Exploring Novel Carton Footprints for Improved Refrigerated Containers Usage - Data

Published: 6 January 2022| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/x64zhzrc3x.1
Tarl Berry


This data was generated through CFD simulations and validation experiments. The data is used in a publication. Abstract: Fresh produce export is a rapidly growing component of global trade. The supply of refrigerated containers (RFC) between markers and producers is a difficult part of the logistical management. However, many packaging systems are legacy designs for older shipping technologies. More than 10% of the RFC floor area is unused by current packaging systems, and designs often do not facilitate adequate cooling conditions. This study showed that optimal packaging system designs could improve packing density by up to 19%. Two new packaging systems were investigated using CFD to emulate conditions similar to forced-air cooling (FAC) and a RFC, respectively. The proposed packaging increased floor area utilisation to about 98%. The FAC cooling energy efficiency was improved by 29%. An analysis of the results indicate considerable cooling improvements are possible by modifying vent hole designs and using taller cartons. The study thus demonstrated substantial merits to implementing new fruit packaging systems.


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Stellenbosch University


Shipping Management, Cooling