A reproduction of the human masticatory system is presented here to evaluate mechanical properties of foods, relevant design elements of the simulator, and the overall practicality of the system. The model incorporates a cam-driven linkage system providing realistic motion of the mandible, with reaction forces measured by strain gages on two axes to record real time changes in food structure. The experiment demonstrates that the construction of a mastication simulator is feasible and allows texture profiling and discrimination between similar foods.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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