Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society

, Volume 89, Issue 10, pp 1921–1928 | Cite as

Bubble and Crystal Formation in Lipid Systems During High-Intensity Insonation

  • Silvana MartiniEmail author
  • R. Tejeda-Pichardo
  • Y. Ye
  • S. G. Padilla
  • F. K. Shen
  • T. Doyle
Original Paper


The objective of the present research was to monitor bubble and crystal formation in lipids during high-intensity insonation. High-intensity ultrasound was generated with a 20-kHz probe. Bubble and crystal formations were recorded using a low-intensity ultrasound spectrometer operating at 1 MHz central frequency. Bubble formation was monitored in soybean oil (SBO) during insonation for different time periods (5, 10 and 60 s) and at different temperatures (22, 24, 26, 28, and 30 °C). Ultrasound attenuation due to the presence of bubbles was observed in all conditions tested. Attenuation increased with temperature and at intermediate frequencies (1 MHz). In addition, the presence of bubbles was detected after insonation was stopped, particularly for SBO sonicated for 60 s at 30 °C. Low-intensity ultrasound spectroscopy was used to monitor the crystallization behavior of interesterified SBO. The acoustic velocity increased during crystallization, but significantly decreased during insonation.


High-intensity ultrasound Low-intensity ultrasound Crystallization Lipids Bubble Cavitation Density Velocity 



The authors would like to thank USDA-CSREES (project 2009-65503-05789) and the VP for Research at Utah State University for funding support. We would also like to thank Ian Neeson for his help using the ultrasound spectrometer. This paper was approved by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station as paper no. 8385.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvana Martini
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Tejeda-Pichardo
    • 1
  • Y. Ye
    • 1
  • S. G. Padilla
    • 1
  • F. K. Shen
    • 2
  • T. Doyle
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food SciencesUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Center for Surface Analysis and ApplicationsUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUtah Valley UniversityOremUSA

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