PRINCIPLE. The main principle involved in freeze drying is a On 21st century, in pharmaceutical field lyophilization has become important. Lyophilization, or freeze drying, is a process in which the solvent (usually water) is: first frozen and then. – removed by sublimation in a vacuum. Freeze drying, also known as lyophilisation or cryodesiccation, is a low temperature . Bulk lyophilization of APIs is typically conducted using trays instead of glass vials. .. Food processing technology: principles and practice ( 4th ed.).

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In addition to defrosting the condenser and cleaning the system after each cycle, routine freeze dryer maintenance typically includes periodic changing of vacuum pump oil and visually checking all seals and gaskets. This illustrates a very high rate advantageous to shorter drying times.

Freeze Drying / Lyophilization Information: Basic Principles

With conventional dehydration, berries can degrade in quality as their structure is very delicate and contains high levels of moisture. However, certain complex biological products may actually become too dry for optimum storage results and the secondary drying process should be controlled accordingly.

The process condenser consists of refrigerated coils or plates that can be external or internal to the chamber.

Heat is pirnciple by thermal conduction from the shelf, through the vial, and ultimately into the product. To avoid supplying insufficient heat, hence prolonging the sublimation period. Secondary drying rates are dependant on the product temperature.

The collapse temperature of amorphous products is typically a few degrees warmer than its glass transition temperature. System pressures in the mTorr to mTorr range will usually promote an adequate amount of convection. At the end of primary drying when all of the free ice crystals have been sublimed, the product will appear to be dried.

It is important that at the end of secondary drying, the refrigeration system must be capable of lowering the temperature of the ice condenser to a temperature low enough to obtain the necessary residual moisture in the product.

Lyophilizfr first application of the freeze-drying process were in the Andes where Indigenous people would take low-land tubers up to high altitudes and leave them to freeze. After the disappearance of the final ice crystals, the temperature of the product rapidly increases, and must be maintained at the most maximum permissible temperature to liberate the lowest residual moisture embedded in the matrix secondary drying.


With the product maintained at a constant temperature, it will be necessary to supply the energy of sublimation, a combination of the latent heat of fusion which supplies the transformation of the liquid to the ice state and the pinciple energy about calories per gram of ice evaporated. For one 1 gram of water at: A freeze drying cycle is shown in this diagram, which has been designed to conform to a typical example described below:.

Basic Principles of Freeze Drying

By removing the water from the material and sealing the material in a glass vialthe material can be easily stored, shipped, and later reconstituted to its original form for injection.

US Food and Drug Administration. There are many types of freeze-dryers available, however, they usually contain a few essential components. General Principles of Freeze Drying The Lyophilization Process Introduction Application and Uses Freeze Drying, or lyophilization as it is referred to in the Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Industries, is a dehydration technique, which enables liquid or slurry products, which have previously been frozen to be dried under a vacuum.

For one gram of water, this volume is in the region of m3 at a pressure of torr, and m3 at a pressure of torr. Since all of the free ice has been removed in primary drying, the product temperature can now be increased considerably without fear of melting or collapse.

Unfrozen product may expand outside of the container when placed under a vacuum. This structure cannot be altered during the process. Condense all vapors from the product.

Laboratory pilot-sized shelf freeze dryers are often used to develop a cycle to be used for process scale-up to a larger production sized unit. The downside to this type of freeze dryer is that the heat is only transferred from the heating element to the side of the sample immediately touching the heater. Shelf freeze dryers allow the precise control of cooling rates which affects product freezing rates and crystal size.

Water vapor migrating through the upper surface of the matrix and the thermal conductivity of the ice layer is two times higher than that of the dry layer.


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In shelf freeze dryers, the condenser can be located inside the product chamber internal condenser or in a separate chamber external condenser connected to the product chamber by a vapor port. However, at this stage the product is not sufficiently dry for long term storage. To resolve certain filling problems. Although microbial growth is inhibited by the low moisture conditions, it can still survive in the food product.


Choosing a freeze dryer depends on the product characteristics as well as many other application-based variables including the container that the product will be dried in, the shelf area or number of ports lyopilizer to accommodate the quantity to be dried in each batch, the total volume of ice to be condensed and whether there are any organic solvents.

By artificially lowering the pressure in the drying chamber the time can be reduced. The product temperature is dependant on the vapor pressure at the ice interface princi;le in turn, this vapor pressure is dependant on both the rate of heat transfer into the product which is controlled by adjusting the shelf temperature and the system vacuum level set point.

Samples are generally placed in containers such as glass vials that are placed on the shelves within the vacuum chamber. Individual temperature, pressure and prihciple settings need to be determined for each step.

Because of its light weight per volume of reconstituted food, freeze-dried products are popular and convenient for hikersas military rations, or astronaut meals. The product princille is monitored using thermocouples and then the shelf temperature set point is slowly increased until the product reaches its target temperature.

A failure in the refrigeration system leads to a chain reaction: Amorphous products may require that the temperature increase from primary to secondary drying be controlled at a slow ramp rate to principls collapse.