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Shell, a naturally engineered egg packaging: Estimated for strength by non-destructive testing for elastic deformation

Narushin, Valeriy G., Chausov, Mykola G., Shevchenko, Larysa V., Pylypenko, Andriy P., Davydovych, Viktor A., Romanov, Michael N., Griffin, Darren K. (2021) Shell, a naturally engineered egg packaging: Estimated for strength by non-destructive testing for elastic deformation. Biosystems Engineering, 210 . pp. 235-246. ISSN 1537-5110. (doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2021.08.023) (KAR id:90117)


Eggshell is a naturally engineered packaging of its interior content and prediction of the egg fracture force (F) under non-destructive elastic shell deformation (D) remains a challenge. Specifically, since shell deflection function under a constant load is linear, it is difficult to calculate the maximum point for F and the respective value of D. The aim was to solve this problem experimentally by employing a measurement instrument commonly used to analyse the deformation of metals and alloys. The experiments were conducted on chicken eggs aligned in their morphological parameters. A curvilinear characteristic of the change in the function F = f(D), was achieved at extremely low shell compression speeds (0.010 to 0.065 mm s-1). This enabled us to (i) describe the obtained functions accurately with Gaussian curves; (ii) expand the range of non-destructive load on a chicken egg to 30 N; and (iii) develop empirical equations for a reasonably accurate prediction of maximum shell deformation (R2 = 0.906) and shell strength (R2 ≈ 1). It is suggested that it is possible to calculate shell strength by measuring its deformation at five points that corresponded to non-destructive loads of 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 N. The methodological approach proposed can be used for the development of an effective shell strength calculation procedure by non-destructive testing. It depends on the appropriate tool for assessing and controlling the elastic shell deformation as well as the features of strength properties of the studied eggs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2021.08.023
Uncontrolled keywords: Chicken eggs, egg fracture force, shell strength, elastic shell deformation, non-destructive testing
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA440 Geometry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH324.2 Computational biology
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Reproduction
Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Signature Themes: Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment
Depositing User: Mike Romanov
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 18:54 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 13:17 UTC
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