Separation processes and Heat Exchangers | Free Online Course | Alison

Thermal Processing of Foods: Separation processes and Heat Exchangers

In this free online course, you will learn about the various food separation processes and how heat exchangers are used.

Food Technology
Free Course
This free online course on separation process and heat exchangers in thermal food processing is for you if you wish to understand the methods and processes that are used in separating food products in the food industry. You will learn about commonly used separation processes including ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis. By the end of this course, you will be able to determine the most suitable type of heat exchangers used for thermal processing
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Certification

  • Mobile Friendly

  • Publisher

  • Accreditation






View course modules


This free online course begins by introducing you to the basic separation processes and how to determine which one is suitable for use in the separation of food components. You will learn about ultrafiltration as a membrance filtration process that uses the concept of hydrostatic pressure. You will also learn about the process of microfiltration. 

The course goes on to explain reverse osmosis and its advantages and disadvantages which is very crucial when making decisions on which type of separtion process to use. You will get know about about nanofiltration and electrodialysis and their suitability in deployment for membrane separation and also their limitations.

Finally, you will learn about how heat exhangers are used in tranferring heat from one fluid to another. You will learn about the design of heat exchangers which focuses on the several ways in which heat is tranferred including conduction, convection and radiation. After completing this course, you will become very familiar with major processing equipment used in the food processing industry.

Start Course Now

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental aspects of food separation process 
  • Discuss the types of membrane separation processes 
  • Describe ultrafiltration, microfiltration and reverse osmosis 
  • List the applications, advantages and limitations of reverse osmosis
  • Define heat exchangers 
  • Describe the temperature range suitable for achieving a commercially sterile product 
  • Explain dehydration as a water removal process in food via evaporation
  • Discuss the movement of fluids in continuous heat exchangers
  • Explain the extensive use of heat exchangers in the food industry


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire an official Certificate, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certificate is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certificates for completed Certificate courses:

Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Certificate - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Certificate in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping

All Certificates are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certificates, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certificate, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certificate pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.


    You have received a new notification
    Click here to view them all