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International Journal of Food Properties
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 780 - 790

Mechanical Properties of Melon Measured by Compression, Shear, and Cutting Modes

B. Emadi, M. H. Abbaspour-Fard and P. KDV Yarlagadda    

Abstract: Mechanical properties of three common varieties of melon were measured. These are toughness, rupture force, shear strength, maximum shearing force, and cutting force. The role of peel (%) on each property was also calculated as the relative contribution of peel to unpeeled produce. The shear strength of peel was statistically found similar (p > 0.05) for all varieties. The same result was also revealed for unpeeled produce. Using rupture force was not recommended for peeling watermelon, because of close values of this property for its peel and unpeeled case. The required energy for peeling all three varieties of melon was determined to be 500 N mm. Peeling melons using cutter tools could not be recommended.

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