Course syllabus

Food Engineering

KLGN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Main field: Food Technology and Nutrition.
Compulsory for: MLIV1
Elective Compulsory for: MLSA1, MLSA2
Elective for: B4-lm, K5-p
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


This purpose of the course is to give deeper understanding of fundamental engineering principles, with special emphasis on heat and mass transfer in food processing unit operations.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




A) Food engineering fundamentals: Engineering numeracy, thermophysical properties and uncertainty propagation. B) Heat Transfer and Food: Review of fundamental heat transfer, estimation of heat transfer coefficients in food engineering applications, heat exchangers and unsteady state heat transfer. C) Kinetics and Food Preservation: Review of fundamental reaction kinetics, preservation technologies, thermal food process calculations and lethality. D) Freezing and Frozen Foods: Freezing mechanisms, equipment and freezing rates. E) Mass Transfer and Food Dehydration: Review of fundamental mass transfer and psychrometrics, convective and diffusive mass transfer in food processing, drying rates and drying equipment. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, problem-solving, computer exercises and practical experiments in pilot-scale.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Assignments, laborative work and written exam. The TH-scale is based on the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Contents: Writen exam
Code: 0219. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Reports Further information: The laboratory part of the course contains both "wet" laboratory experiments and computer tasks.


Assumed prior knowledge: KETF01 Transport processes
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Andreas Håkansson,
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