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Fluid Foods Pasteurizer and Homogenizer based on Centrifugal Hydrocavitation Reactor

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.

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)

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FENCO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 656

ELECTRICARS LTD

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 164 032

EPLEBLOMSTEN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 118 258

GLENILEN FARM LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 53 708

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

LABOR SRL

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 315134

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 182 560

  • EU contribution

    € 895 000

Coordinated by:

WIXTA INDUSTRIES SRL

Italy