Cleaning with Micro-bubbles
Green CIP Technology with Micro-bubbles curriculum
Sanitation in the food industry has a double purpose. On one hand, it includes cleaning of food process equipment to eliminate deposits built-up on food processing equipment surfaces that harbor microorganisms and compromise food safety and quality. On the other hand, sanitation is essential for cleaning soiled equipment surfaces that may induce significant resistance to heat transfer and affect the performance of the food process. Since sanitation must be done following strict and timely scheduled protocols, commonly spaced between production cycles, Clean-In-Place (CIP) is used extensively in the food industry for the interior cleaning of pipes, vessels, and other enclosed process systems.
Researchers at Purdue University are currently studying ways to reduce water and energy use by using micro-bubbles to clean food processing equipment. The curriculum (see link below) provides information about the research, the researchers, and activities for high school students.
Draft curriculum, under development: Click for draft curriculum (5/3/2021)
Micro-bubbles removing soil from a pipe