Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya


Coarsening of ice crystals adversely affects the texture and shelf life of frozen products. The addition of stabilizers offers a potential solution to this problem. The goals of this project were to examine the coarsening behavior and the impact of stabilizers in a variety of frozen products. Various techniques including fluorescence microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, viscometry and hardness measurements were used to study the kinetics of coarsening. The results indicated that ice crystal size can change significantly during handling and as a result leads to variations in the hardness. The data suggested a mixed control kinetic mechanism for coarsening. The addition of stabilizers was found to generally reduce the coarsening rate.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering