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Building a crowdsourced app repository for simulation-based engineering design in food manufacturing

Project Advisor
Professor Ashim Datta -

Project Area/Concentration
Simulation, Modeling, Digital Twin, App, Database, Crowdsourcing, Complex Systems

Project Description
The application of physics-based simulation is prevalent in various industrial sectors starting from the aircraft industry to the electronic chip manufacturing industry.  In the food manufacturing sector, the idea is slowly gaining traction but the greatest inhibitor to large scale application of the concept is its innate complexity and the absence of user-friendly tools. We are developing some of the simulation tools that lets the user perform quick calculations without much technical knowledge. For the idea of simulation-based design to take off in the food industry, we need to make this tool available to others and we need a build an effective repository where others can submit the tools they are building, i.e., crowdsource the simulation app repository. The success of the repository will be hinged on sustainability and convenience. The challenge is to ensure sustainability through encouraging contribution from external sources and make the simulation cost affordable by using latest server tools.

Possible Courses
Transport Processes and Computation

Course number Course title
BEE 3500 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Engineering
BEE 4530 Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biological Processes
BEE 6880 Applied Modeling and Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems
CEE 6720 Introduction to Finite Element Method
CHEME 7130 Chemical Kinetics and Transport
CS 4210 Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations
MAE 6230 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MAE 6510 Advanced Heat Transfer

Food Science and Biological Engineering

Course number Course title
BIOMI 6905 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Pathogenesis
FDSC 4230 Food Processing A: Unit Operations and Food Packaging
FDSC 4250 Unit Operations and Dairy Foods Processing
FDSC 6650 Food and Bioprocessing Systems

Computer Science courses will be decided in consultation with Professor Datta and his CS colleague.