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Title: A simulation approach to understanding the masticatory process
Authors: Voon, F.C.T. 
Lucas, P.W.
Chew, K.L. 
Kuke, D.A.
Issue Date: 7-Apr-1986
Citation: Voon, F.C.T.,Lucas, P.W.,Chew, K.L.,Kuke, D.A. (1986-04-07). A simulation approach to understanding the masticatory process. Journal of Theoretical Biology 119 (3) : 251-262. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An analysis of the reduction of food particle sizes during human mastication is presented in terms of the probability of a particle being broken (selection function) and the distribution of fragment sizes produced when it fails (breakage function). Both selection and breakage functions are defined and a general equation produced. Several feasible behaviours for these two variables that have been suggested in the literature are modelled by computer simulation and the results are compared to published breakdown patterns. The conclusions are (a) that selection and breakage functions probably behave very simply with respect to particle size, and (b) that these behaviours could be deduced from an analysis of food particle size distributions and the rate at which particle sizes are reduced per chew. © 1986 Academic Press Inc. (London) Ltd.
Source Title: Journal of Theoretical Biology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/102763
ISSN: 00225193
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