Air bubbles in calcium caseinate fibrous material enhances anisotropy

Zhaojun Wang, Bei Tian, Remko Boom, Atze Jan van der Goot - Food Process Engineering, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands; Department of Radiation Science and Technology, Faculty of Applied Science, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Dense calcium caseinate dispersions can be transformed into hierarchically fibrous structures by shear deformation. This transformation can be attributed to the intrinsic properties of calcium caseinate. Depending on the dispersion preparation method, a certain amount of air gets entrapped in the sheared protein matrix. Although anisotropy is obtained in the absence of entrapped air, the fibrous appearance and mechanical anisotropy of the calcium caseinate materials are more pronounced with dispersed air present. The presence of air induces the protein fibers to be arranged in microscale bundles, and the fracture strain and stress in the parallel direction are larger compared with the material without air. The effects can be understood from the alignment of the fibers in the parallel direction, providing strain energy dissipation. This study shows that creation of anisotropy is the result of interactions between multiple phases.

How Amira-Avizo Software is used

The 3D images were analyzed using Avizo imaging software version 9.3.0, including the total sample volume, total gas volume, gas void fraction (p), every single bubble volume, and its length, width and degree of deformation (Def).