Modular Modeling of a Refrigeration Container

Kresten Kjær Sørensen, Morten Juel Skovrup, Lars M. Jessen, Jakob Stoustrup

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This paper presents the modeling of a refrigeration container for use as a reference for energy-optimizing controller design. The model is based on first principles in order to conserve mass and energy, but various assumptions are used to simplify the equations, resulting in a unified model for the Star Cool refrigeration unit, the container and the cargo. Comparisons between simulations using the model and measurements from a real container show an average error of less than ±1K on the states important for control.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


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