Keywords: cooling load, heating load, livestock buildings, energy efficiency, dimension analysis


Pig farming is a sector of animal husbandry, the development of which is great attention. The pork market occupies a large share in the trade in animal products. In the conditions of they do competition more efforts are made to improve the quality and reduce the cost of production. To achieve this goal, work is being done in several areas – development and expansion of the gene pool, improvement of the living environment in the premises for animal husbandry, reduction of energy costs. Along with the development of feeding technologies, it is necessary to create a suitable microclimate in the premises, in which the animals to realize their productive potential, which in turn is directly related to the use of heating and cooling systems. The design of these systems for both existing and new buildings is carried out according to generally accepted methodologies, which in turn require time for calculation and use of specialized software. The methodologies for determining the loads for heating and cooling of livestock buildings, in accordance with the current legislation in the Republic of Bulgaria, are compared with a new method proposed in this publication. The possibility to consider a livestock building from the point of view of the theory of heat exchange allows the use of the basic differential equations describing the dynamic interaction of the building with the environment. This description would be complete and complex to implement. Therefore, the method of dimensional analysis is used, which is based on generalized indicators, when fulfilling certain criteria of similarity. The aim of the new methodology is to shorten the design time and allow the rapid sizing of heating and cooling systems in livestock buildings. In developing the new methodology, the task was the proposed new approach to summarize the interaction of all physical parameters affecting the heat exchange between the building and the surrounding air, allowing to take into account changes in external (air temperature, wind speed, solar radiation intensity) and internal factors (heat given off by farm animals, lighting, process equipment and processes) affecting the heat exchange between the building and the ambient air


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Konstantin Kostov, Technical University of Sofia

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Thermal Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Pedagogy of Sliven

Ivan Ivanov, Technical University of Sofia

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Thermal Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Pedagogy of Sliven

Koycho Atanasov, Technical University of Sofia

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Thermal Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Pedagogy of Sliven


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