29405 - Food Systems

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  • Teacher Angelo Fabbri

  • Credits 6

  • SSD AGR/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Food Technology (cod. 8528)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Dec 15, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

During the course many machines and plants are shown and the related working principles are discussed. It is expected that the student will learn some basic engineering design principles and that will be able to recognize the main machine of food industry.

Course contents

Machine components

- Materials and their physical properties.

- Measurement instruments.

- Rotative and alternative engines.

Plant components for energy and mass transfer

- Solid materials movement.

- Liquid materials movement: centrifugal and volumetric pumps.

- Pumps design.

- Pumps and nozzles for food.

- Heat exchangers.

- Cooling plants.

Food transformation plants

- Fruits and vegetables sorting lines.

- Numerical methods for process simulation.

- coffee, chocolate and frozen vegetables processing.


PDF Booklet available on teacher website [http://angelofabbri.altervista.org/] .

Some reference text, available at the library:

- D. Friso - Ingegneria dell'industria alimentare. Operazioni unitarie del food engineering. Macchine e impianti. Edizioni CLEUP, Padova, 2013

- R.L. Earle, M.D. Earle - Unit operations in food processing,

- R.P. Singh, D.R. Heldman - Introduction to Food Engineering, Edition, Academic Press, London

- Ibarz A., Barbosa-Canovas G. - Unit Operations in Food Engineering, Ed. CRC Press, 2003

- C. Pompei - Operazioni Unitarie della tecnologia alimentare

- C. Peri, B. Zanoni - Manuale di Tecnologie Alimentari I, CUSL, Milano, 1994

- ASABE Textbook: Food & Process Engineering Technology

- P. De Vita, G. De Vita - Manuale di meccanica enologica. - Hoepli

Teaching methods

The physical principles of most common machines are explained. Some discussion are developed about the critical comments of different possible technical solutions for food plants.

Usually students have the possibility to visit some industrial plants.

Assessment methods

Final examination is made by a multiple choice test at the computer lab of Campus di Scienze degli Alimenti – UniBO.

The student may choose an English version of the test, just warn the teacher two days in advance.

Test subscription by AlmaEsami service http://almaesami.unibo.it .

Teaching tools

Blackboard; video projector; PC; Internet connection; factory visits.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Angelo Fabbri