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Title: Parametric analysis of shape changes of alginate beads
Authors: Shi, P. 
He, P.
Teh, T.K.H. 
Morsi, Y.S.
Goh, J.C.H. 
Keywords: Alginate bead
Control release system
Issue Date: 10-Jun-2011
Citation: Shi, P., He, P., Teh, T.K.H., Morsi, Y.S., Goh, J.C.H. (2011-06-10). Parametric analysis of shape changes of alginate beads. Powder Technology 210 (1) : 60-66. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this article, the various elements controlling the geometry of alginate beads such as voltage, solution concentrations and extrusive rates were experimentally investigated. The findings indicated that the combination of higher voltages more concentrated CaCl2 solutions, shorter width of electrical field and slower extrusive rates can permit the alginate beads to become smaller. Also the effect of the electrical forces that acted on the liquid droplets was found to be stronger than that of the gravity forces did. The alginate solution concentration was found to influence the beads' shape significantly. Lower concentration of 0.5% resulted in tear-like beads arrangements and a higher concentration of 5 and 8% produced pear-like and sperm-like beads configurations. In addition to obtain special alginate beads, such as elliptical and bullet like beads, outside force could be applied. The above findings could open a broad gate for future control release system developments. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Powder Technology
ISSN: 00325910
DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2011.02.023
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