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Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASAE. VOL. 40(5):1441-1447. (doi: 10.13031/2013.21378) @1997
Authors:   K. G. Gebremedhin, H. Ni, P. E. Hillman
Keywords:   Solar irradiation, Hair coat, Fur layer, Animal, Heat gain, Heat flow, Flux

Heat flux (W/cm2) through irradiated fur layer is dependent, to a great extent, upon a reasonable description of the solar energy absorbed within the medium and reflected from it. A model that predicts the temperature profile and heat flux through irradiated fur was developed. The method incorporates thermophysical and optical (individual and bulk) properties of the fur layer. For the no wind assumption considered in this study, temperature within the hair coat was higher than that of the assumed skin surface, and coverage by a black hair coat resulted in higher heat load at the skin surface than that by a white hair coat.

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