Prof. Judith Evans

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Researcher - Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
 

Judith works on food refrigeration operations throughout the food cold chain from harvest/slaughter to the consumer. She previously worked at FRPERC (Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre) at the University of Bristol where she was a Senior Research Fellow. Before then Judith worked for the Meat Research Institute and AFRC Institute of Food Research.

During her career Judith has worked on a number of topics including frozen storage of meat, consumer handling of food and studies to improve the performance of domestic and commercial refrigerators, energy labelling, instrumentation performance, decontamination of food, cook-chill systems, novel refrigeration systems, optimising refrigeration systems and improving performance and temperature control in chilled and frozen storage rooms.

Judith's current work revolves around reducing energy use and emissions from the food cold chain, the use of novel refrigeration systems (in particular air cycle) and optimising food refrigeration processes.

Supervisor of PhD research projects.

Judith has 28 years' experience of working on food refrigeration operations. During this period she has carried out work on frozen storage of meat, consumer handling of food and studies to improve the performance of domestic and commercial refrigerators, energy labelling, instrumentation performance, decontamination of food, cook-chill systems, novel refrigeration systems, optimising refrigeration systems and improving performance and temperature control in chilled and frozen storage rooms. Recent work has included a number of refrigeration projects including work to develop novel refrigerator concepts, a mathematical model of cold rooms, the use of vascular chilling to cool meat carcasses, the use of air as a refrigerant and energy use in the refrigerated food cold chain.

Most recent publications

Davies, GF and Francis, C and Evans, JA and Maidment, GG Overview of Sustainable Refrigerated Road Transport Systems. In: Reference Module in Food Science. Elsevier,

Evans, JA and Maidment, GG and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Foster, A Carbon reduction opportunities for supermarkets. In: 4th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 07 April 2016 - 09 April 2016, Auckland, New Zealand.

Evans, JA and Maidment, GG and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Foster, A Supermarket energy use and greenhouse gas emissions – technology options review. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Refrigeration, 03 March 2016, London.

Foster, A and Reinholdt, L and Brown, T and Hammond, E and Evans, JA Reducing energy consumption in cold stores using a freely available mathematical model. Sustainable Cities and Society, 21. 26 - 34. DOI 10.1016/j.scs.2015.11.006

Hammond, E and Evans, JA Application of Vacuum Insulation Panels in the cold chain - Analysis of viability. International Journal of Refrigeration, 47. 58-65. DOI 10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2014.07.010

Evans, JA and Foster, A and Brown, T Temperature control in domestic refrigerators and freezers. Refrigeration Science and Technology, 142-149.

Gwanpua, SG and Verboven, P and Brown, T and Leducq, D and Verlinden, BE and Evans, JA and Van der Sluis, S and Wissink, E and Taoukis, P and Gogou, E and Stahl, V and El Jabri, M and Thuault, D and Claussen, I and Indergård, E and Nicolai, BM and Alvarez, G and Geeraerd, AH Towards sustainability in cold chains: Development of a quality, energy and environmental assessment tool (QEEAT). In: 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain. Proceedings: London, UK, June 23-25, 2014, 23 June 2014 - 26 June 2014, London.

Evans, JA and Foster, A and Huet, JM and Reinholdt, L and Fikiin, K and Zilio, C and Houska, M and Landfeld, A and Bond, C and Scheurs, M and Van Sambeeck, T Methods to assess energy usage in food cold stores. In: 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 23 June 2014 - 26 June 2014, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

Foster, A and McAndrew, P and Evans, JA Novel Aerofoils used for Reducing Energy Consumption and Improving Temperature Performance for Multi-Deck Refrigerated Display Cabinets. In: Proc. of 3rd IIR International Conference on the Cold Chain and Sustainability, 23 June 2014 - 25 June 2014, Twickenham, UK.

Brown, T and Hipps, N and Easteal, S and Parry, A and Evans, JA Reducing domestic food waste by freezing at home. International Journal of Refrigeration, 40. 362-369. DOI 10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2013.12.009

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Fellow of IOR.

  • Editor Journal of Food Engineering Nov 2005 – present
  • UK IOR international representative to the IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration) (from August 2007 onwards)
  • Chairman of the IOR, IRC (International Refrigeration Committee)
  • UK member of IIR C2 committee (food science and engineering)
  • Secretary D1 (retail cabinets) IIR committee
  • Member of the IOR Technical committee (2003-current, national)
  • Member IIR energy labelling working party
  • Member of BSI committee: RHE/005 Household Refrigerators and Food Freezers
  • Member of TC44 WG2: Service refrigerated cabinets and counters for use in commercial kitchens
  • Chairman of IIR 'Sustainable Retail Refrigeration' conference (2014)
 
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