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1. (WO1998051980) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHANNELED FREEZE PROCESSING OF NON-SOLID MATERIALS

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/051980    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/009433
Publication Date: Fri Nov 20 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Sat May 09 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: A23L 2/12
A23L 3/36
A23L 3/365
C02F 1/22
C02F 11/12
F25B 29/00
F25B 41/00
F25C 5/10
F25D 13/06
F25D 23/12
F26B 5/06
Applicants: SIR WORLDWIDE, LLC
Inventors: SCHERER, J., Stirling
SCHERER, Frank, J.
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHANNELED FREEZE PROCESSING OF NON-SOLID MATERIALS
Abstract:
A system (50) for the processing of materials includes a freezing section (52) and a thawing section (54), with elongated channels extending through both sections (52, 54), and gates between the sections (52, 54) and at the output of the thawing section (54). Large blocks of frozen material are slid from the freezing section (52) to the thawing section (54); and a new batch of material is frozen with the heat from the freezing section (52) used to thaw the blocks of frozen material. A harvest bar (60) with dogs (64) extending into the frozen material traverses at least the freezing section (52), and spray nozzles associated with the harvest bar (60) may be used for cleaning the system (50).