Studying model suspensions using high resolution synchrotron X-ray microtomography

Islam, Syed F. and Mancini, Lucia and Sundara, Ramana V, and Whitehouse, Steve and Palzer, Stefan and Hounslow, Michael J. and Salman, Agba D. (2017) Studying model suspensions using high resolution synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 117 . pp. 756-772. ISSN 0263-8762

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Abstract

The addition of minor quantities of secondary liquids to suspensions may lead to a transition from a fluid-like structure to paste-like structure for the system. Previous studies have shown how rheological properties such as viscosity and yield stress are affected, however, qualitative visual observation on the micro-scale during both short and long term storage has yet to be achieved or reported.

This research focuses on the movement of a secondary immiscible liquid (water or saturated sucrose solution) when added to a model food system. The model food system used in this study is a suspension of sucrose particles in a continuous oil phase to better understand the interactions between the particles and the liquid phases present. This was accomplished using dynamic X-ray computer tomography to study the behaviour of the sample. This non-destructive approach allowed the movement of the secondary liquid as well as the solid particles from the bulk suspension to be monitored through a time lapse of scans. This was achieved by observing the changes in the grey scale range of the droplet with time, which was then correlated to the uptake and movement of sucrose into the secondary liquid using an innovative method. This movement was due to the hydrophilicity and solubility of sucrose with gravity/sedimentation playing a minimal role.

Keywords:Synchrotron X-ray microtomography, X-ray computed tomography, Dynamic ?CT, Suspensions, Sucrose, Secondary immiscible liquid
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D610 Food Science
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:25378
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 13:39

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