OTHER FOOD RHEOLOGY PRIMERS: it might help look with these different perspectives
-From Pawan Takhar, Ph.D.Assistant Professor – Food Engineering at Texas Tech U.
If the link does not work try typing “rheology ptakhar” into gOOgle; it should be the first hit.
-From Dr Mukund V Karwe (http://foodsci.rutgers.edu/karwe/) from Rutgers Food Science
Why food rheology ?
Why might a school – not us – have an entire department devoted to food rheology ?
There are entire symposiums devoted to food rheology – for example –The International Symposium on Food Rheology and Structure – ISFRS 2009
Proceeding from the last 3 symposia can be found here
And food rheology hits the big time in 2005…
This abstract from NATURE http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v4/n10/abs/nmat1496.html could be a interesting read too. You should be able to access the full text PDF from a OSU based computer. Raffaele Mezzenga is an Assoc. Prof. at the Polymer Physics Group of Université de Fribourg Universität Freiburg in Switzerland.
If anyone develops a deep interest in this aspect of food science – this free pdf book by Prof. James F Steffe of Michigan State U. is a good resource…
WHY STUDY FRENCH FRY CRUST FRACTURE MECHANICS ?
Kelly Ross and Martin Scanlon. A fracture mechanics analysis of the texture of fried potato crust. Journal of Food Engineering 62 (2004) 417–423.
Well according to the authors, and I quote, “In spite of their [potatoes] economic importance, the potato processing industry has had difficulty in evaluating and controlling one of the french fry’s most important quality attributes––fry texture“.
The aim was then…
“an investigation of the fracture properties of the crust of fried potato. As stated by Lima and Singh (2001a), there is a paucity of information on the mechanical properties of this component of a very popular processed food. Well defined measurements of mechanical properties are especially important for engineering modelling of the effect of given unit operations on the texture of individual regions of the fry“.
An answer looking for a problem ? Maybe.