Performance Comparison of Gel and Ice Coolants for Cold Chain Packaging

Crossref: 10.23953/cloud.iestoc.508

  • S. Malasri Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • A. Pourhashemi Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • T. Podesta Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • K. Nicholson Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • T. Waddell Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • L. Rodriguez Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • M. Arnett Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • D. Duckworth Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • T. Ayesh Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • V. Fantaziu Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
  • B. Knighton Gadomski School of Engineering, Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104, USA

Abstract

Temperature-sensitive products are often shipped in an insulated container with a coolant to maintain the interior temperature at a certain temperature threshold. In this study, the performance of two popular coolants, gel and ice, were compared using trendline data. Comparison using collected data on some cases were made so that phase changes could be observed, which was explained by a study of gel latent heat of fusion that was also performed. The amount of 2.09, 4.19, and 6.28 pounds of each coolant were placed in a 12x12x11.5” expanded polystyrene insulated foam container with a 2-inch wall thickness. In each case, the sealed container was put in a chamber with temperatures of 60-, 90-, and 113-degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, the gel coolant performance was slightly better than the ice coolant.

Keywords:
Cold Chain Packaging; Gel Coolant; Ice Coolant; Temperature-Sensitive Shipping

Published
Oct 5, 2021
How to Cite
MALASRI, S. et al. Performance Comparison of Gel and Ice Coolants for Cold Chain Packaging. IESTOC, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 1, p. pp.276-286, oct. 2021. Available at: <http://www.iestoc.org/index.php/conference/article/view/75>. Date accessed: 07 dec. 2021.
Track
Research Track