Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Applied Engineering in Agriculture

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

251

Last Page

257

Research Focus Area(s)

Animal Production Systems Engineering

Abstract

Swine finishing facility ventilation has become relatively complex and is often mismanaged as a system. One of the few ways to truly understand these systems is to spend time systematically going through the many components of the building and how they work as a system. To learn to help producers better, a team of university Extension specialists that included agricultural engineers and animal scientists spent an extended period carefully documenting conditions in a deep-pit swine finishing building with two 1,000-head rooms. Exhaust fans connected to the manure pit and wall fans were operated at various stages as a negative-pressure ventilation system. A computerized controller activated exhaust fans, a ventilation curtain actuator, heaters, stir fans, and a spray cooling system. Gravity-controlled baffled ceiling inlets were evenly spaced in the building to provide good air distribution during cold and mild weather conditions. Following the review of current conditions and operating parameters, performance deficiencies were identified and recommendations were given regarding controller settings, inlet settings, and the transition to natural ventilation. Specific recommendations included changing minimum ventilation speed settings of fans based on animal size, removing inlet stops during warmer weather to avoid premature transition to natural ventilation, a change in how fans were staged, a change in setpoint, and the specific temperature at which the cooling system was engaged.

Comments

This article is from Applied Engineering in Agriculture 28, no. 2 (2012): 251–257.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Language

en

Date Available

December 10, 2012

File Format

application/pdf

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