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POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF VIRTUAL ENGINEERING TO SWINE PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium, 18-20 May 2005 (Beijing, China) Publication Date 18 May 2005 701P0205.(doi:10.13031/2013.18345)
Authors: J. S. Hynek, K. M. Bryden, and T. L. Richard
Keywords: Air pollution, air quality, animal health, animal housing, animal welfare, building design, CFD, computational fluid dynamics, computer simulation, emissions, housing, swine production systems, hoop structures, livestock environment, virtual reality, virtual engineering, odor, mitigation, dispersion, abatement, pig housing, models, modeling
Over the past century livestock housing facilities have evolved from traditional wooden barns to
engineered structures made of plastic and steel. Although building materials have changed
dramatically to match the needs of modern agriculture, the facility design process continues to
lag considerably with farmers and consultants developing and adapting designs based on rules of
thumb and past experience. Virtual Engineering tools are presented that couple computational
tools with building geometry in a virtual reality environment enabling a livestock production
specialist (farmer) to interactively alter the shape, size, operating conditions, or other
characteristics of the components within the proposed system and immediately see the impact of
these changes on his/her production operation.