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Changes in moisture content and compression strength during storage of ventilated corrugated packaging used for handling apples

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pankaj Pathare



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This study investigated the effects of storage conditions (−0.5∘C at 90% RH) on the mechanical performance of ‘MK4’ ventilated packaging used for handling pome fruit. The packages were stored over a period of 43 days. Compression strength of packages was measured by Lansmont squeezer compression testing machine on day 2, 4, 6 and 8 and then weekly over 6 weeks. The effect of 10 storage duration on package moisture content and compression strength was also examined. Maximum compressive strength was reduced from 7351 to 3872 N after 2 days of storage. The package compressive strength decreased with an increase in moisture content. Average compression strength was observed to decrease by 618 N per one percent increase in moisture content. Pseudo first order kinetic model could satisfactorily analyse the adsorption of water by corrugated package with coefficient of determination of 0.9816 and standard error of 0.2554. Relation- 20 ship between package compression strength with change in moisture during storage showed good correlation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pathare PB, Berry TM, Opara UL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Packaging Research

Year: 2016

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-6

Print publication date: 22/06/2016

Online publication date: 22/06/2016

Acceptance date: 07/06/2016

Date deposited: 22/06/2016

ISSN (electronic): 2391-5560

Publisher: De Gruyter Open


DOI: 10.1515/pacres-2016-0001


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