Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis

Hasna, A. M. (2011) Microwave processing applications in chemical engineering: cost analysis. Journal of Applied Sciences, 11 (21). pp. 3613-3618. ISSN 1812-5654

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open access journal.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:07
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 Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8698 Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing > 869899 Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.3923/jas.2011.3613.3618
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21001

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