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SIQUEIRA, Álvaro J. H.; COSTA, Andréa O. da  y  COSTA JUNIOR, Esly F. da. Modeling and simulation of forced-air cooling of strawberries using variable convective coefficient. Eng. Agríc. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.1, pp.164-173. ISSN 0100-6916.

In the forced-air cooling process of fruits occurs, besides the convective heat transfer, the mass transfer by evaporation. The energy need in the evaporation is taken from fruit that has its temperature lowered. In this study it has been proposed the use of empirical correlations for calculating the convective heat transfer coefficient as a function of surface temperature of the strawberry during the cooling process. The aim of this variation of the convective coefficient is to compensate the effect of evaporation in the heat transfer process. Linear and exponential correlations are tested, both with two adjustable parameters. The simulations are performed using experimental conditions reported in the literature for the cooling of strawberries. The results confirm the suitability of the proposed methodology.

Palabras clave : mathematical modeling; cooling; parameters estimation.

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