critical moisture content


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critical moisture content

[′krid·ə·kəl ′mȯis·chər ‚kän·tent]
(chemical engineering)
The average moisture throughout a solid material being dried, its value being related to drying rate, thickness of material, and the factors that influence the movement of moisture within the solid.
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Except for Datu Salomay and Kibalang, the critical moisture content which corresponds to the sudden decrease in yield stress is between 40 to 70% while that of the two sites mentioned above ranged between 80 to 85%.
This lower critical moisture content for biomass deposition in basal kernels was significantly correlated to their longer duration of grain filling ([r.
Although the primary difference was the critical moisture content at PM between positions, differences around 40 to 60% moisture content were also evident during grain filling, showing a different growth pattern.
They found that if they know and can control the critical moisture content, such physicochemical changes as the browning or caking of avocado products can be delayed when products are stored.
Since thermal inactivation was found to be insignificant for temperatures at or below 30[degrees]C, which is above the maximum wet bulb temperature used in the drying experiments conducted here, it is only necessary to characterize thermal rate effects below the critical moisture content.
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