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July 2008

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Container Refrigeration

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This publication provides guidance on the operation and handling of refrigerated containers.

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This publication covers the following aspects of container refrigeration:

• Thermodynamic concepts behind the science of refrigeration and the terminology used by reefer professionals
• components of the refrigeration system and the changes that take place in the refrigerant as it flows through them
• types of refrigerated cargo and their effect on the performance and operation of container refrigeration machinery
• types of compressor and their workings and maintenance
• types of expansion valve and their workings and maintenance
• location and use of microprocessor controllers in container refrigeration machinery
• temperature recording systems
• types of controlled atmosphere systems and how they differ from modified atmosphere systems
• the effect of humidity on refrigerated cargoes and in particular fruit
• types and classification of refrigerants and the environmental impact of refrigerant emissions
• maintenance procedures
• causes of damage to reefer cargoes
• the 360 Quality Code and the concept of Zero Damage to reefer cargo
• carriage of live cargo.

The Appendices provide checklists, reporting forms and other essential documentation.

1 Basics of Refrigeration

2 The Refrigeration System and the Flow of Refrigerant through the Components

3 Containerisation and Container Refrigeration

4 Various Types of Refrigerated Cargo

5 Compressors

6 Expansion Valves

7 Controllers

8 Temperature Recording Systems in Reefer Containers

9 Controlled Atmosphere Systems

10 Humidification Systems

11 Refrigerants

12 Maintenance of Reefer Container Machinery

13 Reefer Cargo Losses

14 Carriage of Live Cargo on Board in Reefer Containers

15 Worldwide Containerised Reefer Cargo Trade

16 Diagnostics and Trouble-Shooting


Mr Chilukuri Maheshwar sailed with the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd as Chief Engineer.

From 1999 to 2001, he was a Customer Service Manager for South Asia for the Reefer Container Products Group of Carrier Transicold and set up the Reefer Container Service Office for South Asia in Mumbai.

He is a life member (Fellow) of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) and Institution of Engineers (India). He is also an Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) approved Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor, a Chartered Engineer, an Approved Valuer and an Institute of International Container Lessors (IILC) certified Container Inspector.

Title: Container Refrigeration
Number of Pages: 300
Product Code: 4362
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-905331-25-3 (9781905331253), ISBN 10: 1-905331-25-8 (1905331258)
Published Date: July 2008
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 280 mm
Book Width: 160 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.90 kg
Author: Chilukuri Maheshwar

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