Sample Cards for Teaching Processing of Biomass, Cereals, and Oilseeds

Sample Cards for Teaching Processing of Biomass, Cereals, and Oilseeds are useful in teaching the processing and utilization of oilseeds cereals, and other feedstocks for undergraduate and graduate courses. These materials have also been useful in training university outreach or extension personnel on ways to add value to crops and in introductory training of industry personnel, from operations to management, as well as in technical sales and product training applications.

An example of a sample card with attached sample materials.
An example of a sample card with attached sample materials. Larger Picture»

A major benefit of using the sample cards is that students can see original materials, intermediate fractions and products, ingredients used in consumer products, as well as final products that consumers readily recognize, all in the context of how they are produced. The sample cards show how fractions are recovered; converted into ingredients, industrial chemicals, fuels, and biobased products; and used to manufacture finished products. The sample cards provide flow sheets of common methods used to process oilseeds and cereals into food and feed ingredients and products, biofuels, and biobased products. Other sample cards show grading standards and types of oilseeds and cereals.

There are 4 cards for biomass42 cards for cereals, and 32 sample cards for oilseeds. The sample cards are provided in PDF format for easy viewing and printing. Two posters on corn and soybean processing and utilization are also available for download.

How to Use the Sample Cards

Sample cards can be printed out individually or compiled into a workbook. Instructions for using the samples cards are below or for more detailed instructions, see Chapter 6 of Teaching Innovations in Lipid Sciences.

To create a workbook of cards, download the sample cards you want to print out. The cards can then be either three-hole punched and placed into binders or compiled into a spiral-bound notebook. Binders work well for large amounts of sample cards (10 or more). We recommend using binders with three- to five-inch capacities holding 8.5 by 11 inch paper. Spiral-bound notebooks are ideal for 10 cards or less. The spiral combs come in a variety of sizes, typically ranging from a quarter of an inch to two inches. Most copy centers will be able to bind the spiral-bound notebooks, and they will be able to help pick out the correct comb size.

An example of a sample card using photos.
An example of a sample card using photos. Larger Picture»

Dry and Liquid Samples

Each sample card provides process flow diagrams with spaces for respective dry or liquid samples to be mounted or shown with a photo. The spaces are identified by boxes which are appropriately labeled for each sample. The sample card files (PDFs) include options with blank boxes to attach samples or to use photos of the samples.

Using Dry and Liquid Samples: Each sample card provides process flow diagrams with spaces for respective samples to be mounted. The spaces are identified by boxes which are appropriately labeled for each sample. Samples of dry materials, such as grains, oilseeds flaked for extraction, ground meal, and powdered ingredients, can be placed in small polyethylene bags that can be stapled onto the cards. Liquid samples can also be displayed by placing the liquid into sample tubes, which in turn are placed in polyethylene bags and then stapled onto the cards. 

Please Note: CCUR does not supply samples of dry or liquid materials.

Photos of Dry and Liquid Samples: Photos of samples are now included on the sample cards, eliminating the need to use physical samples.