European journal of lipid science and technology vol:110 issue:6 pages:521-529
To follow palm oil crystallization under shear, a new rheological method was developed. This method can be split up into two parts: In the first part, continuous shear is applied for a pre-defined period and crystallization is monitored by measuring the apparent viscosity as a function of isothermal time under shear. In the second part, shear is halted and oscillation is applied during 30 s, thus recording moduli and phase angle. These moduli and phase angle are then characteristic of a sample crystallized under shear during this pre-defined period. After repeating this procedure for increasing shearing periods in the first part, complex modulus and phase angle were plotted as a function of isothermal time under shear. The thus obtained results were compared with crystallization data obtained via time-resolved X-ray diffraction and polarized light microscopy.