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Evaluation of a Novel Vacuum Microwave Drying (VMD) Technology for Ration Footprint Reduction

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2017,31 May 2018

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US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center Natick United States

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The US Army Natick Soldier, Research, Development, and Engineering Center NSRDEC, now known as the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, obtained FY17 RDECOM-sponsored Foreign Technology and Science Assessment Support FTAS TIP 2633 funds. This award funds a project to evaluate a Canadian-developed, novel Vacuum Microwave Drying VMD system that renders food shelf stable with near-fresh quality. VMD applies vacuum and microwave to rapidly and economically dry ration components at low temperatures to reduce the weight of rations and to retain quality, nutrition, and ensure safety. It will also be used to produce partially dry food components and subsequently compress the food components using conventional compression or ultrasonic agglomeration to further reduce weight and volume at minimum of 50 of individual and squad-sizegroup sized military ration components.

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  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Thermodynamics

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