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dc.contributor.authorMaldonado, José Miguel
dc.contributor.authorZsembinszki, Gabriel
dc.contributor.authorGracia Cuesta, Alvaro de
dc.contributor.authorMoreno Argilés, Pere
dc.contributor.authorAlbets Chico, Xavier
dc.contributor.authorGonzález, Miguel Ángel
dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.description.abstractHeat removal is the most extended method for food preservation in food manufacturing industry by lowering food temperatures to stop microorganisms growing, which might spoil the product and could cause toxicity. Therefore, walk-in freezers are used for that purpose consuming a relevant part of the energy on service sector. The compression refrigeration system of the walk-in freezers can be blocked by the frost accumulated on the evaporator. For that reason a defrost process, which requires an important part of the energy consumption, has to be launched from time to time. In this paper, the schedule which manages the defrost process is investigated to limit its activation only when it is necessary. Moreover, different fan operation strategies were tested regarding the energy efficiency of the whole refrigeration system. This study has provided a system control strategy both for defrost and fans operation, depending on the frost built up on the evaporator. The control improves the energy performance of the whole refrigeration system.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was partially funded by the Spanish government through CDTI project with reference code IDI-20160143. Alvaro de Gracia would like to thank Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad de España for Grant Juan de la Cierva, FJCI-2014-19940. Pere Moreno would like to thank Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad de España for Grant Torres Quevedo, PTQ-15-08025. The authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group (2014 SGR 123). GREA is certified agent TECNIO in the category of technology developers from the Government of Catalonia.
dc.relation.isformatofVersió postprint del document publicat a:
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Refrigeration, 2018, vol. 91, p. 101-110
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd (c) Elsevier, 2018
dc.subjectCompression refrigeration system
dc.subjectDefrost cycle
dc.subjectFans operation
dc.subjectSystème frigorifique à compression
dc.subjectCycle de dégivrage
dc.subjectFonctionnement des ventilateurs
dc.titleControl strategies for defrost and evaporator fans operation in walk-in freezers
dc.title.alternativeStratégies de régulation pour le fonctionnement des ventilateurs de dégivrage et d'évaporateur dans les chambres froides

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