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Journal of Food Technology
Year: 2013  |  Volume: 11  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 60 - 66

Physico-Mechanical Properties of Prunus nepalensis Fruit and Seed Using Image Processing and Experimental Method

Sandip Mandal, Amit Nath, Rajesh Kumar Singh, Arvind Kumar and Nishant Deshmukh    

Abstract: The physico-mechanical properties of Prunus nepalensis fruit and seed were determined at moisture content of 88.50 and 15.62%, respectively. An image processing technique was also used to measure major dimensions and data was compared and correlated with experimental data. Strong correlation was observed between experimental and image processing technique in length and width of both fruit and seed. The true density, bulk density and porosity of fruit were measured as 1077.41, 598.08 kg/m3 and 43.42%, respectively whereas for seed these values were 1178.84, 508.80 kg/m3 and 57.94%. The angle of repose of fruit and seed was found to be 26.43 and 22.13°, respectively. The friction coefficient of fruit ranged from 0.421-0.477 whereas that of seed 0.369-0.435. Hardness of fruit was determined as 0.966 kg.

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