Improving the performance of an industrial cold room

Looi Zi Qing, Sean (2007) Improving the performance of an industrial cold room. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: The aim of this project is to reduce the loss of energy escaping from open cold room doors. This project also aims to prevent the formation of ice in the insulation layer of the cold room floor, eliminating the effects of the bumpy floor surface. Ultimately, the purpose of the project is to find ways to reduce operational costs of the industrial cold room.

In the process of meeting the objectives, research and investigations are carried out on the industrial cold room. Because the structure is fully functional, many areas are considered off-limits; however, the following areas:
• Cold storage doors
• Door frame heaters
• Defrosting schedules
• Ground heater

The loss of energy from the open cold storage doors could be eliminated by using the concept of an air-curtain. A ground heater design was proposed for the cold room floor and optimum defrosting schedules were determined; however, there are difficulties in finding a solution for the door frame heaters.

The benefits obtained from these recommendations is that the operating costs of the industrial cold room can be reduced, defrosting of the air-blowers occurs when necessary, the problem of the uneven floor surface is solved and the elimination of the loss of energy from open cold room doors.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2008 05:31
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: cold room; industrial cold room; door; door frame; defrosting; ice; heat; heater; floor; floor surface
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090603 Industrial Electronics
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091010 Packaging, Storage and Transportation (excl. Food and Agricultural Products)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400508 Infrastructure engineering and asset management
40 ENGINEERING > 4009 Electronics, sensors and digital hardware > 400907 Industrial electronics
40 ENGINEERING > 4014 Manufacturing engineering > 401411 Packaging, storage and transportation (excl. food and agricultural products)

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