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A Model to Predict Shelf-Life Loss Ofhorticultural Produce During Distribution Withfluctuated Temperature and Vehicle Vibration

  • Weiwei Gong
  • Daoliang Li
  • Xue Liu
  • Jun Yue
  • Zetian FuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 295)

Abstract

Fresh fruits and vegetables has become a public concern from the food security aspect. And the prediction of shelf-life loss under the fluctuated temperature becomes one of the key problems in food supply chain operation. So this paper identifies the impact aspects of produce decaying during distribution. For the key temperature factor, the process is divided into three phases: sorting, traveling and door-opening. Based on time-temperature function, a model of shelf-life loss of horticultural produce during distribution is developed by evaluating respiration rate of vegetables and fruits considering both the environment fluctuated temperature and vehicle vibration during traveling. Taking eggplant as an example, the numerical experiment result demonstrates that the average cost for ambient distribution is 2.8 times of the insulation way.

Keywords

shelf-life horticultural produce distribution respiration rate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiwei Gong
    • 1
  • Daoliang Li
    • 2
  • Xue Liu
    • 2
  • Jun Yue
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zetian Fu
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Economics and ManagementChina Agriculture UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.College of Information and Electrical EngineeringChina Agriculture UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  3. 3.College of ManagementLudong UniversityShandong ProvinceP. R. China
  4. 4.College of Economics and ManagementChina Agriculture UniversityBeijingP. R. China

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