Centrifugal dewatering of acid casein curd: Effect of casein manufacturing and centrifugation variables on curd compression in a laboratory centrifuge
Munro, P.A.; Van Til, H.J.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering 32(9): 1153-1157
Data relevant to curd compression in a horizontal, solid bowl decanter centrifuge have been obtained by studying the dewatering of acid casein curd in a batch laboratory centrifuge. Analysis of curd compression under centrifugal force predicts a moisture content gradient in the dewatered curd from a maximum at the curd-liquid interface to a minimum at the centrifuge bowl wall. This moisture content gradient was also measured experimentally, and its practical implications are discussed. Increases in centrifugal force, centrifugation time, and centrifugation temperature all caused a marked decrease in dewatered curd moisture content, whereas increases in precipitation pH and maximum washing temperature caused a smaller decrease in dewatered curd moisture content.