The effect of air flow on drying fodder on drying systems

Authors

  • Janez BENEDIČIČ assistant professor, Slovenia
  • Rajko BERNIK University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Agronomy Department, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2019.114.1.1

Keywords:

air flow, drying fodder, drying system, energy, water extracted

Abstract

Drying grass fodder in Europe’s Alpine countries is becoming increasingly important due to positive effects on the fatty acid composition of milk. A proper approach and technology of fodder drying can raise its quality to the level of grass silage. In principle, drying fodder means extracting water from fodder by means of ventilation – the air, the key to the speed of drying. Besides low relative air humidity, its flow rate through the fodder is also important. In the literature, the lower- and upper-bound limits of air flow rates can be found, with a difference of 85 % between the two. The article describes a test, measuring energy consumption and the efficiency of drying at a low air flow, often used in practice, and a high air flow. It was found that a high air flow results in 38 % higher energy consumption per kilogramme of extracted water, compared to a low air flow. The executed test has proved that drying at a higher air flow will not have a proportionally greater effect.

Author Biography

  • Janez BENEDIČIČ, assistant professor, Slovenia

    University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

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Published

8. 10. 2019

Issue

Section

Agronomy section

How to Cite

BENEDIČIČ, J., & BERNIK, R. (2019). The effect of air flow on drying fodder on drying systems. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 114(1), 5–11. https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2019.114.1.1

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