Patent Number: 6,168,141

Title: Apparatus for treatment of fluent materials

Abstract: An apparatus and method of the heat treatment of a fluent food product with steam includes a pressure vessel having a steam inlet at one end and an a product outlet at the opposite end; an inner partition wall having an open end defines the product introduction and treatment chamber and includes a fluid distribution device adapted to provide a plurality of discrete turbulent sprays that impact in a turbulent manner on the interior surface of the partition wall to then flow downwardly to the open end in a turbulent manner while steam flow upwardly toward a vent located at the top of the treatment chamber; balanced flow of steam is effected by apertured baffles extending between the interior wall of the vessel and the partition wall.

Inventors: Zimmer; Artur G. (Columbia, MD)


International Classification: A23C 3/00 (20060101); A23C 3/037 (20060101); A23L 3/16 (20060101); A23L 3/24 (20060101); B01F 3/04 (20060101); B01F 5/20 (20060101); B01F 5/00 (20060101); B01F 5/02 (20060101); A23L 003/00 (); B01F 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018