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Mechanical characterisation of lignocellulosic fibres using toy bricks tensile tester

This paper demonstrates the potential use of toy-bricks as the building block of a mechanical tensile testing instrument for the mechanical characterisation of natural fibres. A table-top tensile testing instrument was developed using LEGO parts (Mindstorms EV3 and Technics) and a 2 kg capacity load cell, whereas deformation modes were programmed in an open source programming language. Experimental work was conducted on oil palm fibres under different tensile modes (i.e.

Mechanical characterization and micromechanical modeling of bread dough. J.Rheol []

The mechanical behavior of dough, gluten, and
starch was studied in an effort to investigate whether bread dough can be
treated as a two phase (starch and gluten) composite material. Mechanical
loading tests revealed rate-dependent behavior for both the starch and the
gluten constituents of dough. There is evidence from cryo-scanning electron
microscopy that damage in the form of debonding between starch and gluten
occurs when the sample is stretched. In addition, the Lodge material model was
found to deviate from the tension and shear stress-strain test data by a

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