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Physical properties

  • P. Reiser
  • G. G. Birch
  • M. Mathlouthi


Although the physical properties of sucrose have been studied for nearly two centuries, there is a need to gather the numerous information dispersed in different sources in the same book. The tables included in this chapter are a critical selection of data published in the sugar literature and are by no means an exhaustive compilation of all the knowledge in the field. The three forms under which sucrose may be found in the laboratory or the factory are the crystalline, amorphous and aqueous solution. This is also the order of presentation of the physical properties selected and estimated of certain utility to the reader. Some of the properties (solubility, viscosity) reported here are more thoroughly developed in other chapters of the book. Sucrose is one of the purest chemicals available at a low price and this is probably the reason why it has been always used as a standard for calibration of densimeters, viscosimeters, refractometers, polarimeters, etc. Although the modern computers offer huge possibilities of modeling and rapid computation, nothing can replace experimental work. That is why most of data listed in the following tables have as their origin experimental determinations.


Sucrose Solution Apparent Molar Volume Freezing Point Depression Invert Sugar Sucrose Molecule 
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