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CABRERA-TRUJILLO, María Alejandra; SOTELO-DIAZ, Luz Indira  and  QUINTANILLA-CARVAJAL, María Ximena. Effect of amplitude and pulse in low frequency ultrasound on oil/water emulsions. Dyna rev.fac.nac.minas [online]. 2016, vol.83, n.199, pp.63-68. ISSN 0012-7353.

The application of ultrasound within advanced or emerging technologies requires selecting parameters that depend on the target application. This study evaluated pulse and amplitude parameters of oil/water emulsions (20:80% w/w) using low frequency probe ultrasound equipment (20 KHz). A categorical multilevel factorial design was used with Design Expert® in which the following pulse treatments were defined: continuous, pulse 20:20 (on:off) and pulse 30:30 (on:off), for five minutes. Six amplitudes (30, 36, 42, 48, 54 and 60 µm) were evaluated for the following response variables: separation of phases in emulsion, temperature and accumulated power. The results showed that the best condition to obtain an emulsion with less phase separation was the 20:20 (on:off) treatment with an amplitude of 42 µm. The ultrasound probe application parameters that were obtained will enable the design of stable products from low-fat emulsions.

Keywords : Ultrasound probe; low frequency; emulsion; pulse; amplitude; phase separation.

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