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Modular Fridge

Many slices of fridge, same single door.
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Instead of having racks and shelves to divide the fridge up into several segments, have actual fridge slices that stack one on top of the other.

They all share the same standard size fridge door (which is about .845m high and about .5m wide). They all have the same standard front to rear depth.

The advantage is that different parts of a fridge may require different chilling activity at any one time, and the different contents of the fridge may require different treatment. For example, the salad crisper tries not to be as chilled as the rest of the fridge. Also, other parts of the fridge will react to new entrants that are not yet chilled, independently of the other modules, and therefore achieve equilibrium quicker. Overall, it would be more energy efficient, if it weren’t for the fact that there’s now three separate refrigeration units and compressors and suchlike all bussed together at the back. Or, they may even benefit from being Peltier driven, now that they’re only comprised of smaller compartments.

Ian Tindale, Jan 20 2016

full-size fridge image http://img11.devian...estnill-d9jofu0.jpg
[notexactly, Jan 20 2016]


       //about 8.45m high// “Did you get a second bottle of milk out of the fridge?” “No, I forgot, and I already gave the extending ladder back to the next-door neighbours, as they were planning to make up lunch boxes for tomorrow. Sorry, would you like water instead? Room temperature only I’m afraid...”
pocmloc, Jan 20 2016

       I noticed that, too. Most household ceilings are less than even 3 meters high, much less 8.
Vernon, Jan 20 2016

       Bugger, I noticed I accidentally transposed the 8 and decimal point when I entered it, corrected it, made a mistake elsewhere while that first part was out of view, undid it to retype it, and must’ve undone twice and ended up undoing the other without looking.
Ian Tindale, Jan 20 2016

       I'm imagining each module being about .4 m tall and .849995 m wide. I think this is a more practical shape for stacking on top of each other.
notexactly, Jan 20 2016

       If it’s that wide, that won’t fit into the area under the counter where a fridge goes. It’s a fairly standard cavity size, and fridges are all about the same size, with a bit of depth variation in terms of sticking out a lot or a little.
Ian Tindale, Jan 20 2016

       Oh, I was thinking of a full-size fridge, not an under-counter one.
notexactly, Jan 20 2016

       //Most household ceilings are less than even 3 meters high, much less 8//   

       Don't be ridiculous. Indoor clay pigeon shooting and pole-vaulting would be completely impractical if that were the case. Also, anyone who's had a Caravaggio done will know that it looks completely crap on a low ceiling.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 20 2016

       This is well baked. People don't tend to buy them because they restrict space for various foods. Today I might want to store 6 large Tupperware containers of soup, tomorrow I might want to store the usual assortment of "I just went shopping" foods. Even if the modules are individually controlled I lose space with the dividing racks and spend extra time fiddling with the controls for no real benefit.
Voice, Jan 21 2016


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