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Title: CFD BASED ANALYSIS OF THE 3D SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DISTRIBUTION OF 1-METHYLCYCLOPROPENE IN APPLE FRUIT STORAGE
Authors: Tsige, Alemayehu Ambaw
Verboven, Pieter
Delele, Mulugeta Admasu
Defraeye, Thijs
Tijskens, Engelbert
Schenk, Ann
Nicolai, Bart
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2013
Publisher: International Society for Horticultural Science
Host Document: Ist International Symposium on CFD Applications in Agriculture vol:1 pages:165-170
Conference: International conference of agricultural engineering CIGR-AgEng 2012 location:Valencia Conference Centre, Valencia, Spain date:8-12 july 2012
Article number: 1008_21
Abstract: CFD models were used to investigate 1-MCP application to apple fruit stored in
different bin materials. Cases included in the study are high density polyethylene
(HDPE) plastic bins, HDPE plastic bins with plastic sheet covering and wooden bins of
slightly-weathered oak. Experiments were conducted for validation of the models. The
amount of 1-MCP adsorbed by fruits was similar in HDPE plastic bins and wooden bins,
using a dose of of 1 μL L-1. The presence of wood significantly reduced the 1-MCP
remaining inside the container. Simulation at reduced dosage indicated lower adsorbed
1-MCP in fruits in wooden bins than fruits in HDPE plastic bins. The relative
proportion of wood or other 1-MCP adsorbing agents (other than fruits) in commercial
storage rooms for apple is generally smaller than in this experiment and if 1-MCP levels
are near the maximum rate recommended (1 μL L-1), it can be concluded that the
scavenging effect may not create a serious concern.
ISBN: 978-90-66056-76-3
ISSN: 0567-7572
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)

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