Modelos de Ensuciamiento en Intercambiadores de Calor Tubulares en Sistemas indirectos en Procesos uHt en la Industria Láctea

Luis Gómez Orozco, Ana Ilva Capera Urrego


La tecnología de ultra alta temperatura (UAT) se utiliza ampliamente en la industria de la leche para el tratamiento térmico, ofreciendo una alta eficiencia en cuanto a la destrucción de microorganismos esporu- lados. Sin embargo, dentro de este proceso se encontró que a temperaturas entre 75°C y 110°C, se llevan a cabo procesos de agregación y desnaturalización de proteínas y precipitación de sales minerales que forman una capa o costra de ensuciamiento en las paredes del tubo de calentamiento; el componente más importante en el fenómeno de ensuciamiento, es la proteína sérica llamada  -Lactoglobulina. En este traba- jo se resumen los diferentes modelos matemáticos que explican el fenómeno de ensuciamiento a partir de la transferencia de masa. La velocidad de ensuciamiento es el resultado de la diferencia entre la velocidad de acumulación de depósitos y la velocidad con que se remueven. Se encontró que los modelos de Kern- Seaton y Fryer-Slater son los más ampliamente usados, pues son modelos de velocidad de ensuciamiento en función de la energía de activación y la temperatura de película interfacial entre la capa de ensucia- miento y la leche. Otros modelos identificados nacen en la industria petroquímica, pero son adaptados en el estudio de la desnaturalización de la proteína de la leche, como los de Ebert-Panchal y Paterson-Fryer.

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