University of Florida

ABE 5332
Advanced Agricultural Structures

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Design criteria and analysis techniques for agricultural structures including structural and analysis, thermal analysis, air and moisture relationships (psychrometrics), environmental modification and control, and plant and animal environmental physiology.



Course Objectives

Students will learn how to design and apply engineering principles to the design and analysis of structures used for agricultural and biological production.


Dr. Ray Bucklin
Phone 352-392-1864 ext 169

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


None. Supplementary supporting material will be provided by the instructor.

Outside Readings

  1. Albright, L. D. 1990. Environmental Control for Animals and Plants American Society of Agricultural Engineers. St Joseph, MI.
  2. ASAE. 2004. ASAE Standards 2004. American Society of Agricultural Engineers. St Joseph, MI.
  3. ASHRAE. 2001. Handbook of Fundamentals, SI Edition. American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. Atlanta, GA.
  4. Clark, J. A. 1981. Environmental Aspects of Housing for Animal Production. Butterworths, London.
  5. Esmay, M. I. And J. E. Dixon. 1986. Environmental Control for Agricultural Buildings. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY.
  6. Evans, L. T. 1963. Environmental Control of Plant Growth. Academic Press, New York, NY.
  7. Hoyle, R. J. and F. E. Woeste. 1989. Wood Technology in the Design of Strictures. Iowa State Press. Ames, IA.
  8. Ingram, D. L. and L. E. Mount. 1975. Man and Animals in Hot Environments. Springer Verlag, New York, NY.
  9. Monteith, J. L. and L. E. Mount. 1974. Heat Loss from Animals and Man. Butterworths, London.
  10. MWPS. 1983. Structures and Environment Handbook. 11th Ed. Midwest Plan Service. Ames, IA.
  11. Walker, J. N. and M. A. Helickson. 1983. Ventilation of Agricultural Structures. American Society of Agricultural Engineers. St Joseph, MI.
  12. Watson, D. and K. Labs. 1983. Climatic Design. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.
  13. Yeck, R. G. 1971. A Guide to Environmental Research on Animals. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

Other readings provided by the instructor depending on specific topics included in the course.

Course Outline

Course content varies depending on background of students. Topics that may be covered include:

  • Environmental control systems
  • Instrumentation for monitoring plant and animal environment and response
  • Psychological response of plants and animals to thermal stressors
  • Psychological activity and production efficiency of plants and animals as affected by shelter design, configuration and orientation
  • Modeling of plant and animal environmental systems
  • Cold protection of plants
  • Cooling and ventilation systems
  • Design of housing systems for plant and animal production
  • Design of structures for agricultural production in hot, humid climates
  • Energy efficiency
  • Storage and handling of bulk materials
  • Design of tension structures
  • Design of light frame structures
  • Wood design
  • Concrete design
  • Steel design

Projects and Assignments

Students will be responsible for projects in their area of interest during the semester and for a final semester project . These projects may be individual or group.



A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
E <60

70% of the grade will be based on class presentations

30% of the grade will be based on a final project

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

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It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

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Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

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