2016 kicked off the 29-month project with Innovate UK, a department of UKRI.
Gareth appointed Dr Peter Weston to assist, who became a much valued key contributor to the supporting scientific methods required to fully solve the engineering problem with the resources and support of Sheffield Hallam University’s newly fledged National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE).
The project benefitted from a consortium of industrial collaborators:
William Jackson Food Group, DCI Refrigeration & Electrical, and SHU NCEFE.
The project brought together all the previous experiments and prototype testing to create a full scale, no-stone-unturned R&D project.
The R&D facility was located in the Advanced Technology Park in the outskirts of Sheffield.
- Recruited experienced academic Dr Peter Weston onto the research team.
- Evaluation of all previous KTP analytical methods as a baseline. Successfully updated legacy CFD models in preparation for further studies.
- Designed and CFD modelled an environmental wind tunnel (EWT) for testing and developing the heat exchanger design.
- Manufacturers instructed to start EWT production: DCI Refrigeration and Marvtech Ltd.