Cereal Product Testing Attachments

Ottawa Cell - Texture Analysis

Kramer Shear Cell - 5 blade - Texture Analysis

Acoustic Emission/Video Playback - Texture Analysis

Ottawa Cell with
Watertight Base
'Bowl Life' testing of Breakfast
Cereals is made possible
through the use of an Ottawa
Cell, watertight base plate and
liquid catchment tray.

5-blade Kramer 
Shear Cell
Can be used for the shearing of
dry cereal products.

Acoustic Emission and 
Video Playback
Allow the collection of acoustic data
during a test and the synchronisation 
of force data with video frames - of 
particular interest for the testing of 
brittle products.

Application brochure


Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below.

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements which are commonly used in this application area are shown above. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of cereal products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion, cutting/shearing.

Typical measurements include:

  • Crispness/Fracturability/Brittleness (or loss of) of dry cereal products:  breakfast cereals, cereal bars, extrudates, seed coats, popcorn

  • Compressive Strength/Hardness/firmness (increase/decrease): breakfast cereals, grains, extrudates, cereal bars, oats, rice
  • Consistency: porridge, baby food, rice pudding
  • Rupture force: kernels
  • Toughness: kernels
  • Elasticity (modulus): kernels, cereal endosperm
  • Stress relaxation behaviour: kernels
  • Yield Strength: kernels
  • Breaking Strength (due to shear): extrudates
  • Stickiness/adhesiveness: couscous, oatmeal, starches, rice
  • Tenderness: cereal flakes
  • Bowl life: breakfast cereals
  • Gel strength: starch gels

Application Studies are available for the testing of cereal products using the TA.XT2i, TA.XTplus, TA.XTExpress  or TA.HDplus texture analysers.

In addition, scientific papers have been published which reference the use of the TA.XT2i/TA.XTplus/
TA.HDplus in the testing of cereal products.
Click here for paper titles and citation details.

Application Studies

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