This work applied the mathematical models already implemented in the OpenFOAM® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, to simulate two proposed air distributions inside cold chambers. The OpenFOAM® software was chosen because of the absence of licensing costs associated with its use, compared to the major commercial CFDsoftwares available. In the pre-processing phase, we used the free Google SketchUp® software for the virtual design of the prototypes, and the free enGrid® software for the discretization of these virtual prototypes; later the resulting grids were used, by the OpenFOAM®, in the post-processing phase.
Key words: Air flow distribution, refrigeration, foods.
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