A Particulate Mass Flux Sensor for the Food Process Industry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014-02472
Agency Tracking Number: 2014-02472
Amount: $450,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.5
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1201 CUMBERLAND AVE STE R, West Lafayette, IN, 47906-0000
DUNS: 944533009
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Yudaya Sivathanu
 Technical Director
 (765) 497-3269
 sivathan@enurga.com
Business Contact
 Deepa Divakaran
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (765) 497-3269
Email: deepa@enurga.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Currently, the vast majority of food products are made using batch processing. However, in most manufacturing operations, continuous processing methods provide for higher efficiency as well as greater quality in the finished product. This paradigm is not yet present in the food industry due to one primary reason. Processed food products need to have the correct amount of ingredients mixed together, and there are no sensors available that can provide valid online estimates of the mass flux of these ingredients. This project is aimed at developing and validating a particulate mass flux sensor for the food industry. It is anticipated that at the end of the project, a validated mass flux sensor will be available so that the food industry can move towards continuous processing for some of their processed products.

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