sprinkler_system_for_piggeryThere are many pig farming cooling equipment and one of these is the evaporative cooling equipment. Evaporative cooling is to relieve heat stress conditions in swine production and it has two different types. One is direct evaporative cooling, using sprinklers to wet pigs to realize a cooling effect; the other is indirect evaporative cooling, using evaporative cooling pads to reduce incoming air temperature to produce cooling. Both cooling types can be effective ways in reducing heat stress for pigs, taking water evaporation as the cooling process by changing water from a liquid state to a vapor state.

Water evaporating from the warm surface of an object will cool the object. This process is called direct evaporative cooling. Indirect cooling is accomplished by evaporating water into the air to reduce the air temp. If sprinklers are used, the water evaporating from the pig’s skin cools the pig because energy is removed from the pig to evaporate the water. About 1050 BTUs of energy is absorbed from a pig for every pond of water that evaporates from the pig’s skin surface. In order to make evaporation easily occur, air movement over the pig should be significant, and the building must be well-ventilated to remove the moisture that is being evaporated.

Indirect cooling is typically accomplished in swine facilities through the use of evaporative cooling pads. As air is drawn through wet cooling pads, water is evaporated into the air causing the temp to be reduced while increasing the air moisture level. The increased moisture level in the air will eventually limit the amount of indirect cooling that is possible in any given situation. One measure of the air moisture level is relative humidity. Relative humidity is defined as the percent saturation of air at a given air temp. During the indirect cooling process, the air temperature inside an evaporative cooling pad will reduce until relative humidity reaches about 85%. Air leaving the cooling pad will be cooler than the outside air and have relative humidity at approximately 85%.

If you are located in a humid region, indirect cooling is beneficial to consider. During stable weather patterns, the outside moisture level typically remains fairly constant throughout the day, and the air temp will typically increase during the day and decrease in the evening. As the air temp rises during the day, the relative humidity will decrease even though the actual moisture level in the air remains constant. So during the hottest portion of the day, the outside relative humidity will probably be at a level (often below 60% in the afternoon) that operating an indirect evaporative cooling system will be beneficial in reducing heat stress. If you are in a region where the relative humidity actually does stay high all the time, the use of direct evaporative cooling should still be capable of providing heat stress relief as long as the relative humidity stays below 100%.

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