Dr Alan Foster

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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Air Conditioning & Referigeration

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Dr Alan Foster is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Air Conditioning & Referigeration with a general interest in heat transfer and fluid dynamics related to food refrigeration. Dr Foster's current interests are in refrigerated retail display, cold storage and application of CFD modelling in these areas. 

Alan also previously worked at the Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre at the University of Bristol before joining LSBU in 2009.

Alan is currently involved in the FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers' Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimisation along the cold chain in Europe) European project.  His roles within the project are improving retail display cabinets and development of a novel close temperature controlled retail display cabinet.

Since working at LSBU, he has also;

  • Developed user friendly cold store energy models for the ICE-E (Improving Cold storage Equipment in Europe) European project;
  • and helped The Carbon Trust develop a refrigeration road map to allow supermarkets to reduce their carbon emissions.

Most recent publications

Foster, A and Evans, J and Maidment, G Benchmarking of supermarket energy consumption. In: 5th International Institute of Refrigeration Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 06 April 2018 - 08 April 2018, Beijing, China,.

Foster, A and Negro, D and Varga, L and Hu, Y and Fikiin, K and Evans, J Financial viability of liquid air energy storage applied to cold storage warehouses.. In: 5th IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 06 April 2018 - 08 April 2018, Beijing, China.

Fikiin, K and Stankov, B and Evans, J and Maidment, GG and Foster, A and Brown, T and Radcliffe, J and Youbi-Idrissi, M and Alford, A and Varga, L and Alvarez, G and Ivanov, IE and Bond, C and Colombo, I and Garcia-Naveda, G and Ivanov, I and Hattori, K and Umeki, D and Bojkov, T and Kaloyanov, N Refrigerated warehouses as intelligent hubs to integrate renewable energy in industrial food refrigeration and to enhance power grid sustainability. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 60. 96-103. DOI 10.1016/j.tifs.2016.11.011

Foster, A and McAndrew, P and Evans, JA Novel Aerofoils used for Reducing Energy Consumption and Improving Temperature Performance for Multi-Deck Refrigerated Display Cabinets. In: Proc. of 3rd IIR International Conference on the Cold Chain and Sustainability, 23 June 2014 - 25 June 2014, Twickenham, UK.

Foster, A and Orlandi, M and Evans, J Use of heat pipes to improve temperature performance of a chilled refrigerated display cabinet. In: 3rd IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, 23rd - 25th June 2014, Twickenham, London, UK.

Evans, J and Foster, A and Campbell, R and Davies, T A novel PCM thermo siphon defrost system for a frozen retail display cabinet. In: 2nd IIR Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, Paris, 2013, 2 - 4 April 2013, Paris, France.

Foster, A and Evans, J and James, SJ Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling to retail display and storage of food. In: CHISA 2006 - 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, 27-31 August 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Alan is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IMechE.

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