It’s not just opportunities to improve efficiencies of production line equipment where Tribology can help deliver improvements in food production.
Tribology can be used to evaluate the physical properties of consumer products such as creams and foods.
By replicating and studying the complex interactions between food and the mouth, it can give measurable insights into the sensations that are experienced by users when eating.
Understanding how changes in ingredients influence the way food breaks down in the mouth then allows recipes to be optimised for the best outcome.
Using Tribology to understand beer mouthfeel
Even beer isn’t safe from analysis by our testing equipment!
The mouthfeel of the beer can be controlled by adjusting the levels of beer carbonation and its viscosity. The viscosity of the beer in turn can be controlled with the concentration of sugars and larger molecular weight solutes such as beta-glucan and dextrin.
We’ve tested two craft beers to understand what the results from friction testing can tell us about their composition and evaluated the results to show how tribology can reliably capture and present the characteristics of each liquid.
Evaluating chocolate with Biotribology
We were approached to create a biotribology test method that could simulate and measure the sensation imparted by the chocolate during eating.
We modified a commercial instrument using custom manufactured discs to simulate the eating process whilst measuring friction between the realistic mouth surfaces to understand how the chocolate controls the friction and how this effects the mouthfeel.
The method was shown to be able to differentiate between different chocolates, with results correlating to panel testing. The solution is now being used to evaluate new chocolate formaulations.
“Ingram has been very flexible and helpful to adapt the analysis procedure according to our research question.”Fabrizio Steinebrunner, Igralub AG für Schmiertechnik
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We have started a Podcast! Our first guest is Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial College. We discuss biotribology, as related to the testing of food and hip joint failures. We discuss the advances in 3D printing and how Connor moved from Tribology into 3D printing. We discuss all Connors current projects and thoughts for the…
We are recruiting an Engineer to join our team at Ingram Tribology. The deadline for applications is 4th September 2023.
We have been busy preparing for the conferences this summer. By drafting some of our micropitting work for publication. This will be presented at STLE, Lubmat and TriboUK. We have been busy working on a rapid micropitting test that correlates to the FZG micropitting test. Our new test takes less than 40 hours and correlates…
We are currently working on an exciting project with the Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB) and the European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI), to develop a new performance test for Top of rail (TOR) materials. These TOR materials are used to ensure traction and reduce noise at the wheel/rail interface. This allows trains to start without…
This year the animals at the South Pole have been having fun demonstrating the different shapes of contacting bodies.
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At the beginning of the first COVID lockdown in the UK – March 2020, we like many other people didn’t know what effect the lockdown would have on our business. But we did know and feel like we needed to help our local community. This included the manufacture of protective face visors, using our 3D…
Traction curves can be used to develop lubricants for specific applications, for example high traction fluids for CVTs. They can also be used to help understand the physical changes of the lubricant under high contact pressures. This can then be used to help develop new lubricants with special properties, for example with low traction to…