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Title: On the design of optimal dynamic experiments for parameter estimation of a Ratkowsky-type growth kinetics at suboptimal temperatures
Authors: Bernaerts, Kristel
Versyck, Karina J.
Van Impe, Jan # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2000
Publisher: Elsevier science bv
Series Title: International journal of food microbiology vol:54 issue:1-2 pages:27-38
Abstract: It is generally known that accurate model building, i.e., proper model structure selection and reliable parameter estimation, constitutes an essential matter in the field of predictive microbiology, in particular, when integrating these predictive models in food safety systems. In this context, Versyck et al. (1999) have introduced the methodology of optimal experimental design techniques for parameter estimation within the field. Optimal experimental design focuses on the development of optimal input profiles such that the resulting rich (i.e., highly informative) experimental data enable unique model parameter estimation. As a case study, Versyck ct al. (1999) [Versyck, K., Bernaerts, K., Geeraerd, A.H., Van Impe, J.F., 1999. Introducing optimal experimental design in predictive modeling. a motivating example. Int. J. Food Microbiol., 51(1), 39-51] have elaborated the estimation of Bigelow inactivation kinetics parameters tin a numerical way). Opposed to the classic (static) experimental approach in predictive modelling. an optimal dynamic experimental setup is presented. In this paper, the methodology of optimal experimental design for parameter estimation is applied to obtain uncorrelated estimates of the square roof model parameters [Ratkowshy, D.A., Olley, J., McMeckin, T.A., Ball, A., 1982, Relationship between temperature and growth rate: of bacterial cultures. J. Bacteriol. 149, 1-5] describing the effect of suboptimal growth temperatures on the maximum specific growth rate of microorganisms. These estimates are the direct result of fitting a primary growth model to cell density measurements as a function of time. Apart from the design of an optimal time-varying temperature profile based on a sensitivity study of the model output, an important contribution of this publication is a first experimental, validation of this innovative dynamic experimental approach for uncorrelated parameter identification. An optimal step temperature profile, within the range of model validity and practical feasibility, is developed for Escherichia coli K12 and successfully applied in practice. The presented experimental validation result illustrates the large potential of the dynamic experimental approach in the context of uncorrelated parameter estimation. Based on the experimental validation result, additional remarks are formulated related to future research in the field of optimal experimental design. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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ISSN: 0168-1605
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Bio- & Chemical Systems Technology, Reactor Engineering and Safety Section
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