Cold storage is mainly built to preserve thermolabile items. These items include a vast range of foods, vegetables, chemicals, and other things. Building this storage prove highly beneficial to the intended purpose.
Insulation plays the central role in this. It holds the central role in this storage as it inhibits heath transfer in both ways. The heat neither enters nor leaves. This way, the items placed in these storages retain a cold temperature.
Highly powerful air-conditioners are installed in these storages. These air-conditioners have strong ductwork that revolves around the whole building.
What is Thermolabile?
Substances that get affected by heat. An increase in heat leads to deactivation and destruction of the substance. Thus, the thermolabile substances are refrigerated to make sure that they live on for a longer shelf life.
In case of preserving, it for a few days, common refrigerators and freezers are used. But to store it for a long period of time such as months, cold storage is used.
These thermolabile substances are simply categorized as biochemicals. These biochemical substances include food items, chemicals for experiments, microorganisms, medicines, and other substances.
The Overall Structure of these Storages
These storages are simply warehouses installed with MEP systems. Their structural alignments are like other warehouses. The first structural part is erected, then the architectural components, and lastly MEP systems.
These systems make all the difference between a common warehouse and a cold storage. Although warehouses too are insulated completely that insulation is different from the specialized cold storage insulation. This required some special care and precision. In this regard, MEP estimating services can play a vital role.
Cold Storage Insulation System
Insulation is an important part of the cold storages. It plays a central role in storage intention. To ensure flawless results, this insulation is installed to the absolute capacity and with a specific process. it all goes as:
- The cold storage is constructed in two manners. One is called traditional and the other rack supported. In both of these manners, the installation begins from the interiors and extends outwards. The parameters of the inside part of the building provide for exteriors
- Traditional insulation is about placing insulation step by step. This covers more time and effort. The labor force has to carry out the process with more careful work
- While rack-supported installation includes metal racks. These racks make the installation work simple and also save time. This also concerns construction machinery. This way the labor has to work less to the task
- Firestopping is also cared for in the process. Cold storage is meant to keep the inside-placed items safe and cold. Fire is a major hazard to that. To make sure that, fire does not penetrate inside, the installation takes care of it all
Sandwich panels are the chiefly used insulation today. These panels are simply a combination of three layers. Among which the middle one is the low dense. While thin layers are attached to the side.
These change in density does the trick. It inhibits the transfer of heat from one to the other side. The low dense layer has a lower transfer rate. Also, next as heat tries to pass to the thin side layer the little heat is dispersed and as a result, no effect passes these panels.
With these installed, the cold storage is insulated and the work is done.
Cold storage is used to store thermolabile substances for very long periods of time. These buildings are basically warehouses with MEP systems. Among them is the cold storage insulation system. This insulation plays a vital role in the process. This could be traditional or rack-supported insulation. To build, sandwich panels are used. Mechanical estimating services can help with the process.