Properties and cleanability of new and traditional surface materials in cattle barns - a field study

  • R. KUISMA
  • H-R. KYMÄLÄINEN
  • M. HELLSTEDT

Abstract

In this study surface properties and cleanability of new and traditional surface materials in cattle barns were examined in a field test. The concrete and plastic-coated samples were placed on a walking path on the floor and on a feeding table in a cattle barn. The surfaces were characterized using colorimetric and gloss measurements and determination of topography. In most cases, the colour of the surfaces placed on the floor darkened during the one year study period, whereas the colour changes of the samples placed on the feeding table did not show a similar trend. However, in both locations the plastic-coated surfaces were generally the easiest to clean, and the highest colour changes indicating soil residues were detected on the uncoated and silane-impregnated concrete surfaces. The difference between the locations was also seen in the gloss values, which increased in the samples placed on the floor during the one-year test period but varied considerably between the different materials on the surfaces placed on the feeding table. This field study confirmed the observation from earlier laboratory studies that plastic coatings improved the cleanability of concrete cattle barn surfaces. Silane impregnation was not functionally competitive with the plastic coatings. In general, the cleanability results were in accordance with the results of previous laboratory experiments but the field study provided practical information about the behaviour of the surface materials examined.;

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Published
Jan 3, 2008
How to Cite
KUISMA, R., KYMÄLÄINEN, H.-R., & HELLSTEDT, M. (2008). Properties and cleanability of new and traditional surface materials in cattle barns - a field study. Agricultural and Food Science, 17(3), 227-239. https://doi.org/10.2137/145960608786118839