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Title: Contactless and non-destructive differentiation of microstructures of sugar foams by hyperspectral scatter imaging
Authors: Erkinbaev, Chyngyz ×
Herremans, Els
Nguyen, Nghia
Jakubczyk, Ewa
Verboven, Pieter
Nicolai, Bart
Saeys, Wouter #
Issue Date: Aug-2014
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Series Title: Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies vol:24 pages:131-137
Abstract: A hyperspectral scatter imaging system was developed for the contactless acquisition of spatially resolved diffuse reflectance profiles for the optical characterization of turbid food products in the wavelength range from 500 to 960 nm. To investigate the potential of this concept sugar foams with different microstructures, but with similar chemical compositions, have been prepared by applying different mixing times to the same mixtures of sugar and albumin. Hyperspectral scatter images have been acquired from these samples and the absorption and reduced scattering coefficients have been derived from spatially resolved reflectance profiles based on the diffusion approximation of the radiative transfer equation describing the light propagation in turbid media. The estimated reduced scattering coefficients μs′ spectra clearly reflected the effect of the different mixing times on the foam microstructure. On the other hand, similar absorption coefficient spectra were observed, confirming the identical chemical composition of the sugar–albumin matrix. These results indicate that the hyperspectral scatter imaging technique has potential as a non-contact and rapid method for online quality control and process monitoring of foamed food products.
ISSN: 1466-8564
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)
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