A specialised course to learn more about extrusion techniques for aquafeed is being organised by Australian company FoodStream and the Centre for Feed Technology (FôrTek).
The short course (held from 25 to 27 March 2015) is being given by extrusion expert Dennis Forte, who has been presenting extrusion and related training programs in Australia and the surrounding region, including Thailand, for almost 20 years. FôrTek in Norway is being chosen as the course location as they have a pilot plant facility.
The 3-day programme covers the principles of extrusion, the design of extrusion processes, and the formulation of extruded aquafeeds. Topics cover the basics of extruders and their configuration, through what is happening chemically and physically inside the extruder barrel, to an understanding of extruder dies and extruder instability.
Examples in product formulation and the design of extrusion processes demonstrate application of the theory. Principles learned will be applied during the practical demonstration in the FôrTek pilot plant.
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