Using sound waves in the food industry

Heriot-Watt University is part of a research and industrial consortium group which has secured £500,000 funding from the UK government to investigate the use of sound waves in the food industry.

The Technology Strategy Board has provided £7 million to more than fifty research projects and studies aimed at developing healthier, safer and more nutritious food. The project ‘Baking with Sound’ is one of the projects selected for support.

The project will be led by food ingredient manufacturer, Macphie of Glenbervie, and in addition to Heriot-Watt, includes Nortek Piezo, Mono Bakery Equipment and Fosters Bakery.

The project will develop and commercialise a patented cutting-edge novel technology that uses ultrasound to improve the quality and nutritional value of bakery products, as well as making their production more energy efficient. The technology has been covered in a joint patent application between Macphie and Heriot-Watt University, led by Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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