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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1954. Department of Agricultural Engineering.


Copyright 1954, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is to (1) determine a practical method for conditioning grain for storage; (2) establish structural and equipment requirements of a system for applying the determined method to general farm use; and (3) establish an operating procedure for use of the conditioning system as developed.

It is apparent that conditioning of grain for storage might be accomplished by forced circulation of air through the grain, using either heated air, under any climatic conditions, or unheated air, under favorable climatic conditions.For the method to be proposed and furthered in this study, it was decided that:

  1. Drying would be done with forced circulation of unheated air.

  2. Drying would be done after grain was put into storage bins.

The results of these tests offer a definite proof that grain can be properly conditioned for safe storage by drying with unheated forced air, as long as given in the Conclusions of this paper are met. However, the conditions listed may not be, and very probably are not, the only conditions for safe drying of grain with unheated air.

Advisor:L. W. Hurlbut