Understanding of structure development in drying droplets through the stickiness paradigm (2004–2006)
The aims of this research are to develop a new model for multicomponent droplet drying. This model will provide predictions of conditions where composition variation exists in the drying particles. Validation of the model will be made using a novel instrument to measure the in-situ development of surface stickiness during drying. Stickiness is an important issue encountered during drying and handling of some key food and consumer materials. Currently there is no technique to measure the evolution of stickiness during drying. Key outputs will include the model the instrument and the development of efficient methods to generate the multicomponent data.