A constitutive model for mechanical response characterization of pumpkin peel and flesh tissues under tensile and compressive loadings

Shirmohammadi, Maryam, Yarlagadda, Prasad K.D.V., & Gu, YuanTong (2015) A constitutive model for mechanical response characterization of pumpkin peel and flesh tissues under tensile and compressive loadings. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 52(8), pp. 4874-4884.

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Enhancing quality of food products and reducing volume of waste during mechanical operations of food industry requires a comprehensive knowledge of material response under loadings. While research has focused on mechanical response of food material, the volume of waste after harvesting and during processing stages is still considerably high in both developing and developed countries. This research aims to develop and evaluate a constitutive model of mechanical response of tough skinned vegetables under postharvest and processing operations. The model focuses on both tensile and compressive properties of pumpkin flesh and peel tissues where the behaviours of these tissues vary depending on various factors such as rheological response and cellular structure. Both elastic and plastic response of tissue were considered in the modelling process and finite elasticity combined with pseudo elasticity theory was applied to generate the model. The outcomes were then validated using the published results of experimental work on pumpkin flesh and peel under uniaxial tensile and compression. The constitutive coefficients for peel under tensile test was α = 25.66 and β = −18.48 Mpa and for flesh α = −5.29 and β = 5.27 Mpa. under compression the constitutive coefficients were α = 4.74 and β = −1.71 Mpa for peel and α = 0.76 and β = −1.86 Mpa for flesh samples. Constitutive curves predicted the values of force precisely and close to the experimental values. The curves were fit for whole stress versus strain curve as well as a section of curve up to bio yield point. The modelling outputs had presented good agreement with the empirical values and the constructive curves exhibited a very similar pattern to the experimental curves. The presented constitutive model can be applied next to other agricultural materials under loading in future.

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ID Code: 78715
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pseudo elasticity, Tensile loading, Rheological response, Compressive loading, Finite elasticity, Uniaxial loading, Constitutive modelling, Post harvesting, Food processing
DOI: 10.1007/s13197-014-1605-2
ISSN: 0975-8402
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (India) 2014
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2015 05:02

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