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Cregan, V,O'Brien, SBG,Charpin, JPF,Cronin, K
Journal Of Food Engineering
Temperature evolution in a partially submerged approximate cheese cylinder
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Heat transfer Cheese cooling Flotation Partial differential equations Asymptotics Finite element method COOLING INCORPORATING UNCERTAINTY HEAT-TRANSFER ANALYSIS
An approximate cheese cylinder is cooled while partially submerged in a flowing brine solution. Microbiological considerations require the cheese to be cooled to 4 degrees C or less prior to packaging. Knowledge of the temperature evolution of the product is desirable from a manufacturing perspective, and we propose a model to describe the temperature time-history of a single cheese cylinder during cooling. The combination of unusual product geometry and the discontinuity in surface temperatures motivate the use of the finite element method (FEM). The FEM solution is used to describe the cooling process, and to ascertain the minimum time necessary for the cheese to attain the required packaging temperature. The FEM solution exhibits excellent agreement with the corresponding experimental findings. The discontinuity in surface temperatures has a significant influence on the cooling regime. Future process optimisation should focus on developing methods to increase the cheese surface area in contact with the brine. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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