Numerical and experimental computation of airflow in a transport container

T. Cardinale, P. De Fazio, F. Grandizio

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The aim of this work is to perform a numerical and experimental analysis of convective flows inside an intermodal container refrigerated in hybrid mode, active by compressor and passive by eutectic plates, in the course of a simulated trip, in order to verify the distribution uniformity of the cold. This report shows the numerical simulation model implemented thanks to the use of Comsol Multiphysics 4.3b, a scientific commercial software CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) that allows thermofluidodynamic simulations. Two operation modes were considered in the model, one in laminar flow to reproduce the OFF cycle of the compressor with the only action of the eutectic plates, the other one in turbulent flow to reproduce the ON cycle of the compressor. In the second case, the k-ϵ model was used as a model of turbulence RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes). The results of this numerical analysis were compared with experimental data acquired during the simulated trip to validate the implemented model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734 - 742
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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