Assessment of Evaporative Cooling System for Storage of Vegetables

2016 International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)  
Tomatoes in its natural state remains highly sort after as a result of its domestic relevance in most homes. In a bit to reduce the amount of losses that occurs after harvest, storage amongst many others is seen to be a very germane consideration to enhancing the shelf life of tomatoes. Samples of red tomatoes were gotten from a popular market in omu-aran town, Kwara state, Nigeria and green tomatoes samples were gotten from the green house in Landmark University teaching and research farm,
more » ... research farm, omu-aran, kwara state Nigeria. The samples were stored in an active evaporative cooling system for a period of seven days. A few samples were also placed in the ambient environment of the evaporative cooler to carry out a load-test on the cooler. The emerging result shows that after the seventh day, the red tomatoes and green tomatoes that was stored in cooler had a percentage weight loss of 8.65% and 1.54% respectively. While the red and green tomatoes samples that was stored in the ambient environment had a percentage weight loss of 47.20% and 5.14% respectively. This outcome implies that the evaporative cooler with an average cooling efficiency of 86.01% was able to optimize the shelf life of the red and green tomatoes. Abstract Tomatoes in its natural state remains highly sort after as a result of its domestic relevance in most homes. In a bit to reduce the amount of losses that occurs after harvest, storage amongst many others is seen to be a very germane consideration to enhancing the shelf life of tomatoes. Samples of red tomatoes were gotten from a popular market in omu-aran town, Kwara state, Nigeria and green tomatoes samples were gotten from the green house in Landmark University teaching and research farm, omu-aran, kwara state Nigeria. The samples were stored in an active evaporative cooling system for a period of seven days. A few samples were also placed in the ambient environment of the evaporative cooler to carry out a load-test on the cooler. The emerging result shows that after the seventh day, the red tomatoes and green tomatoes that was stored in cooler had a percentage weight loss of 8.65% and 1.54% respectively. While the red and green tomatoes samples that was stored in the ambient environment had a percentage weight loss of 47.20% and 5.14% respectively. This outcome implies that the evaporative cooler with an average cooling efficiency of 86.01% was able to optimize the shelf life of the red and green tomatoes. Abstract Tomatoes in its natural state remains highly sort after as a result of its domestic relevance in most homes. In a bit to reduce the amount of losses that occurs after harvest, storage amongst many others is seen to be a very germane consideration to enhancing the shelf life of tomatoes. Samples of red tomatoes were gotten from a popular market in omu-aran town, Kwara state, Nigeria and green tomatoes samples were gotten from the green house in Landmark University teaching and research farm, omu-aran, kwara state Nigeria. The samples were stored in an active evaporative cooling system for a period of seven days. A few samples were also placed in the ambient environment of the evaporative cooler to carry out a load-test on the cooler. The emerging result shows that after the seventh day, the red tomatoes and green tomatoes that was stored in cooler had a percentage weight loss of 8.65% and 1.54% respectively. While the red and green tomatoes samples that was stored in the ambient environment had a percentage weight loss of 47.20% and 5.14% respectively. This outcome implies that the evaporative cooler with an average cooling efficiency of 86.01% was able to optimize the shelf life of the red and green tomatoes.
doi:10.21275/v5i1.nov152974 fatcat:24j44utsvzbnlfqsmmsusyr4eu