Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Matiacevich S., Mery D. and Pedreschi F. (2012)

Prediction of mechanical properties of corn and tortilla chips by using computer vision. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11947-011-0662-z

Revista : Food and Bioprocess Technology
Volumen : 5
Número : 5
Páginas : 2025-2030
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Deep-fat frying is a unit operation which develops unique sensorial attributes in foods. For instance, texture is the principal quality parameter of tortilla and corn chips. On the other hand, computer vision is a useful tool for quality evaluation and prediction of some physical properties in different either raw or processed foods. The objective of this research was to characterize corn and tortilla chips by using computer vision, and to build proper mathematical models which permit to predict mechanical properties of these chips (maximum force -MF- such as hardness and distance to maximum force -MFD- such as toughness) by using chromatic features extracted from their corresponding digital images. Corn and tortilla chips (thickness of 2 mm; diameter of 37 mm) were made from masa of maize and fried at constant oil temperatures of 160, 175 and
190ºC. A high linear correlation (R211 >0.9400) was obtained between mechanical properties and some image features (Hu, Fourier and Haralick moments). Cross-validation technique demonstrated the repeatability and good performance (>90%) of the models tested, indicating that can be used to predict the textural properties of the tortilla and corn chips by using selected features extracted from their digital images, without the necessity of measuring them in a texture analyzer.