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dc.creatorChen, Youhong
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: p. 107-110.en
dc.descriptionIssued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.en
dc.description.abstractThe process of deep-fat frying involves simultaneous heat and mass transfer Both frying and cooling conditions are critical to the final product quality. An understanding of the complex frying mechanism is helpful to improve the quality of the final products. The frying and cooling processes were simulated by applying energy and mass balance equations to a single chip and a batch of tortilla chips. The temperature, moisture content, and oil content were calculated as a function of frying/cooling time. Finite difference technique was used to solve the set of partial differential equations. Experiments were conducted to validate the mathematical model. The temperature of the chips during frying and cooling processes and the temperature of the oil during frying were measured. Oil content and moisture content for different frying and cooling time were determined using the Soxhiet extraction and the convection oven methods, respectively. Comparisons between predicted and observed results showed that the model successfully simulated the frying and cooling processes for tortilla chips. The good agreements also validate the frying mechanism proposed by this study. The mathematical model was used to analyze the effects of different frying and cooling conditions on the oil, moisture, and temperature profiles during the frying and cooling processes of tortilla chips. Oil absorption decreases as the cooling temperature increases. Initial moisture content and thickness of the tortilla chip also affect the final oil content.en
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectagricultural engineering.en
dc.subjectMajor agricultural engineering.en
dc.titleSimulation of a deep-fat frying process for tortilla chipsen
dc.typeThesisen engineeringen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen

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