Variable output heater control for unvented heaters used in livestock housing

dc.contributor.advisor Hoff, Steve J.
dc.contributor.advisor Harmon, Jay
dc.contributor.author Van Utrecht, David Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2024-04-05T17:12:46Z
dc.date.available 2024-04-05T17:12:46Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.description.abstract Controlling temperatures in livestock buildings is critically important to ensure good health of the animal. Current housing systems utilize standard space heaters, with simple on/off control. This control scheme creates peaks and valleys in room temperatures as the thermostat seeks to maintain room temperature within a certain band around the set point. This process results in non-uniform temperatures in the barn, that depending on the pig age, could be a detriment to efficient growth. A typical unvented LP-gas space heater used in swine confinement buildings was modified to provide automated variable heat output. Initially, the unit had manually adjusted output settings between 50,000 and 100,000 BTU/hr. The heater was modified by adding a stepper motor to the proportioning valve to provide continuous and automated adjustment from 50,000 to 100,000 BTU/hr. Several experiments were conducted comparing animal occupied zone air velocities, room temperature uniformity, and fuel use of on/off control with automated variable control. The experiments were conducted in the Air Dispersion Laboratory at Iowa State University. Results indicate that adding automated variable valve control can significantly reduce temperature and air speed fluctuations in the building and consumes nearly the same amount of fuel as currently used onloff systems. Variable control reduced the difference between high and low temperatures by five degrees for a simulated nursery operated at 50 degrees F above ambient temperature. Variable control also maintained the average room temperature two degrees closer to the desired set point. Fuel consumption for this experiment was nearly identical. Results also indicate a need for heaters capable of continuous adjustment to a lower level.
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/aw4NWjnr
dc.language.iso en
dc.title Variable output heater control for unvented heaters used in livestock housing
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.genre Thesis
dspace.entity.type Publication
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thesis.degree.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
thesis.degree.discipline Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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