Computational Fluid Dynamics to Design Future Dairy Housing
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed computational fluid dynamics models that can provide a clear picture of how new dairy housing barns—designed for ventilation and cow comfort—will perform in real-life settings. These state-of-the-art modeling tools accomplish their task much more cheaply and quickly than the current trial-and-error method because they enable engineers to evaluate a proposed ventilation system before it is installed. To validate the models’ reliability, the researchers, working in collaboration with a group of commercial dairy farmers, conducted a series of coordinated computational and experimental studies.
NIFA supports this research through Hatch Act Funds.
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