Rheology and interfacial properties

Rheology and interfacial properties

Food rheology is the study of the rheological properties of food which includes the consistency and flow of food under specified conditions - for example, the flowability of apple sauce through a pipe. It is important in determining food texture as well as how food behaves physically when subjected to physical forces and forced to flow. The rheological properties of raw materials, intermediate products such as batters and doughs as well as final products can be studied.

We have a range of techniques for the analysis and testing of food rheology, including:

Oscillatory measurements

Fundamental oscillatory measurements apply a small deformation and measure the response while maintaining the integrity of the test material. The viscoelastic properties measured gives insight into the structural properties of the material as well as an insight into the likely stability over time. Changes in rheological properties as a function of temperatures can be performed to mimic baking processes.

Viscosity measurement

Rapid Visco Analysis method measures the viscosity build up of starch- based materials as they are heated through a controlled heating program. The rate of heating and degree of shear force on the viscosity of the material can be measured as well the effect of salt, emulsifiers, enzymes and other materials. Viscosity flow curves can be obtained over a range of shear rates using rotational viscometers.

Drop shape analysis

Surface or interfacial properties play an important role in foam and emulsion creation and stability. The wetting behaviour of a liquid when in contact with a solid surface is conveniently measured by making contact angle measurements.

Flow measurements

The Bostwick Consistometer measures the distance a sample flows in a given time. It can measure the consistency and flow rate of products such as sauces, purees, salad dressings, batters and in fact any viscous or semi-solid material.

Key services

Chemical analysis

Chemical analysis

Understanding the chemical make-up of your products is essential.

Physical contaminants

Physical contaminants

Identification of unwanted physical objects present in a product.

Packaging down the microscope

Packaging down the microscope

Microscopy use a range of techniques to examine packaging materials including plastic and metal.

Structure and physical properties

Structure and physical properties

Methods for objective characterisation of food structure and physical properties.

Method development and evaluation

Method development and evaluation

Development of a robust methods for analysis and testing.

Foreign body identification

Foreign body identification

Identification of unwanted physical objects present in a product.

Foreign body ID scheme

Foreign body identification scheme

Run independently from our own foreign body laboratory, the FOBS scheme enables other laboratories to check their competence in the identification of foreign bodies.

Cereals and milling services

Cereals and milling services

Cereals and milling testing services information, pricing and submission.

Meat, poultry and seafood analysis

Meat, poultry and seafood analysis

Analysis supporting meat, poultry and seafood suppliers, manufacturers and retailers.

Herbs and spices analysis

Herbs and spices analysis

Ensure the safety and quality of your herbs and spices.

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Rheology training courses

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Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation

The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO17025:2017 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number. The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules are available from the UKAS website www.ukas.com

Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207

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