The national production of Mexican vegetal pear (Sechium edule) is located at the present time in more than 130,000 ton/year. The vegetal pear that produced in the center zone of the state of Veracruz is known in international markets; however it is a product that practically has not been studied. This work identifies the rheological behavior of vegetal pear (Sechium edule). A rheometer MCR301 of Anton Paar was utilized for viscosity and shear stress measurements. The objective of this experimental was modeling the rheological behavior of vegetal pear suspensions at three concentrations (1, 2 and 3% w/w), three particle size (1.00, 1.19 and 1.40 mm), at the same conditions of temperature (25, 40 and 70 °C). The results showed that all the suspensions there was a phenomenological behavior as a dilatants fluid the performance of flow was represented by the Herschel‐Bulkley model, and present values of “yield stress” between from 0.1 to 15 Pa for the different experiments. During evaluation of the activation energy of the suspensions of vegetal pear was found that decreases from 154.4039 kJ/mol to 9.1086 kJ/mol for a particle size of 1.00 mm to 1.4 mm, which implies that the effect of temperature is higher with smaller grains, in this case 1.00 mm. Furthermore, we assessed the effect of particle size by the Péclet number, showing an increase of the viscosity when the Péclet number also increases.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| July 07 2008
Rheological Characterization of Vegetal Pear (Sechium edule)
José A. Castillo‐Reyes;
AIP Conf. Proc. 1027, 1253–1255 (2008)
José A. Castillo‐Reyes, Guadalupe Luna‐Solano, Denis Cantú‐Lozano; Rheological Characterization of Vegetal Pear (Sechium edule). AIP Conf. Proc. 7 July 2008; 1027 (1): 1253–1255. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2964534
Download citation file: