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Should You Freeze Your Coffee Beans?

February 14, 2019

Storing coffee beans in the freezer has been described as a clever life hack and a quick way to get frost and condensation in your favorite blend. Could food science research give us answers?

Keynote Video: Simulating the Drying of Cellular Foods

December 25, 2018

How about them (dried) apples? Empa uses multiscale modeling to analyze the dehydration of soft cellular food products, such as dried fruit, and scale their processes for mass production.

Can a Wine Cooler Actually Keep Your Beverage Cold?

August 17, 2017

When enjoying nice meals outside, some people use wine coolers to keep their beverages cold. But can a wine cooler actually keep a bottle of wine chilled, and if so, for how long?

Analyzing Heat and Mass Transfer During Cake Baking with Simulation

April 26, 2017

As you bake a cake, there are many complex heat and mass transport processes taking place behind the oven door. Take a closer look at the art and science involved in the cake baking process…

Fat-Washing Cocktails on an Industrial Scale

February 2, 2017

Bacon-flavored vodka? Pecan-infused bourbon? The fat-washing process extracts the flavors from fat and dissolves it into alcohol, and it can even be scaled up to an industrial level.

Finding the Best Coal Arrangement for Even Heat in a Grill

January 25, 2017

Pizza on the grill? It’s actually quite delicious. Here, we use heat transfer modeling to determine how the grill’s coals should be arranged for even heating.

Why Doesn’t the Ice Cream in a Baked Alaska Melt?

November 18, 2016

One dessert that is sure to amaze your dinner guests is the baked Alaska. This classic treat consists of ice cream placed on a bed of sponge cake and covered in meringue. Although the dessert goes into a hot oven to caramelize the meringue, the ice cream inside surprisingly remains frozen. In this blog post, we use the heat transfer simulation capabilities of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to find out how the baked Alaska works.

Studying the Migration of Mineral Oil Hydrocarbons in Food Packaging

November 17, 2016

Food packaging is often composed of recycled materials, like newspapers or plastic, which may contain residual mineral oil inks. Traces of these potentially hazardous substances leftover from the recycled materials can migrate from the packaging to the stored food. To account for this, one research team developed a numerical model to analyze the migration patterns of mineral oil hydrocarbons for various packaging situations. Compared to experimental studies, their approach offers a more efficient and cost-effective way of optimizing food safety.


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