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On-line food processing control and quality assessment by dynamic nuclear magnetic resonance methods - FT0112

To develop procedures for the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to food systems in order to produce images of those foods and to derive quantitative data of the distribution, microstructure and dynamics of the different components within them, the data to be used in research, development and process control by the industry.
To develop the methodologies required for the successful application of MRI techniques to food systems and to tyhe solution of generic problems. To extract quantitative NMR data and apply and where appropriate develop models to convert data into a form usable by Food Scientists and Process Engineers. In particular the major topics to be addressed will be: The spatial distributions of moisture and fat within a food system and the response to imposed thermal and mechanical changes; and The determination of the micro-dynamical states of the water and fat molecules.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1997

Cost: £612,089
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Surrey Medical Imaging Systems Ltd, Leatherhead Food International Ltd, University - Surrey, Biological Sciences, Weetabix Ltd, Unilever Research
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain