Airborne and settled dust levels in a swine house

Ronaldo G. Maghirang, Manuel C. Puma

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Airborne (total and respirable) and settled dust levels were measured for 13 sampling days during a six-week production period in a swine nursery house. Dust samples were collected for 24 hours during each sampling day at three sampling locations along the center alley of the test house. Outside air temperatures ranged from 14°F to 59°F (-10°C to 15°C). Total dust mass concentrations ranged from 0.62 to 2.61 mg/m3. Respirable dust mass concentrations ranged from 0.06 to 0.36 mg/m3. Dust deposition rates varied from 41.8 to 173.9 mg/m2·h. Carbon dioxide concentrations ranged from 400 to 3,650 ppm. Ammonia concentration was negligible (<2 pm by volume). No significant difference was observed among the three sampling locations in total dust mass concentration, respirable dust mass concentration, and dust deposition rate. The day-to-day variability in concentrations and in particle size distribution was large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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