Biomechanical properties of meat and their correlation to tenderness Academic Article uri icon


  • A biomechanical study was conducted to characterize mechanical properties of post rigor bovine m. longissimus thoracis et lumborum muscles. Linear viscoelastic properties were measured using a standard stress-relaxation technique at 3% strain. A boundary value problem that partially mimicked a simplified model of a first chew cycle of the human masticatory process was solved, and stiffness and total energy dissipated were calculated and correlated to tenderness traits, as evaluated by a descriptive attribute sensory panel. Stiffness and total energy dissipated were highly correlated to overall tenderness (R = 0.86 and R = 0.91), and a model to predict tenderness using total energy dissipated was successfully developed.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Spadaro, V., Allen, D. H., Keeton, J. T., Moreira, R., & Boleman, R. M.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Spadaro, V||Allen, DH||Keeton, JT||Moreira, R||Boleman, RM

publication date

  • January 2002