Rising refrigeration star honoured for PhD work

An employee with Adande Refrigeration has scooped the Ted Perry award, presented by the Institute of Refrigeration.

Catarina Marques, R&D engineer at the Lowestoft manufacturer, triumphed for her research work into refrigeration.

Open to graduate and post graduate students in the UK, the Ted Perry award is presented annually for research of a practical nature related to the field of refrigeration by a young person.

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The title of Marques’ PhD is ‘Novel design and performance enhancement of domestic refrigerators with thermal storage’.

The research aim was to develop an energy efficient domestic refrigerator employing the thermal energy stored in a phase change material (PCM) to cool the refrigerator compartment, improving its temperature stability and increasing the appliance off-cycle.

The results have shown that the integration of a 5 mm PCM slab into the refrigerator allowed three to five hours of continuous operation without power supply, compared to nine minutes without PCM, depending on ambient temperature.

“We are very fortunate to work with committed innovators like Catarina who demonstrate there is plenty of opportunity to improve the ‘standard’ refrigerator,” said Ian Wood, managing director of Adande. “Winning such a respected award is a highly impressive demonstration of her technical ability and expertise.”

Part of Marques’ work will be published later this year in the Energy journal, an international publication covering energy engineering and research.

Marques was nominated for the award by her PhD supervisor at London South Bank University. The PhD was an Industrial Case award funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Adande Refrigeration.

Marques’ prize for winning the award includes an engraved tankard, set of technical databooks on CD and a cheque for £500.

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