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Ventilation of small livestock trailers

By C.A. Gilkeson, M.C.T. Wilson, H.M. Thompson, P.H. Gaskell, R.H. Barnard, K.C. Hackett and D.H. Stewart

Abstract

A large number of livestock is transported to market in small box trailers. The welfare\ud of animals transported in this way is now assuming greater importance with the onset\ud of tougher EU legislation. This paper presents the first study into the ventilation of\ud small livestock trailers using experimental and computational methods. Wind tunnel\ud studies, using a 1/7th scale model, highlight the important influence of the towing\ud vehicle and trailer design on the airflow within the trailer. Detailed CFD analysis\ud agrees well with the wind tunnel data and offers the ability to assess the impact of\ud design changes

Publisher: MIRA
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3770

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