Food Dehydration: Fundamentals, Modelling and Applications

  • João M. P. Q. DelgadoEmail author
  • Marta Vázquez da Silva
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 48)


Food dehydration is a preservation technique used by the man almost since ever. From the oldest times to nowadays, the dehydration of food is done in order to obtain a product with longer shelf life and minimum losses of physical, chemical and organoleptic characteristics when compared to the fresh material. The objective of this work is to present a brief explanation of the most used techniques, such as convective dehydration, microwave, vacuum and freeze dehydration, and a combinations of these techniques. A critical analyses of the variation of the moisture content of the food with the time of dehydration is presented. Several mathematical models that are classified as theoretical, semi-theoretical and empirical are discussed. An overview of the osmotic dehydration is also given, not as a dehydration technique by itself, but as pre-treatment that will improved the results obtained when the product is subjected to one of the mentioned techniques.


Dehydration Food Mathematical models 



J.M.P.Q. Delgado would like to thank Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) for financial support through the grant SFRH /BPD /84377 /2012.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João M. P. Q. Delgado
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marta Vázquez da Silva
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Building Physics (LFC), Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Universitário da Maia (ISMAI)Avioso S. Pedro, Castêlo da MaiaPortugal
  3. 3.Faculdade de Engenharia, Centro de Estudos de Fenómenos de Transporte (CEFT)Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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