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Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS) Design and Calibration Specifications

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

Citation:  Paper number  024124,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.9383) @2002
Authors:   R. S. Gates, J. D. Simmons, K. D. Casey, T. J. Greis, H. Xin, E. F. Wheeler, C. L. King and J. R. Barnett
Keywords:   Airflow, Controlled Environment, Livestock Housing, Ventilation, Instrumentation

A device for in-situ fan airflow measurement, called the Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS) device, previously developed and constructed at the USDA-ARS Southern Poultry Research Laboratory, was refined at University of Kentucky as part of a project for quantifying building emissions from poultry and livestock operations. The FANS incorporates an array of five propeller anemometers to perform a real-time traverse of the air flow entering fans of up to 137 cm (54 in) diameter. Details of the updated design, including hardware, software, and calibration methodology are presented. An error analysis of the flow rate, and calibration results from ten units recently manufactured, is provided. Sufficient details of fabrication and calibration are presented so that interested readers can replicate a FANS for their use. Full design details are provided at

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