Research & development - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago
Fruit ripeness is often parameterised by moisture content, pH and sugar content, which are typically measured using destructive techniques. Non-destructive techniques promise to give growers, retailers and consumers better knowledge of the quality of their produce, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing waste.
This project will aim to further develop the idea of non-destructive determination of fruit ripeness by probing with millimetre wavelength electromagnetic waves (mmWave). Working with guidance from OnePlanet researchers, the student will have the opportunity both to design and conduct experiments using a mmWave transducer. Both bottled solutions and real fruit samples will be analysed in a variety of configurations to assess the feasibility of the technique for practical measurement of fruit ripeness. Analysis of the data by either multiple linear regression, principal component analysis, artificial neural networks or similar will also be conducted in the project, giving a robust predictive model for ripeness parameters. An important outcome will be to find the optimal configuration of the mmWave transducer that maximises accuracy and precision. Depending on the duration of the assignment, the student will additionally investigate the feasibility of using permittivity matching dielectrics to enhance the measurement accuracy.
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