Ventilation Research

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High Tunnels 
Some Tennessee nursery farmers use what are called “high tunnel” greenhouses – an inexpensive way to protect crops from temperatures that are either too hot or cold.


Recent Publications

Mechanical Ventilation: Making it work for you Eckelkamp, E., J. M. Bewley, and J. Taraba.  2019.  UT Extension Publication, W 836.

The Effect of Road Intersection Angle on Ventilation: Urban Wind Corridor Simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamic Software Ross, M. K., M. Kouhirostami, and M. Kouhirostamkolaei.  2019.  2019 Book of Accepted Abstracts ACSP Annual Conference October 24-27, 2019. [Abstract]

Neural models to predict temperature and natural ventilation in a high tunnel.  Zheng, M., B. G. Leib, W. C. Wright, and P. D. Ayers.  2019.  Transactions of ASABE, 62(3): 761-769.

Natural ventilation models and production management in an experimental high tunnel.  Zheng, M., B. G. Leib, D. M. Butler, P. D. Ayers, and D. G. Hayes.  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Modeling energy balance and airflow characteristics in a naturally ventilated high tunnel Zheng, M., B. G. Leib, D. M. Butler, W. C. Wright, P. D. Ayers, and D. G. Hayes.  2017.  Transactions of the ASABE, 60(5): 1683-1697 (doi: 10.13031/trans.12080). [Abstract]

Energy conservation for organic high tunnel production through rain water utilization, ventilation management, soil mulches and cover crops.  Leib, B. G., D. M. Butler, M. Zheng, M. Muchoki, T. Grant, and W. C. Wright.  2016.  Abstract and Presentation at Soil & Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, July 24-27, 2016.

Energy balance models for natural ventilation efficiency in an experimental high tunnel.  Zheng, M., B. G. Leib, W. C. Wright, P. Vanchiasong, A. Haghverdi, and T. Grant.  2015.  ASABE Annual International Meeting, July 26-29, 2015, New Orleans, LA.

Recent Advancements in Tobacco Production and Composition in Tennessee and Kentucky.  Walker, E. R., A. M. Jack, L. P. Bush, H. Ji, W. A. Bailey, C. Fisher, R. D. Miller, R. C. Pearce, H. P. Denton, R. L. Ellis, and B. D. Sims.  2014.  2014 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting. [Abstract]

Comparison of Ammonia Emissions from Poultry Houses Based on Diurnal Integration vs. Means of Gas Concentration and Building Ventilation Rate.  Chen, Y., H. Xin, T. Shepherd, M. Hayes, J. Stinn, R. T. Burns, R. Gates, and H. Dong.  2012.  Proceedings of the 2012 ASABE International Livestock Environment Symposium, 7-8-2012. Valencia, Spain. St. Joseph Michigan ASABE. ASAE Pub #ILES12-0965.

Calf Barn Ventilation Plan for Sam Langford (96 Calves).  Grandle, G. F.  2004.  UT Extension Plan No. T1219.

Greenhouse Heating and Ventilation Requirements.  Buschermohle, M. J.  2001.  Chapter 5 Burley Tobacco Production in Tennessee 2001. PB 1657. Agricultural Extension Service, The University of Tennessee.

Cold Weather Gas Level Measurements in Swine Houses with and without Pit Ventilation.  McKinney, D. B, and L. R. Wilhelm.  1998.  Paper No. 984075. Presented at the 1998 International Meeting of ASAE, Orlando, FL. July 11-16, 1998.