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Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura

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TERUEL, BÁRBARA; CORTEZ, LUÍS; LEAL, PAULO  and  NEVES FO, LINCOLN. Preliminary evaluation of cooling cost of fresh orange. Rev. Bras. Frutic. [online]. 2002, vol.24, n.1, pp.86-90. ISSN 0100-2945.

This paper presents study of the cooling cost of Valencia orange in a forced-air system and room cooling (Ta=1ºC and RH = 88,4±2,0%).The fruits was conditioned in two package with 3,5% and 40% of opening effective area. The annual total cost was determined with the fixed and variable costs of the installation and the cooling total costs with the quantity of cooling products in the each system for the same period. The cooling total cost is the 40 to 20% smaller, if compared with the cost when the fruits cooling in the conventional room.

Keywords : Citrus Sinensis Osbeck; cooling time; package; forced-air cooling; room cooling.

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