Clean-in-place monitoring of different food fouling materials using ultrasonic measurements
journal contributionposted on 06.06.2019, 09:55 by J. Escrig Escrig, Elliot WoolleyElliot Woolley, Shreedhar Rangappa, Alessandro Simeone, Nicholas Watson
Clean-in-Place is an autonomous technique used to clean the internal surfaces of processing equipment in the food and drink sector. However, these systems clean for a longer time than required with negative economic and environmental impacts. In this work, an ultrasonic sensor system was developed to monitor the cleaning of different food fouling materials at laboratory scale. The fouling removal of three different food materials was also studied at different cleaning fluid temperatures. The three food materials had different cleaning mechanisms, which could be monitored successfully with the ultrasonic system. Tomato paste and gravy appeared to be cleaned by mechanical forces whereas malt extract dissolved into the cleaning water. The results yielded from the cleaning of the malt was found to be repeatable whereas the tomato and gravy were more variable between repeat experiments. It was found that changes in recorded ultrasonic signals were mainly affected by the area of fouling that covered the transducer's active element.
This work was supported by the Innovate UK projects 103936 and 132205.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering