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Dr Alan Foster

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Air Conditioning & Refrigeration


Dr Alan Foster is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 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.
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Alan is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IMechE.