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The relationship of dielectric response and water activity in food (2018)
Journal Article
Renshaw, R. C., Dimitrakis, G. A., Robinson, J. P., & Kingman, S. W. (2019). The relationship of dielectric response and water activity in food. Journal of Food Engineering, 244, (80-90). doi:10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2018.08.037. ISSN 0260-8774

This study has deduced a correlation between points of inflection of water activity and loss factor with respect to moisture content. A point of inflection in loss factor with respect to moisture content was found to coincide with the sorption isothe... Read More

Churn flow in high viscosity oils and large diameter columns (2017)
Journal Article
Mohammed, S. K., Hasan, A., Dimitrakis, G., & Azzopardi, B. J. (2018). Churn flow in high viscosity oils and large diameter columns. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 100, doi:10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.11.018. ISSN 0301-9322

Churn flow is an important intermediate flow regimoccurring in between slug and annular flow patterns in two-phase flow, with profound implications in chemical and petroleum industry. The majority of studies to date in churn flow has been carried out... Read More

Characterisation of potato crisp effective porosity using micro-CT (2016)
Journal Article
Renshaw, R. C., Robinson, J. P., Dimitrakis, G., Bows, J. R., & Kingman, S. W. (2016). Characterisation of potato crisp effective porosity using micro-CT. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96(13), doi:10.1002/jsfa.7655. ISSN 0022-5142

Background The effective porosity is an important quantitative parameter for food products that has a significant effect on taste and quality. It is challenging to quantify the apparent porosity of fried potato crisps as they have a thin irregular... Read More

Understanding the scabbling of concrete using microwave energy (2015)
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Buttress, A., Jones, D., Dodds, C., Dimitrakis, G., Dawson, A., & Kingman, S. (in press). Understanding the scabbling of concrete using microwave energy. Cement and Concrete Research, 75, doi:10.1016/j.cemconres.2015.04.009. ISSN 0008-8846

This paper reports on the use of microwave energy to scabble concrete. While the technique is not new, little information exists relating to the controllability of the process, the effect of different types of concrete and the performance and durabil... Read More

A concise review on microwave-assisted polycondensation reactions and curing of polycondensation polymers with focus on the effect of process conditions (2014)
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with focus on the effect of process conditions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 264, doi:10.1016/j.cej.2014.11.087. ISSN 1385-8947

During the past 15 years, increasing application of microwave heating to polycondensation reactions has been witnessed. Experiments have been carried out at laboratory scale using widely different experimental procedures. The use of microwaves has of... Read More

Factors affecting the microwave coking of coals and the implications on microwave cavity design (2014)
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Binner, E., Medeira-Munoyerro, M., Huddle, T., Kingman, S., Dodds, C., Dimitrakis, G., …Lester, E. (2014). Factors affecting the microwave coking of coals and the implications on microwave cavity design. Fuel Processing Technology, 125, doi:10.1016/j.fuproc.2014.03.006. ISSN 0378-3820

The work carried out in this paper assessed how processing conditions and feedstock affect the quality of the coke produced during microwave coke making. The aim was to gather information that would support the development of an optimised microwave c... Read More

Enhanced 'In-situ' catalysis via microwave selective heating: catalytic chain transfer polymerisation (2014)
Journal Article
Adlington, K., McSweeney, R., Dimitrakis, G., Kingman, S. W., Robinson, J. P., & Irvine, D. J. (2014). Enhanced 'In-situ' catalysis via microwave selective heating: catalytic chain transfer polymerisation. RSC Advances, 4, doi:10.1039/C4RA00907J. ISSN 2046-2069

An extremely facile, single stage, ‘in-situ’, Catalytic Chain Transfer Polymerisation (CCTP) process has been identified, where the optimal polymerisation process was shown to depend upon a combination of catalyst characteristics (i.e. solubility, se... Read More

Separation of oil/water emulsions in continuous flow using microwave heating (2013)
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Binner, E., Robinson, J. P., Kingman, S., Lester, E., Azzopardi, B. J., Dimitrakis, G., & Briggs, J. (2013). Separation of oil/water emulsions in continuous flow using microwave heating. Energy and Fuels, 27(6), doi:10.1021/ef400634n. ISSN 0887-0624

This work studies a continuous flow microwave system to enhance gravity settling of water-in-oil emulsions. Settling times were found to be dependent upon the applied power, flowrate and energy input. Power and energy input are linked to liquid flowr... Read More