Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis

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Hasna, A. M.. 2011. "Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis ." Journal of Applied Sciences. 11 (21), pp. 3613-3618. https://doi.org/10.3923/jas.2011.3613.3618
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Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis

ERA Journal ID17620
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHasna, A. M.
Journal TitleJournal of Applied Sciences
Journal Citation11 (21), pp. 3613-3618
Number of Pages6
Year2011
Place of PublicationFaisalabad, Pakistan
ISSN1607-8926
1812-5654
1812-5662
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3923/jas.2011.3613.3618
Web Address (URL)http://www.scialert.net/qredirect.php?doi=jas.2011.3613.3618&linkid=pdf
Abstract

Rising fossil fuel energy costs and climate change have generated increased interest in alternative drying methods. Microwave processing applications chemical engineering industry is one possible substitute. The advantages of using microwave processing applications in chemical engineering can range from improved quality, reduced wastage; unique characteristics induced by 'volumetric' heating and increased production. However, irrespective of benefits that would accrue if the solution is put into effect, the final hurdle for industry adoption can only be made with the achievement of a financial return on investment. This study analyses the costs and benefits for implementing microwave systems and presents results for economic parameters used in cost calculations. The calculations method is outlined using a corrugated board case study. Furthermore in the age of green awakening microwave processing is argued to help improve process efficiency by using green electric supply hence reducing CO2 emissions.

Keywordschemical processing; drying; heating; microwave irradiation; process design
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300604. Food packaging, preservation and processing
401408. Manufacturing processes and technologies (excl. textiles)
310602. Bioprocessing, bioproduction and bioproducts
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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