Effects of Stored Grain Bulk Properties on Airflow Distribution

This project is designed to develop models that can help to understand airflow, and airflow distribution inside grain bulks. The main focus is on the potential impact of zones of different permeability (as affected by loading methods, layering, amount of dockage, etc.) on airflow.

  • Term:  3 year, beginning 2019

  • Funding Amount: $ 169,050

  • Lead Researcher(s): Dr. Hubert Landry (PAMI -Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, SK)

  • Funding Partners: N/A

Project Description

This project is designed to develop models that can help to understand airflow, and airflow distribution inside grain bulks. The main focus is on the potential impact of zones of different permeability (as affected by loading methods, layering, amount of dockage, etc.) on airflow.

This research builds on the project funded by SWDC on impact of bin filling method on bulk density, and the current study will generate information to understand the sensitivity of airflow to variations in properties inside the stored grain; to understand the practical relationships between airflow distribution, bin size, variable grain properties; and the best management practices for aeration and drying. This information will support producers’ management decisions and contribute to preserve grain quality.