Developmental changes in fruit texture during ripening were determined based on remote sensing of surface vibrations. The technique was evaluated with fruit having a range of firmness and textural characteristics including kiwifruit [Actinidia deliciosa (A. Chev.) Liang et Ferguson, `Hayward'] treated with ethylene, apple (Malus ×domestica Borkh. `Ourei') stored at 10 or 20 °C and persimmon (Diospyros kaki L. `Fuyu') stored at 10 °C. In each case fruit were placed on a stage capable of imparting sine wave vibrations with frequencies ranging from 5 to 2,000 Hz. The vibration transmitted through the fruit to the top surface was precisely measured without any direct contact with the Doppler laser vibrometer. The perceived fruit surface signal was corrected by subtraction of the stage vibration based on an accelerometer signal, hence the true vibrational signal of the fruit mass was determined. The phase shift at selected frequencies was based on the difference between the input and output vibration. The phase shift significantly increased in the range of 1,200 to 1,600 Hz in all three kinds of fruit analyzed as a function of maturation. The resonance frequency, peak height, and peak width of second resonance peak were also determined. The resonance frequency decreased in all fruit as a function of maturation. In apple, the peak height decreased as a function of storage duration, but in kiwifruit and persimmon the peak height fluctuated and a consistent pattern in this particular parameter was not observed. The amplitude of vibration decreased as a function of maturation when the imposed vibration exceeded 1,200 Hz. Data clearly showed that the Doppler laser vibrometer is capable of detecting the phase shift and vibration amplitude of fruit, and can be used as a versatile remote sensory tool for determining fruit firmness and for evaluations of maturity.
Noboru Muramatsu, Naoki Sakurai, Naoki Wada, Ryoichi Yamamoto, Keiichi Tanaka, Toshikazu Asakura, Yuko Ishikawa-Takano and Donald J. Nevins
Noboru Muramatsu, Keiichi Tanaka, Toshikazu Asakura, Yuko Ishikawa-Takano, Naoki Sakurai, Naoki Wada, Ryoichi Yamamoto and Donald J. Nevins
To examine the feasibility of using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) for fruit quality evaluation, measurements of firmness derived by this method were compared with those acquired using a contact accelerometer. Apples (Malus pumila Miller var. Domestica Schneider `Fuji'), kiwifruit [Actinidia deliciosa (A. Chev.) Liang et Ferguson, `Hayward'], Japanese pear [Pyrus pyrifolia (Burm. f.) Nakai var. Rehd. `Nijusseiki'], and Hassaku (Citrus hassaku Hort. ex Tanaka) were used. Fruit were subjected to sine waves at frequencies from 5 to 2000 Hz at the basal surface, and the vibrations resulting from these transmissions were precisely montitored at the upper surface with a LDV monitor. Measurements on all of the tested single fruit exhibited a distinct phase shift in the applied sine wave and in the responance frequency, dependent on frequency used. These shifts were also detected by an accelerometer, but in this case the range of frequency was restricted to an upper limit of 400 Hz for kiwifruit and 800 Hz for Japanese pear and Hassaku. Efforts to extend the range using a greater vibrational mass with the accelerometer resulted in anomalous tissue behavior, most likely due to excesive compression when the weight exceeded 1 g. Hence firmness measurements of fruit depended on the phase shift and resonance frequency, which were achieved with more precision by LDV than accelerometer. Since LDV measurements of fruit firmness were made without directly contacting the fruit surface, it could be potentially used for on-line quality evaluation and fruit sorting.