The handbook, which covers refrigeration equipment and systems for applications other than human comfort, includes information on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial applications of refrigeration; and low-temperature refrigeration. Primarily a reference for the practicing engineer, the volume is also useful for anyone involved in cooling and storage of food products.
"CO2 is a refrigerant with a high coefficient of performance," said Ron Vallort, a consulting engineer from Chicago who specializes in refrigeration. "Some people hesitated to use CO2 because it operates under a higher pressure and produces lower temperatures than are usually needed in some industries. But it is now coming back into vogue as a natural refrigerant with no ozone depletion potential and very low global warming potential."
Other additions to the volume include: A new chapter, "Refrigerant Containment, Recovery, Recycling, and Reclamation;" chapter 10 has extensive updates, new geometric shape factors, and a new section comparing freezing time estimating methods; chapter 13 has new material on heat gain from cooler floors and coil defrosting; chapter 46 has new discussions on self-contained versus remote systems, energy efficiency, storage rooms, and interaction with supermarket air conditioning systems; and chapter 47 has new content on refrigerated cabinets, vending and ice machines, and energy efficiency.
Publication date: 07/03/2006