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Evaluation and Optimization of a New Commercial Grain Chiller
Applied Engineering in Agriculture (1996)
  • Dirk E. Maier, Purdue University
  • Rodney A. Rulon, Purdue University
A prototype grain chiller was designed and built to evaluate its potential for commercialization. Testing resulted in optimization of the final design. Refrigeration was maximized and control over the chilled air conditions improved. Variability of the relative humidity of the outlet air was reduced from a range of 6.5 to 8.8 percentage points to 2.1 to 3.0 points. Outlet temperatures were achieved within 2° of the set point temperature. The success of these tests has resulted in the commercialization of the first U.S.-built grain chiller.
  • Grain chilling,
  • Grain quality,
  • Optimization,
  • Crop storage,
  • Refrigeration,
  • Aeration
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Copyright 1996 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Used with permission.
Citation Information
Dirk E. Maier and Rodney A. Rulon. "Evaluation and Optimization of a New Commercial Grain Chiller" Applied Engineering in Agriculture Vol. 12 Iss. 6 (1996) p. 725 - 730 ISSN: 0883-8542
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