Dairy Milk Particles Made with a Mono-Disperse Droplet Spray Dryer (MDDSD) Investigated for the Effect of Fat
Chen, Xiao Dong
Wu, Winston Duo
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Mono-disperse droplet generation and subsequent drying in a spray-drying chamber, i.e., mono-disperse droplet spray dryer (MDDSD), provides a better-defined "flight experience" for liquid droplets. The related particle formation can be investigated more easily than that in the usual poly-disperse droplet spray dryer (PDDSD). Previously, skim milk, which is of high protein and high lactose content and is one of the two main dairy fluids that are processed into powder form for consumer markets, was subjected to this kind of investigation in Australia. Here, whole milk, which is the other main dairy fluid, has been spray-dried in a MDDSD set-up at Xiamen University (China). Because the initial droplet size is uniform, measurable, and the particle morphology after drying is consistent, it was possible to investigate the initial solids content effect upon shrinkage and inlet air temperature effect upon shrinkage. In contrast to what had been found for skim milk particles, the formation of the fat-containing (whole milk) particles does not follow the perfect shrinkage model as the skim milk does. This work has improved our quantitative understanding of the whole milk drying process. A fundamental analysis invoked with a modified one-dimensional modeling of spray drying has been given that has shown some further insight about the process.