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Effect of Container Openings and Airflow Rate on Energy Required for Forced-Air Cooling of Horticultural Produce
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 056076, 2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.19608) @2005
Authors: C. Vigneault, L. R. de Castro, Luis A. B. Cortez
Keywords: Efficiency, design, respiration rate, box, handling, packing
A research tool previously developed to investigate air distribution in horticultural produce
containers during forced-air precooling was used to determine the effect of airflow rate and opening
configuration on air pressure drop and rate and uniformity of cooling process. Further analysis
performed on previously tested opening configurations determined their influence on energy
efficiency. A system efficiency coefficient, consisting of the overall Energy Added Ratio (EAR) was
demonstrated as a functional tool during the container design, since it considers peculiarities of the
forced-air cooling system and produce physiology.