Effective airflow to control temperature and remove excess humidity from growing environments helps maintain ideal and repeatable growing conditions essential for quality crops, productivity, and profitability. Indoor farms are engineered for specific plantings, and this includes climate management systems with airflow and humidity sensing as well as irrigation and lighting systems. The cultivator must carefully control all aspects of the growing process in order to achieve consistent, quality crops and to protect plants from undesirable influences such as mold, mildew and other fungal disease.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting all of us. As the world works toward reopening, simulation is one of the strategies being used to understand ventilation systems and how aerosols and droplets propagate. This allows managers of indoor (and outdoor) spaces such as offices, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, and lecture halls to better prepare and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
We are not alone in our support of the use of airflow management tools for engineering controls, as well as airflow visualization products to verify airflow patterns and identify turbulence in indoor environments such as restaurants, classrooms, and manufacturing facilities. FDA guidance discusses the importance of clean areas for drug product quality and includes recommendations for measuring air velocity, as well as in situ air pattern analysis at critical product areas.
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