Refrigeration Applications
ASHRAE Technical Committee 10.2

Scope of TC 10.2

TC 10.2 is concerned with the application of refrigeration systems for precooling, processing, manufacturing and storage of foods, beverages and other products, including the understanding and procedures for calculating design and hourly refrigeration loads, as well as system energy usage. This TC includes the application of equipment and systems for ice manufacturing and ice storage, as well as ice skating and curling rinks. This scope excludes walk-in freezers and coolers less than 3,000 sq. ft. and ice making systems less than five tons of ice per day.


The ASHRAE Handbook is published in a series of four volumes, one of which is revised each year, ensuring that no volume is older than four years.

TC 10.2 is responsible for the following chapters in the Refrigeration Handbook:

REFRIGERATION: Ice Manufacture
Most commercial ice production is done with ice makers that produce three basic types of fragmentary ice (flake, tubular, and plate), which vary according to the type and size required for a particular application. Among the many applications for manufactured ice are processing (fish, meat, poultry, dairy, bakery products, and hydrocooling), storage and transportation (fish, meat, poultry, and dairy products), manufacturing (chemicals and pharmaceuticals), and others (retail consumer ice, concrete mixing and curing, and off-peak thermal storage).
Any level sheet of ice made by refrigeration (the term “artificial ice” is sometimes used) is referred to in this chapter as an ice rink regardless of use and whether it is located indoors or outdoors. Bobsled-luge tracks are not referred to as rinks but are referenced under this chapter. An ice sheet is usually frozen by circulating a heat transfer fluid through a network of pipes or tubes located below the surface of the ice. The heat transfer fluid is predominantly a secondary coolant such as glycol, methanol, ethanol, or calcium chloride (see Chapter31 of the 2013 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals).

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Seminars by this TC:
Bridging the Disconnect Between HVAC and Refrigeration Design in an Ice Arena, Montreal, June 2011
Bobsled Tracks: Design and Construction Challenges, Salt Lake City, June 2008


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