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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Portable forced-air tunnel evaluation for cooling products inside cold storage rooms
Author: Barbin, DF
Neves, LC
Silveira, V
Abstract: Freezing process efficiency is affected by the required conditions to keep the air flow and temperature at the product surface. The objective of this work was to obtain results on comparative studies with air exhaustion and blowing using an experimental portable forced-air freezing tunnel. The device was designed to improve cooling rates inside storage room without the need for a cooling/freezing tunnel. A heterogeneity factor was proposed for air circulation evaluation and compared with convective heat transfer coefficient (h(ef)) values. Lower modules of heterogeneity factor values represent smaller temperature differences among samples. Comparing two different air flow processes, heterogeneity factor values were similar for regions where the cooling air could flow without obstructions. However, larger differences were observed for regions with hampered air circulation. Results indicated that the air distribution, as well as the heat transfer, occurs more uniformly around the products in the exhausting process than in the blowing system. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.
Subject: Frozen food
Air distribution
Heat transfer
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Elsevier Sci Ltd
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2011.08.008
Date Issue: 2012
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