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Prof. Judith Evans

Researcher - Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

 

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.

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)