Computational ﬂuid dynamics (CFD) model was developed, validated and used to analyse cooling char- acteristics of two different package designs (CT1 and CT2) used for postharvest handling of pomegranate fruit. The model incorporated geometries of fruits, packaging box, tray and plastic liner. Thin layer of plas- tic material with conservative interface heat ﬂux was used to model liners. The accuracy of the model to predict airﬂow and temperature distributions were validated against experimental data. The model pre- dicted airﬂow through the stacks and cooling rates within experimental error. Stack design markedly affected the airﬂow proﬁle, rate and uniformity of cooling. The cooling rate of the two package designs differed by 30% and plastic lining increased the average 7/8th cooling times from 4.0 and 2.5 h to 9.5 and 8.0 h for the CT1 and CT2 stacks, respectively. Proﬁle of high and low temperature regions depended considerably on packaging box design.
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