African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Simulation of air flow in cold chambers using the openfoam® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software

Jose de Castro Silv
  • Jose de Castro Silv
  • School of Agricultural Engineering, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, SP, Brazil
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Barbara Janet Teruel Mederos
  • Barbara Janet Teruel Mederos
  • School of Agricultural Engineering, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, SP, Brazil
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Luiz Antonio Rossi
  • Luiz Antonio Rossi
  • School of Agricultural Engineering, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, SP, Brazil
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  •  Accepted: 30 October 2013
  •  Published: 02 January 2014

Abstract

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.