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Effect of corona wind, current, electric field and energy consumption on the reduction of the thawing time during the high-voltage electrostatic-field (HVEF) treatment process

He, Xiangli, Jia, Guoliang, Tatsumi, Eizo, Liu, Haijie
Innovative food science & emerging technologies 2016 v.34 pp. 135-140
air, electric field, energy, frozen meat, industrial applications, models, stainless steel, technology, thawing, wind speed
Electric energy plays an important role in reducing the thawing time and accelerating the entire thawing process. Corona wind speed was increased by increasing the applied voltage and current, which were 0.87±0.19, 1.22±0.19, 1.49±0.13m/s under 8, 10, 12kV with 3, 5, 10μA; 1.01±0.12, 1.24±0.17, 1.49±0.10m/s under −8, −10, −12kV with 5, 9, 14.5μA. The models T1, T2, and T3 were designed to study the effects of current, corona wind and electric field on thawing, respectively. T1: a thin stainless-steel sheet covered the top of stainless-steel box with 10g frozen distilled water; T2: a plastic sheet was placed under the stainless-steel box; T3: a plastic sheet covered the top of plastic box. Electric field alone cannot affect thawing time, which could be maximally reduced by 1/2 compared to that of air thawing.We have studied HVEF thawing for several years because of its many advantages, such as the quick thawing of frozen meat with little energy consumption and good post-thawing quality. The mechanism of HVEF thawing and the reduction of the thawing time, which are important for the industrial application of new technology from principle to design, must be clarified. Meanwhile, this emerging technology will be beneficial for the food-thawing field.