Selective far infrared heating system - design and evaluation. I

Soojin Jun, Joseph Irudayaraj

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A novel far infrared (FIR) heating system was designed for selective heating of food powders such as soy protein and glucose. The FIR heating system consists of six ceramic lamps, a cone-shaped wave-guide, and an optical band pass filter selected according to the spectral absorptivities of the chosen protein and glucose systems. A bandpass filter was used for differential heating of food components primarily due to their selective absorptivities. Selective heating of the two powders showed that protein, with an IR absorption range between 6 and 11 μm could be heated up to 6°C more in 5 min with the filter, compared to normal heating, when glucose temperature was higher than protein. Numerical analysis based on the different absorptivities of powders verified that the simulation results were very close to the experimental data with a maximum percentage error of 8.3%, confirming the feasibility of the heating system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalDrying Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Far infrared
  • Food powder
  • Optical filter
  • Processing
  • Selective heating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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