Development of an evaporative cooler for small scale agro producers

Ignatio Madanhire, Clement Shonhiwa, Ngonidzashe Mhuka, Charles Mbohwa

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The study seeks to develop an evaporative cooler that can assist the small scale agro producers in preserving and maintaining the quality of vegetables, to avoid the deterioration which may result in possible decline in market value. It was established that the lack of cheap and effective preservation methods has constantly created a problem for small scale farmers in the country. Three cooling system concepts were generated. The best solution was chosen by the use of binary dominance matrix for further development into a detailed design development. Simulations were done using solid works on the operations of the unit. Also cost and evaluations were carried to test the feasibility of the concept implementation. It was recommended that tests be carried out before large scale production of the refrigerator to accommodate any relevant practical adjustments for functionality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1754-1760
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberJuly
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event3rd Eu International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management,IEOM 2019 - Pilsen, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 Jul 201926 Jul 2019


  • Agro producers
  • Cooler
  • Food
  • Post-harvest losses
  • Preservation
  • Small scale
  • Vegetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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