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Encyclopedia of agricultural, food, and biological engineering
Heldman, Dennis R.
Publication Information:
New York : Marcel Dekker, [2003]

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xvi, 1184 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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TP368.2 .E57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The broad objective of this large, single-volume encyclopedia is to provide a better understanding of the processes used to produce raw agricultural materials and to convert them into a variety of food and nonfood consumer products. Reflecting this focus are articles on biomass harvesting systems, dairy production systems, freeze drying, microwave food preservation, refrigeration system components, soil dynamics, solar energy, and the thermal processing of meat products, to name only a few. Overseen by Heldman (food process engineering, Rutgers Univ.; Principles of Food Processing), more than 300 scientists and engineers worldwide have contributed well over 200 peer-reviewed articles, typically three or four pages in length. A detailed subject index rounds out the text. Although contributors kept in mind readers with limited technical backgrounds, many of these articles necessarily delve into the mathematics and technology of a topic or process. As a result, this resource should prove as valuable, if not more so, to engineering students and professionals as to general readers. Although the stiff price may be prohibitive for some budgets, this quality publication is recommended for academic libraries and larger public libraries. [The print edition price includes free one-year access to the online version, with quarterly updates, links to bibliographic citations, and customized content views.-Ed.]-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The preface accurately states that this encyclopedia "focuses primarily on the processes used to produce raw agricultural materials and convert the raw materials into consumer products for distribution." Its 239 peer-reviewed articles range from production systems such as dairy housing and chemigation to specific processes such as anaerobic reactions and tubular heat exchangers. The work also includes a few historical articles and numerous illustrations, graphs, and formulas. Articles are well referenced, and the roster of contributors is impressive and international in scope. The well-written entries can be understood by readers with limited technical background. An index complements the table of contents and needs to be used to fully exploit the information in the articles, which are broad in scope (e.g., information about silos is included in the article on forage storage systems). Although these topics may be included in general agricultural, engineering, or food encyclopedias, and in some handbooks, this is the first publication to bring together authoritative information in this discipline. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Libraries supporting agricultural or engineering subjects. H. F. Smith Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Activation Energy in Thermal Process Calculations
Aquacultural Product Storage Systems
Convective Heat Transfer Coefficients
Dehydration Process Energy Balances
Extrusion System Components
Fermentation Process Material and Energy Balances
Forage Production Systems-Machine Design
Glass Transition Temperatures
Heating and Cooling in Agitated Vessels
Homeostasis in Animal Environment
Indirect Contact Freezing Systems
Kinetics of Soil Removal During Cleaning