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Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon Aug 2019

Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon

Brett Ramirez

Seasonal variability attributed to heat stress (HS) has a large economic impact on the US swine industry by reducing daily gain and finishing market weights. Strategies to mitigate HS lack evidence showing effectiveness in different climates and have not been adequately controlled to provide a thermally optimum environment for pigs. Hence, the goal of this study was to describe the initial experimental design and instrumentation as well as develop innovative control algorithms for operating evaporative pads (EPs) and sprinklers. Located in northeast Iowa, a four room (~1,875 head per room) grow-finish facility featured side-by-side rooms separated by a hallway ...


Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon Aug 2019

Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon

Jay D. Harmon

Seasonal variability attributed to heat stress (HS) has a large economic impact on the US swine industry by reducing daily gain and finishing market weights. Strategies to mitigate HS lack evidence showing effectiveness in different climates and have not been adequately controlled to provide a thermally optimum environment for pigs. Hence, the goal of this study was to describe the initial experimental design and instrumentation as well as develop innovative control algorithms for operating evaporative pads (EPs) and sprinklers. Located in northeast Iowa, a four room (~1,875 head per room) grow-finish facility featured side-by-side rooms separated by a hallway ...


Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon Aug 2019

Control Algorithm Development And Simulation For Comparing Evaporative Pads And Sprinklers For Grow-Finish Pigs, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon

Steven J. Hoff

Seasonal variability attributed to heat stress (HS) has a large economic impact on the US swine industry by reducing daily gain and finishing market weights. Strategies to mitigate HS lack evidence showing effectiveness in different climates and have not been adequately controlled to provide a thermally optimum environment for pigs. Hence, the goal of this study was to describe the initial experimental design and instrumentation as well as develop innovative control algorithms for operating evaporative pads (EPs) and sprinklers. Located in northeast Iowa, a four room (~1,875 head per room) grow-finish facility featured side-by-side rooms separated by a hallway ...


Climate Dependent Heat Stress Mitigation Modeling For Dairy Cattle Housing, Katlyn R. Devoe, Steven J. Hoff, Brett C. Ramirez, Lance H. Baumgard Aug 2019

Climate Dependent Heat Stress Mitigation Modeling For Dairy Cattle Housing, Katlyn R. Devoe, Steven J. Hoff, Brett C. Ramirez, Lance H. Baumgard

Brett Ramirez

Dairy cattle are susceptible to heat stress with reported milk production loss exceeding 1.2 billion dollars in 2010. Heat stress occurs when the local thermal environment prevents adequate dissipation of metabolic heat production over extended periods. Implementing mitigation strategies in order to reduce heat stress has been a crucial need as dairy housing has transitioned from pasture to indoor housing systems. In order to maximize production, producers need the most effective cooling system to reduce heat stress. A heat stress mitigation model was developed using TMY3 data sets as inputs. The objectives of this research were to: (i) analyze ...


A Novel Approach To Measure, Understand, And Assess The Thermal Environment In Grow-Finish Swine Facilities, Brett Carlos Ramirez Aug 2019

A Novel Approach To Measure, Understand, And Assess The Thermal Environment In Grow-Finish Swine Facilities, Brett Carlos Ramirez

Brett Ramirez

The thermal environment (TE) inside swine production systems substantially affects animal performance as well as facility natural resource usage; hence, our measurement, understanding, and assessment of the TE must be advanced to sustainably meet the animal-protein demand of the growing global population. The TE describes the parameters that influence heat exchange between an animal and its surroundings, with maximum animal performance achieved when minimal thermoregulatory effort is required. Instrumentation and analysis techniques connecting the impact of the TE on total heat loss and subsequently, to animal performance in intensive housing systems are limited. Therefore, the goals of this dissertation research ...


Development And Evaluation Of An Evaporation Model For Predicting Sprinkler Interval Time, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, John F. Patience Aug 2019

Development And Evaluation Of An Evaporation Model For Predicting Sprinkler Interval Time, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, John F. Patience

Brett Ramirez

Heat stress in swine causes decreased productivity and economic losses; hence, heat stress mitigation techniques must be developed to be economically and resource efficient. Current cooling strategies for livestock facilities, such as evaporative coolers or sprinklers, are governed by the Water Vapor Pressure (WVP) concentration gradient between the air (a function of dry-bulb temperature; tdb, Relative Humidity; RH, and atmospheric pressure) and the saturated WVP at the wet surface. Traditional sprinkler control systems operate at fixed ‘off’ intervals (i.e., drying) regardless if the thermal environment (TE) has the capacity or not to evaporate the dispersed water. Therefore, the objectives ...


Impact Based Odor Control System, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff Aug 2019

Impact Based Odor Control System, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff

Brett Ramirez

Biofilters are an effective and economically feasible technique for mitigating odor and other gaseous emissions from livestock production systems. They consist of a media containing a biofilm, where microorganisms break down compounds in livestock building exhaust air into energy and nutrients for growth and reproduction. In addition to capital costs, continuous filtering of exhaust air from mechanically ventilated buildings can be expensive and not always required, if odor is considered nuisance; thus, an automated control system was designed to filter odorous air when surrounding neighbors are most likely to be impacted and bypass the biofilter when odor impact potential is ...


Commissioning Of A Segmented Wand For Evaluating Airflow Performance Of Fans In Livestock And Poultry Housing, Katlyn R. Devoe, Steven J. Hoff, Yun Gao, Brett C. Ramirez Aug 2019

Commissioning Of A Segmented Wand For Evaluating Airflow Performance Of Fans In Livestock And Poultry Housing, Katlyn R. Devoe, Steven J. Hoff, Yun Gao, Brett C. Ramirez

Brett Ramirez

Ventilation rate estimates play an important role in evaluating the thermal environment and determining emission rates from livestock and poultry housing. Currently, the standard method to measure in situ ventilation rates is the Fan Assessment Numeration System (FANS). A similar sensing system is needed for extension personnel that eliminates the labor and set-up requirements of FANS. In order to efficiently and cost-effectively estimate ventilation rates, a Segmented Wand for Evaluating Airflow Performance (SWEAP) was developed. The objectives of this research were to: (i) design and construct a hand-held device capable of measuring in situ fan intake flowrate, (ii) evaluate SWEAP ...


Functional Performance Evaluation Of A Novel Thermal Environment Sensor Array, Brett C. Ramirez, Y. Gao, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon Aug 2019

Functional Performance Evaluation Of A Novel Thermal Environment Sensor Array, Brett C. Ramirez, Y. Gao, Steven J. Hoff, Jay D. Harmon

Brett Ramirez

The thermal environment (TE) inside livestock and poultry facilities has a substantial impact on animal growth performance and facility energy usage; therefore, the TE must be quantified correctly to maintain the optimal TE that maximizes feed efficiency and consumes minimal resources. To achieve this goal, a TE sensor array (TESA) and accompanying data acquisition system were previously developed to measure dry-bulb temperature (tdb), black globe temperature, airspeed, and relative humidity (RH). While measurement of each parameter is useful individually, it is more informative when they are combined to estimate and assess the total impact that the TE has on an ...


Thermal Environment Performance And Uniformity Assessment For A Novel Swine Breeding And Gestation Facility, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff Aug 2019

Thermal Environment Performance And Uniformity Assessment For A Novel Swine Breeding And Gestation Facility, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff

Brett Ramirez

The Thermal Environment (TE) inside swine facilities has a substantial impact on animal performance and facility energy usage; therefore, proper control and measurement are required to maintain the optimal TE that maximizes performance and consumes minimal energy. Currently, controllers only monitor and describe the TE with dry-bulb temperature (tdb); however, tdb does not account for all the factors that influence the TE. Therefore, a novel Thermal Environment Sensor Array (TESA) network and accompanying data acquisition systems were developed for a preliminary investigation inside a commercial, ~800 hd, positive pressure ventilated, filtered breeding facility located in central Iowa. Data from the ...


Thermal Environment Assessment And Controller Performance Comparison For A Wean-Finish Barn, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff Aug 2019

Thermal Environment Assessment And Controller Performance Comparison For A Wean-Finish Barn, Jay D. Harmon, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff

Brett Ramirez

The thermal environment (TE) inside swine facilities has a substantial impact on animal growth performance and facility energy usage; therefore, proper control and measurement are required to maintain the optimal TE that maximizes feed efficiency and consumes minimal resources. An inexpensive and novel network of 44 thermal environment sensor arrays (TESAs) capable of capturing the spatial and temporal distribution of the TE were deployed in August 2016 inside a two-room (designated as North; N and South; S), wean-finish barn (~1200 hd and 22 TESAs per room) and placed about 1.8 m above the slatted floor. All TESAs simultaneously measured ...


Design And Feasibility Of An Impact-Based Odor Control System, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Lun Tong Aug 2019

Design And Feasibility Of An Impact-Based Odor Control System, Brett C. Ramirez, Steven J. Hoff, Lun Tong

Brett Ramirez

Legislation and rural communities are increasingly requesting reductions in odor emitted from swine production facilities. If odor is regarded solely as a nuisance, and not an environmental hazard (as in this research), such that the objective of treating ventilation exhaust air is to prevent odor from impacting nearby receptors, it is unnecessary to treat exhaust air when dispersed odor is not identifiable. This approach maximizes odor reduction potential when most needed, with economic benefit through decreased energy and resource usage by simply operating the mitigation device for less time. The objectives of this article were: to develop an on-off, real-time ...


Innovative Schematic Concept Analysis For A Space Suit Portable Life Support Subsystem, M. Schuller, R. Kobrick, T. Lalk, L. Wiseman, F. Little, Et Al. May 2019

Innovative Schematic Concept Analysis For A Space Suit Portable Life Support Subsystem, M. Schuller, R. Kobrick, T. Lalk, L. Wiseman, F. Little, Et Al.

Ryan L. Kobrick

Conceptual designs for a space suit Personal Life Support Subsystem (PLSS) were developed and assessed to determine if upgrading the system using new, emerging, or projected technologies to fulfill basic functions would result in mass, volume, or performance improvements. Technologies were identified to satisfy each of the functions of the PLSS in three environments (zero-g, Lunar, and Martian) and in three time frames (2006, 2010, and 2020). The viability of candidate technologies was evaluated using evaluation criteria such as safety, technology readiness, and reliability. System concepts (schematics) were developed for combinations of time frame and environment by assigning specific technologies ...


Space Suit Concepts And Vehicle Interfaces For The Constellation Program, D. M. Klaus, J. Metts, R. Kobrick, M. Mesloh, T. Monk, Et Al. May 2019

Space Suit Concepts And Vehicle Interfaces For The Constellation Program, D. M. Klaus, J. Metts, R. Kobrick, M. Mesloh, T. Monk, Et Al.

Ryan L. Kobrick

In carrying out NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration, a number of different environments will be encountered that will require the crew to wear a protective space suit. Specifically, four suited mission phases are identified as Launch, Entry & Abort profiles, Contingency 0g (orbital) Extravehicular Activity (EVA), Lunar Surface EVA and Martian Surface EVA. This study presents conceptual design solutions based on a previous architecture assessment that defined space suit operational requirements for four proposed space suit configuration options. In addition, a subset of vehicle interface requirements are defined for enabling umbilical and physical connections between the suits and the various ...


Cuffed Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes, Jennifer Nutter, Emmanuela Oppong, Colleen Pouliot Mar 2019

Cuffed Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes, Jennifer Nutter, Emmanuela Oppong, Colleen Pouliot

Honors Theses

Endotracheal tubes (ET) are used to provide patients with an adequate airway when they are unable to breathe on their own. ET tubes can be used in emergency situations, surgical procedures, and on-floor intubations. The two main types of ET tubes are cuffed and uncuffed. Due to the fragile structure of a child's throat, uncuffed tubes are primarily used in pediatric patients. Uncuffed tubes can slip out of place resulting in air leakage and improper oxygenation. In contrast, cuffed ET tubes provide a proper seal to the airway and prevent against aspiration. The following work proposes an improved design ...


The Second Wind, Jacob Heiss, Logan Neidert Jan 2019

The Second Wind, Jacob Heiss, Logan Neidert

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

The Second Wind device is a set of sensors and a data processing unit capable of recording data necessary to conduct a simplified version of a complex cardiopulmonary stress test (CPET). This data includes VO2, VCO2, ventilation, and pulse oximetry data. VO2 and VCO2 are the percent, by volume, of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the patient's breath, spirometry is the measure of air flow, and the pulse oximetry data includes heart rate (HR) and percent oxygen in the blood (SpO2). In addition, the device was designed to be portable, so this test could be run from patients’ homes ...


Investigating Blast Fume Propagation, Concentration And Clearance In Underground Mines Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd), Raymond Ninnang Tiile Jan 2019

Investigating Blast Fume Propagation, Concentration And Clearance In Underground Mines Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (Cfd), Raymond Ninnang Tiile

Doctoral Dissertations

"Blasting activities using standard industry explosives is an essential component of underground hard rock mining operations. Blasting operations result in the release of noxious gases, presenting both safety and productivity threats. Overestimation of post-blast re-entry time results in production losses, while underestimation leads to injuries and fatalities. Research shows that most underground mines simply standardize post-blast re-entry times based on experiences and observations. Few underground mines use theoretical methods for calculating post-blast re-entry time. These theoretical methods, however, are unable to account for the variations in the blasting conditions. Literature review shows that: (i) there is currently no means of ...