The retention of organic volatiles in spray‐drying aqueous carbohydrate solutions

W.H. Rulkens, H.A.C. Thijssen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

64 Citations (Scopus)


The effect of process conditions on retention of volatiles in spray‐drying was studied for aqueous solutions of malto‐dextrin to which acetone and alcohols were added as model aroma compounds. Volatile retention appeared to be independent of the relative volatility and was determined by the diffusion coefficient of the volatiles in the drying drops. The retention increased with increasing dissolved solids concentration in the feed. The optimum feed temperature for obtaining maximum retention increased with feed concentration. Highest retentions were obtained at the lowest air inlet temperature. At low feed concentrations retention became insensitive to air temperature. The effect of the various process variables on volatile retention can be explained by the selective diffusivity of water in aqueous solutions of organic solids at low water concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Food Science & Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1972


Dive into the research topics of 'The retention of organic volatiles in spray‐drying aqueous carbohydrate solutions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this