Honors Theses

Date of Award

Fall 5-10-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Adam Smith

Second Advisor

Mike Gill

Third Advisor

Darin Van Pelt

Relational Format



The intention of this project was to provide a design and cost estimate for the refrigeration systems within an industrial cold storage distribution center for Magnolia Country Frozen Foods, Inc. in East Rutherford, NJ. The facility includes eighteen 300,000 ft3 units (200 ft x 100 ft x 15 ft). These units require 200 tons of refrigeration at a maintained temperature of 0oF. This project's scope included choosing an optimal refrigeration system, selecting a refrigerant for use within the system, and providing a cost estimate for the purchase of the refrigeration system equipment and for the yearly cost associated with running and maintaining the system. In our work researching and preparing to complete the estimate for the system, our top considerations included efficient thermodynamic performance, safety, global warming potential, refrigerant phase-out status, and cost. The refrigeration system equipment for each unit represented in the cost estimate includes a compressor, two heat exchangers, and refrigerant to load each system. The final estimate represents a safe, efficient, cost-effective option to implement in the construction of the warehouse refrigeration complex.

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