Regional variation in temperature humidity index for poultry housing

R. S. Gates, H. Zhang, D. G. Colliver, D. G. Overhults

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A building thermal model was used to compute hourly values of temperature humidity index (THI) for a broiler house with and without an evaporative misting system. Hourly summer time weather data for 238 U.S.A. locations covering 30 years were used to develop extreme occurrences of THI. Results were incorporated into a Geographical Information System (GIS) database to create isolines of THI and percentage of hours exceeding a heat stress threshold. Regional variations in misting as a suitable cooling technique are presented in terms of hours reduction in annual heat stress. The technique may be used for assisting in management decisions regarding poultry facilities housing design and siting, and with appropriate THI may be extended to other livestock production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-205
Number of pages9
JournalTransactions of the ASABE
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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