, green finance, and sustainable development.

Modeling Life

Modeling Life
Author: Alan Garfinkel,Jane Shevtsov,Yina Guo
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2017-09-06
ISBN 10: 3319597310
ISBN 13: 9783319597317
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book develops the mathematical tools essential for students in the life sciences to describe interacting systems and predict their behavior. From predator-prey populations in an ecosystem, to hormone regulation within the body, the natural world abounds in dynamical systems that affect us profoundly. Complex feedback relations and counter-intuitive responses are common in nature; this book develops the quantitative skills needed to explore these interactions. Differential equations are the natural mathematical tool for quantifying change, and are the driving force throughout this book. The use of Euler’s method makes nonlinear examples tractable and accessible to a broad spectrum of early-stage undergraduates, thus providing a practical alternative to the procedural approach of a traditional Calculus curriculum. Tools are developed within numerous, relevant examples, with an emphasis on the construction, evaluation, and interpretation of mathematical models throughout. Encountering these concepts in context, students learn not only quantitative techniques, but how to bridge between biological and mathematical ways of thinking. Examples range broadly, exploring the dynamics of neurons and the immune system, through to population dynamics and the Google PageRank algorithm. Each scenario relies only on an interest in the natural world; no biological expertise is assumed of student or instructor. Building on a single prerequisite of Precalculus, the book suits a two-quarter sequence for first or second year undergraduates, and meets the mathematical requirements of medical school entry. The later material provides opportunities for more advanced students in both mathematics and life sciences to revisit theoretical knowledge in a rich, real-world framework. In all cases, the focus is clear: how does the math help us understand the science?

Assessing the impacts of COVID 19 on Myanmar s economy A Social Accounting Matrix SAM multiplier approach

Assessing the impacts of COVID 19 on Myanmar   s economy  A Social Accounting Matrix  SAM  multiplier approach
Author: Diao, Xinshen,Aung, Nilar,Lwin, Wuit Yi,Zone, Phoo Pye,Nyunt, Khin Maung,Thurlow, James
Publsiher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-05-27
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Optimization in Food Engineering

Optimization in Food Engineering
Author: Ferruh Erdogdu
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 758
Release: 2008-12-09
ISBN 10: 1420061429
ISBN 13: 9781420061420
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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While mathematically sophisticated methods can be used to better understand and improve processes, the nonlinear nature of food processing models can make their dynamic optimization a daunting task. With contributions from a virtual who’s who in the food processing industry, Optimization in Food Engineering evaluates the potential uses and limitations of optimization techniques for food processing, including classical methods, artificial intelligence-genetic algorithms, multi-objective optimization procedures, and computational fluid dynamics. The book begins by delineating the fundamentals and methods for analytical and numerical procedures. It then covers optimization techniques and how they specifically apply to food processing. The final section digs deep into fundamental food processes and provides detailed explanation and examples from the most experienced and published authors in the field. This includes a range of processes from optimization strategies for improving the performance of batch reactors to the optimization of conventional thermal processing, microwave heating, freeze drying, spray drying, and refrigeration systems, to structural optimization techniques for developing beverage containers, optimization approaches for impingement processing, and optimal operational planning methodologies. Each chapter presents the required parameters for the given process with the optimization procedure to apply. An increasing part of the food processor’s job is to optimize systems to squeeze more dollars out of overhead to offset rising utility and transportation costs. Logically combining optimization techniques from many sources into a single volume focused on food production processes, this book provides real solutions to increases in energy, healthcare, and product liability costs that impact the bottom line in food production.