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Fluid Foods Pasteurizer and Homogenizer based on Centrifugal Hydrocavitation Reactor

Objective

The FCHR project proposes the implementation of an integrated pasteuriser and homogenizer for fluid foods based on an alternative approach induced only by mechanical means: hydrodynamic cavitation, which consists in the generation of huge amounts of energy in the form of shock waves, due to the turbulence produced in a fluid by pressure fluctuations. Opposite to currently studied alternatives, such as pulsed electric field or ultrasound cavitation, FCHR is highly scalable, due to the absence of electric field or ultrasound emitters. Substituting thermal pasteurization with a process working at lower temperature, it will deliver a safe product that preserves the sensory characteristics and freshness, while reducing processing cost, thanks to improvement in energy efficiency in the manufacturing steps (pasteurization and homogenization). S&T objectives consist in: 1. optimization of the design of the reactor and the rotor for the specific food industry needs, through simulating the hydrodynamic behavior , 2. mechanical design of the reactor, structural optimization, noise reduction and material selection to avoid any wear 3. implement a specific control system for the control of cavitation and of the pasteurising/homogenizing process 4. test the microbiological, chemical, physical and nutritional quality of 2-3 food products selected 5. Definition of a pasteurizing/homogenizing process design applicable at industrial scale 6. Evaluation of results against commercial benchmark for energetic, economic and quality aspects. The FCHR technology is applicable potentially to all fluid food in which pasteurisation and homogenization is needed: all products in the dairy industry, emulsions of flavorings, fruit nectars, vegetables puree, egg yolks, sauces and tomato sauces, formulations for early childhood, etc. The potential application to these products, and to intermediates used for their production, represent a huge potential market for the technology.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

WIXTA INDUSTRIES SRL
Address
Via Della Tenuta Di Terranova 142
00133 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 365 346
Administrative Contact
Cristian Isopo (Mr.)

Participants (7)

FENCO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 656
Address
Viale Mentana 45
43121 Parma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ennio Ghillani (Mr.)
ELECTRICARS LTD
Malta
EU contribution
€ 164 032
Address
Marina Seafront Skyway Offices Suite 8 Block C 179
9041 Pieta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianluca Scarponi (Mr.)
EPLEBLOMSTEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 118 258
Address
Kirkevegen 2
3812 Akkerhaugen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sveinung Sauar (Mr.)
GLENILEN FARM LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 53 708
Address
Gurteeniher
Drimoleague
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerie Kingston (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renato Lauro (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Torrisi (Ms.)