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Temperature and Humidity Profiles of Broiler Houses with Experimental Conventional and Tunnel Ventilation Systems

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

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 10(4): 535-542. (doi: 10.13031/2013.25883) @1994
Authors:   H. Xin, I. L. Berry, G. T. Tabler, T. L. Barton
Keywords:   Broiler, Temperature, Humidity, Conventional ventilation, Tunnel ventilation

This article describes the spatial and diurnal patterns of air temperature and relative humidity (RH) in commercial-scale broiler houses (12 ¥ 122 m, 40 ¥ 400 ft) using experimental conventional and tunnel heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. The experimental broiler houses used 76-cm (2.5-ft) side curtains and combined mechanical and natural ventilation. Heating was provided by propane brooders and space furnaces. Cooling was accomplished with side-mounted cooling fans and misting nozzles in the conventional houses, but with fans and evaporative cooling pads in the tunnel houses. Interior mixing fans, arranged to circulate air in a “racetrack” fashion, were used in the tunnel houses.

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