PC-based data acquisition for a solid substrate cultivation deep bed reactor

Mari S. Chinn, Sue E. Nokes, Richard S. Gates

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This work describes an instrumentation and data acquisition system designed for a deep bed reactor used to cultivate Trichoderma longibrachiatum on wheat bran. The system allowed on-line measurements of substrate temperature, oxygen concentration within the reactor headspace, relative humidity and temperature of the inlet air, and inlet airflow rates while maintaining aseptic conditions and without disturbing the cultivation process. An error analysis for the instrumentation and data acquisition equipment was completed and provided insight into the reliability of the sensor readings. The collected data provided quantitative information about the reactor system dynamics which can be used to evaluate and apply environmental control schemes, gain knowledge on microbial growth characteristics, and develop and validate mathematical models describing heat and mass transfer interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-245
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Engineering in Agriculture
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Deep bed reactor
  • Error analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Solid substrate cultivation
  • Trichoderma longibrachiatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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