Modeling moisture migration in a multi-domain food system: Application to storage of a sandwich system

Tushar Gulati, Ashim K. Datta, Christopher J. Doona, R. Roger Ruan, Florence E. Feeherry

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Moisture transport in a food system involving two different materials of unequal moisture content was modeled with water activity as the driving force using a porous media framework. This model was applied to a bread-barbecue chicken pocket sandwich stored in isothermal conditions. The model successfully predicted the equilibrium condition, where the two materials, bread and chicken, reached the same water activity, but not the same water content. The transient changes in the moisture content in the bread and chicken were predicted and shown to be significantly affected by air gap between the bread and chicken. The prediction process was also sensitive to the Darcy permeability values for the materials. The modeling framework presented for a sandwich system is very general and can easily be extended to other multicomponent food systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-438
Number of pages12
JournalFood Research International
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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  • Capillary pressure
  • Moisture transport
  • Multi-domain foods
  • Porous media
  • Water activity

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