Two adjacent peanut storages, one mechanically ventilated and one naturally ventilated were instrumented to monitor overspace air temperatures midway between the peanuts and the roof at 2-hour intervals from mid-October through March. Overspace relative humidity measurements were recorded for each storage between the peanuts and the roof ridge.
Data were analyzed at bimonthly intervals for 11 periods. There were no differences between east and west side overspace temperatures or roof surface temperatures in the naturally ventilated storage during any given period. The mechanically ventilated storage had differences in overspace air and roof surface temperatures in some of the periods. Overspace air and roof surface temperatures were more uniform in the naturally ventilated storage, whereas the east side overspace air and roof surface temperatures were lower in the mechanically ventilated storage. Relative humidities were approximately the same throughout the test for both storages except for being higher in the naturally ventilated storage during the first and second periods and lower during the last period. The mechanically ventilated storage had less condensation potential during early storage than the naturally ventilated storage, but this trend reversed after the first 3 periods of storage.
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Keywords: peanuts, Storage, warehouse, Temperature, relative humidity, ventilation
How to Cite:
Smith, J. & Davidson, J. & Sanders, T. & Cole, R.,
(1984) “Overspace Environment in Mechanically and Naturally Ventilated Peanut Storages”,
Peanut Science 11(1),
01 Jan 1984