FPEN 401: Food Plant Design and Economics


Objectives: To introduce students to design systems for food processing and methods of estimating costs of equipment, operations, among others for determining project profitability.

Description: Discussions include process simulation or modelling for optimization as applied to food processing, as well as evaluation of food processing plant systems. An overview of utilities and regulatory requirements, relevant food laws and social impact of the plant, as well as equipment design and evaluation is provided. Other key areas include process economics, investments, and capital investment, total production cost, estimation of capital investments, revenue and methods for calculating profitability, alternative investment, replacements and sensitivity analysis.