Management Of Large Scale Osmotic Dehydration Solution Using The Pearson's Square Algorithm
Oladejo Duduyemi, P.O. Ngoddy, B.I.O. Ade-Omowaye
Key words: Algorithm, osmolite, re-concentration, effluent, osmotic dehydration and recycling.
ABSTRACT: Osmotic dehydration is a widely researched and advantageous pre-treatment process in food preservation but has not enjoyed industrial acceptance because if its highly concentrated and voluminous effluent. The Pearson’s square algorithm was employed to give a focussed attack to the problem by developing a user-friendly template for reconstituting effluents for recycling purposes using Java script programme. Outflow from a pilot scale plant was reactivated and introduced into a scheme of operation for continuous OD of fruits and vegetables. Screened and re-concentrated effluent were subjected to statistical analysis in comparison to initial concentrations solution at confidence limit of (p<0.05). The template proven to be an adequate representation of the Pearson’s square algorithm, it is sufficiently good in reconstituting used osmotic solutions for repetitive usage. This protocol if adopted in the industry is not only environmentally friendly but also promises significant economic improvement of OD process. Application: Recycling of non-reacting media and as a template for automation in continuous OD processing.
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