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Thermal analysis of a single-storey livestock barn


Hamilton, J and Negnevitsky, M and Wang, X, Thermal analysis of a single-storey livestock barn, Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 8, (4) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1687-8132 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1687814016643456


Theoretical thermal analysis of the barned livestock environment affords owners the opportunity to explore process efficiency, energy substitution and animal response ahead of costly and time-consuming field trials. In this article, a thermodynamic model is developed and experimentally validated against a homogeneous, cage-free, single-storey broiler barn. The simulation predictions agree well with the experimental results. The average root mean square error is 5.8% for the temperature prediction and 6.3% for the humidity prediction. The model further allows assessment of heating and ventilation efficiency, demonstrating the significant energy savings available to insulated barned structures, with such efficiency measures recommended ahead of any consideration for energy substitution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:heating and/or air conditioning system, energy conservation, thermal analysis, system modelling, livestock, poultry
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical engineering
Research Field:Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable energy activities
Objective Field:Management of gaseous waste from energy activities (excl. greenhouse gases)
UTAS Author:Hamilton, J (Mr James Hamilton)
UTAS Author:Negnevitsky, M (Professor Michael Negnevitsky)
UTAS Author:Wang, X (Professor Xiaolin Wang)
ID Code:109506
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-06-20
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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