Professor Timothy Langrish
B.E.(Chemical & Process), University of Canterbury, NZ, 1985; D.Phil. (Engineering Science), University of Oxford, UK, 1989
Professor and Head of School
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
J01 - Chemical Engineering Building
The University of Sydney
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School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Centre for Sustainable Energy Development
Drying and Process Technology Group
Professor Langrish is a world leader in drying technology, particularly spray drying and the drying of timber. His work, with Professor Fletcher, on transient flows in spray dryers, has uncovered new types of flow instabilities that are fundamental to improving practical outcomes in reducing the deposition of particles on spray dryer walls. This achievement is scientifically significant because it applies advanced computational modelling and physical understanding to the solution of important and common industrial process engineering problems.
His recent work to develop crystallization in drying has the potential to improve the use of resources by combining crystallization and drying, which traditionally are done separately, into one operation. The industrial significance and application of this work can be judged from the improvements in productivity and quality that have been achieved for local dairy and timber industries.
Professor Tim Langrish's research activities span a wide range of areas, but share a common goal of improving our quality of life. The means by which he is working to achieve this include reducing the recurrence of cancer, improving nutrition and lowering energy consumption in industry.
"I work in a range of areas including food process engineering, drying technology, energy and energy quality, solar kilns, timber drying and spray-drying technologies.
"One aspect of my research aims to assist in reducing cancer recurrence by improving the quality of foods, including adding extracts from citrus fruits to cereals. Our treatment of acute cancer issues is increasingly effective but cancer recurrence remains a significant concern, which this project is working to address.
"I am also working on new crystallisation and drying technologies that will enable us to create powdered fruit juices and milks with improved storage stability. This will allow these products to be made available in areas without access to refrigerated transport, improving the health of people in those areas, and is also a very important development in the Australian manufacturing industry.
"Other projects involve making salt that tastes saltier than normal salt, so that people can reduce their salt intake while retaining the same perception of saltiness; assisting Australian manufacturers of solar kilns to maintain their world lead in solar kiln design; and reducing energy use in industry, decreasing costs and enabling industries to maintain their competitive edge.
"The common objective of all of my work is to improve quality of life.
"I've been working in this field for the past 25 years. A strong and broadly based academic institution like the University of Sydney is essential to maintaining steady progress in this kind of work, whose complexity requires multidisciplinary and multi-faceted approaches to be taken. The University of Sydney is the best environment for providing this support."
Teaching and supervision
CHNG2803 - Energy and Fluid Systems Practice
CHNG4203 - Major Industrial Project
CHNG5205 - Major Industrial Placement Project
CHNG5703 - Foundations of Energy and Fluid Systems
Awards and honours
- John Blackett Prize in Engineering, University of Canterbury, 1984
- Rutherford Scholarship, Royal Society (London), 1985
- Commonwealth Scholarship
- Prince of Wales Cambridge Trust Scholarship
- Rutherford Fellowship (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
- 1851 Research Fellowship Scholarship
- Best Paper Award, Seventh International Drying Symposium IDS 90, Prague, 1990
- Skellerup Award (Best Paper in Chemical and Process Engineering), Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, 1993
- Best Paper, 6th Asia Pacific Drying Conference (with S. Wang), Bangkok, Thailand, 2009
- Drying Process Innovation Award, 6th Asia Pacific Drying Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2009
- Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia
- Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK)
In the media
PhD and master's project opportunities
- Combined drying and crystallization in spray drying
- Competitive migration of proteins within droplets and particles during spray drying
- Super Sorbents from Spray Drying
- New robust spray dryer designs
- Energy flow models for timber kilns and total lifecycle costs of timber drying
- Developing new multifunction layered particles with novel modular food processing systems
- Improving the scale-up of spray drying for bioactive extracts and fibres
- The Effects of Spraying Materials into Gases Other than Air as a Way to Control Surface Coating by Proteins
- Creating and Testing Naturally-based Preservatives for Breads from Australian Herbs
- Improving flow stability in small-scale spray dryers
- Improving the Storage Stability of Dairy Powders by Crystallizing Spray-Dried Powders in Fluidized Beds
- Differential Crystallization of Materials During Drying
- Wastes to Products: Towards New High-Value Products from Extraction and Spray Drying of Citrus Peels
- The Effects of Changing the Inlet Gas Temperature and Drying Atmosphere in Spray Drying on Particle Properties
- Vitamin C as a Means of Controlling Crystallinity in Dairy Products
- Energy Recovery in Spray Drying
- Comparing the Alignment of Capital Costs and Embodied Energy for Better Greenhouse Gas Accounting
- Making the most of every opportunity: Innovative solutions for the Australian food industry in the 21st century.; Dehghani F, Kavanagh J, Barton G, Langrish T, Gomes V, Fletcher D, Abbas A, Downard K, Raubenheimer D, Dong Q, Chae S, McConchie R, Copeland L, Phan-Thien K, Arab-Tehrany E, Regtop H, Lang T, Ryan D, Wright G, Ling L, Cuthbertson A, Heatley R, Adil Q, Challacombe B, Simonetta M, Norman K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).
- Dynamic input adjustment to improve the stability of transient swirling flows in spray dryers; Abbas A, Fletcher D, Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- An automated 3D electron microscopy imaging system comprising a 3View2 and field-emission scanning electron microscope; Liu Z, Chen M, Copeland L, Crawford J, Langrish T, Li Q, Mai Y, Overall R, Weiss A, Ye L; DVC Research/Equipment Grant.
- Study of intergrated bioextraction of nutritional materials from wastes and spray drying them to manufacture functional food powders.; Langrish T, Shi J, Liu Z; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
- Improving the Scale-Up of Spray Drying for Bioactive Extracts and Fibres; Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Implementing crystallization in fluidized bed processing; Langrish T; Dairy Innovation Australia Limited/Processes and Products Research Grants.
- Surface Energy Analyser (SEA); Traini D, Young P, Chan K, Rohanizadeh R, Bilek M, Langrish T, Gomes V; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- 2009/Round 2/ARC Linkage Project LP0990341, Developing new multifunctional layered particles with no; Langrish T; Vic Cherikoff Food Services Pty Ltd/Project Support.
- Improving Powder Properties by Using Spray Dryers to Process Amorphous Components of Solids into Crystalline Materials; Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- Improving iron ore agglomeration by studying underlying mechanisms using experimental studies and dimensional analysis; Loo C, Langrish T, See H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Developing New Multifunction Layered Particles with Novel Modular Food Processing Systems; Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- A Laser Facility for Imaging the Time Evolution of Scalars in Turbulent Flows; Moghtaderi B, Masri A, Nathan G, Langrish T, Dally B, King K, Alwahabi Z; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
- Enhancing the Production of Functional Food Powders by Studying Reaction Processes in Spray Dryers; Langrish T, Lang T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Exploiting Resonance in Improving Dried Timber Quality by Optimizing Cyclic Drying Processes in Solar Kilns; Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Using Spray Dryers as Crystallizers for Processing Amorphous Components of solids into Crystalline M; Langrish T; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.
- A Laser Facility for Imaging the Time Evolution of Scalars in Turbulent Flows; Masri A, Dally B, King K, Alwahabi Z, Nathan G, Moghtaderi B, Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
- Linkage 2007 Round One for funding commencing January 2008 - Exploiting Resonance in Improving Dried; Ganguli A, Langrish T; Australian Choice Timber Supplies Pty Ltd/Project Support.
- Map the outcomes from sintering experiments (sinter pots and full industrial scale sintering production) onto coalescence maps; Loo B, Langrish T; BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd/Research Grant.
- Surface Modification of Spray-Dried Powders By Surface-Active Proteins; Langrish T, Bhandari B, Howes T, Adhikari B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- Particulate Characterisation for Pharmaceutical and Engineering Applications; Coombes A, Amal R, Romagnoli J, Valix M, Langrish T, Stewart P, Yang R, Chan K; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
- Understanding and controlling wall deposition in spray dryers via experimental and CFD studies; Langrish T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- A new drying model for the kiln drying and reconditioning of timber; Langrish T; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
- Linkage 2003 -The development of new carrier technologies for spray-dried fruit extracts LP0348962; Edwards K, Chiou D, Langrish T; Lang Technologies Pty Ltd/Project Support.
- Improving the processing of timber from plantation forests: the challenge of managing variability; Langrish T, Dickson R, Joie W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- The development of new carrier technologies for spray-dried fruit extracts; Langrish T, Lang T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Linkage 2003 Round One - Improving the Processing of Timber from Plantation Forests: the Challenge o; Cornish L, Langrish T; State Forests of NSW/Project Support.
- Design and Optimisation of Spinning Cone Columns; Langrish T, Fletcher D, Sykes S, Prince R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
- Linkage 2002 - Design and Optimisation of Spinning Cone Columns LP0210715; Langrish T; Vamhire Pty Limited/Project Support.
- Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Eulerian and Lagrangian Simulations for Spray Dryers; Langrish T; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
- An experimental and computational study of agglomeration in spray dryers; Langrish T, Fletcher D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).
- Improving the operation of commercial spray dryers with nozzle atomisers; Langrish T; Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC)/Research Grant.
- Correlations for pressure drop and flooding limits in Spinning Cone Columns research agreement between Vamhire Pty Ltd and The University of Sydney; Sykes S, Langrish T; Vamhire Pty Ltd T/as Flavourtech Research/BLO Project.
- Modelling mass-transfer performance and flooding behaviour of spinning cone columns; Langrish T, Prince R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).
- Reducing product waste and increasing throughput of commercial spray driers; Langrish T; Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC)/Postdoctural Fellowship.
- An experimental and computational study of transient swirling flows; Fletcher D, Langrish T, Haynes B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).
- Improving the processing of waste streams from wine and fruit production to give high-value products; Langrish T, Kockel T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).
- Use of CFD in the development of advanced kiln-drying strategies: agreement between The University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and The University of Sydney.; Keey R, Langrish T; University of Canterbury New Zealand/BLO Project.
- SPIRT 2000: Improving the processing of waste streams from wine and fruit productions to give high-v; Langrish T, Ozmen L.
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