ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) revised its refrigeration handbook for 2010. “The 2010 ASHRAE Handbook – Refrigeration” covers the refrigeration equipment and systems for applications other than human comfort. It includes information on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial applications of refrigeration; and low-temperature refrigeration.

“The handbook gives the industry a primer in a wide variety of refrigeration topics, such as storing and transporting fruit, cryosurgery, ice-skating rinks, slaughterhouses, and concrete dams,” said William McCartney, chair of the committee that oversaw writing of the volume. “While the handbook is primarily a reference for the practicing engineer, the volume is also useful for anyone involved in cooling and storage of food products.”

While the entire volume has been reviewed and revised, the most notable change is the addition of two new chapters. Chapter 3, “Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Systems,” describes the history of this “natural refrigerant” and why it is the subject of renewed interest today. Chapter 50, “Terminology of Refrigeration,” lists common terms used in industrial refrigeration systems.

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Publication date:07/19/2010