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Application of solar-operated liquid desiccant evaporative cooling system for banana ripening and cold storage

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Elsevier Ltd
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/b978-008045312-5/50037-6
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Publisher Summary A banana facility is distinguished by the process of ripening, a process during which banana is exposed for a period of 24 hours to a small premeasured amount of ethylene gas in a confined airtight room whose air temperature is maintained between 20ºC and 25ºC, and relative humidity between 90% and 95%. Banana ripening rooms require continuous circulation of large volumes of conditioned air throughout the entire load in addition to automatic room humidifiers to maintain the humidity ranges required and prevent excessive fruit dehydration. Indirect evaporative cooling is applied to improve the cooling achieved. This chapter describes a solar-operated liquid desiccant evaporative cooling system for providing banana ripening and cold storage conditions in Khartoum, and investigates mathematical modeling of the system's components used in simulating the system.

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