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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1972. Department of Agricultural Engineering.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of temperature and muscle restraint on tenderness during the development of rigor mortis. Shortening of muscle during rigor mortis is a natural phenomenon. Experimental tests measured the force requirements to prevent muscle contraction. Tests were performed at various temperatures to measure force development in samples held at constant length during rigor mortis. Tenderness readings were taken to relate the effect of temperature to tenderness.
Advisor: Thomas L. Thompson