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Large Scale Application of Vibration Sensors for Fan Monitoring at Commercial Layer Hen Houses

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

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009472.(doi:10.13031/2013.31932)
Authors:   Yan Chen, Ji-Qin Ni, Claude A Diehl, Albert J Heber, Bill W Bogan, Li-Long Chai
Keywords:   Air quality, CAFO, measurement, ventilation, animal agriculture

Ventilation rate has been a critical factor in the determination of air pollutant emissions from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). In mechanically-ventilated animal buildings with a large number of fans, continuously monitoring the operation of each individual fan can significantly improve the measurement quality for comprehensive air pollutant emission studies such as the National Air Emission Monitoring Study (NAEMS). To monitor the fan operation by detecting the vibration of the fan housing or cone is a newly developed technique. A low-cost electronic vibration sensor has been developed and commercialized for fan monitoring. However, the sensors large scale application has not yet been evaluated.

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