Hasna, A. M. (2011) Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis. Journal of Applied Sciences, 11 (21). pp. 3613-3618. ISSN 1812-5654
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.3923/jas.2011.3613.3618
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.
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|Additional Information:||Open access journal.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||chemical processing; drying; heating; microwave irradiation; process design|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||09 Engineering > 0908 Food Sciences > 090804 Food Packaging, Preservation and Safety|
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
10 Technology > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||B Ecomonic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8698 Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing > 869899 Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing not elsewhere classified|
|Deposited On:||18 Mar 2012 22:57|
|Last Modified:||05 Jun 2012 09:57|
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