Effect of Temperature Cycling During Processing and Product

Temperature sweep probes rheological changes across a temperature ramp or over one or more cycles. Does your product reversibly or irreversibly change after storage in a hot or cold car? Is your product sensitive to temperature changes during manufacturing that impact product efficacy and quality? A temperature ramp or up/down cycle is well designed to efficiently probe this important property.  This assay can be performed under constant shear rate (1/sec) or shear stress (Pa) in the rotation mode and under constant strain or frequency in the oscillation mode.

Figure 1 demonstrates how temperature sweep quantifies the difference in spreadability of 2 butter products under constant frequency. The more spreadable butter (red line) has a lower G' (elastic modulus = solid nature) between refrigerator and room temperatures.


Figure 2 shows the benefit of multiple heating and cooling cycles resulting in an irreversible rheological change.  A more rheologically stable form of the material is identified and confirmed with subsequent heating and cooling cycles.

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Example of using a cycling temperature ramp to probe material changes.