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  1. Lawn and Garden

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    The most effective strategy for controlling pests in your lawn and garden may be to combine methods in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management. See videos and find tips for implementing IPM at your residence.

  2. Croquet and lawn bowls

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    Croquet Club

    2010-01-01

    The club is looking for new members. Why not try a new sport this summer? Croquet is a game of skill, where accuracy and tactics are equally important. It is good fun and Social Nights on Mondays, ending with a bbq, are very popular. We organise internal tournaments and our top players compete in European and World championships. Coaching is offered in both the simpler golf croquet and the more tactical Association versions of the game, starting early May. We have two lawns and a clubhouse on the Prévessin site, with bar and barbecue. All playing equipment is provided. Lawn bowls is also played, mainly on Wednesday mornings.   For further information please contact: Croquet: Norman Eatough Email: norferga@orange.fr Tel. 0033 450 412187 Lawn bowls: Denis Hill Email: denis.hill@freesurf.ch Tél. 022 757 2556 Le club cherche de nouveaux membres. Pourquoi pas entamer un nouveau sport cet été? Un cours d’initiation au croquet est offert. ...

  3. The American lawn revisited: awareness education and culture as public policies toward sustainable lawn

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    Yaoqi Zhang; Bin Zheng; Ge Sun; Peilei Fan Fan

    2015-01-01

    Lawn has been used for landscaping, gardening, and beautification of homes and cities for a long time. The evolution of the lawn reflects important cultural and biophysical interactions between humans and nature. The American lawn, which was from Europe and has been a part of the American dream for home ownership and culture, has become an area going against nature for...

  4. Ecology of grazing lawns in Africa

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    Hempson, GP

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available rates of nitrogen cycling and of sodium levels to lawn maintenance. Grazer community composition and density has considerable significance to grazing lawn dynamics; not all grazers are adapted to foraging on short-grass swards, and differences in body...

  5. Music on the lawn 2011

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    2011-01-01

    As part of the Fete de la Musique 2011, the CERN MusiClub is organizing Music on the Lawn, an informal concert for Club musicians/bands. The event will take place from 14h00 to 20h00 on Saturday 25 June on the terrace of restaurant No. 1. This year 8 MusiClub bands will be performing… WOT Home Cookin’ Picture Flame DANGLERZ The Nearlies RISE A Drop of Red The Groovy Gang So put the date in your diaries and spend a sunny afternoon listening to some great live music (and unlike Paleo and Montreux it’s FREE!!!!) For more information on the CERN MusiClub see http://muzipod.free.fr/

  6. Can money buy green? Demographic and socioeconomic predictors of lawn-care expenditures and lawn greenness in urban residential areas

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    Weiqi Zhou; Austin Troy; J. Morgan Grove; Jennifer C. Jenkins

    2009-01-01

    It is increasingly important to understand how household characteristics influence lawn characteristics, as lawns play an important ecological role in human-dominated landscapes. This article investigates household and neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics as predictors of residential lawn-care expenditures and lawn greenness. The study area is the Gwynns Falls...

  7. Fatal lawn mower related projectile injury

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    Colville-Ebeling, Bonnie; Lynnerup, Niels; Banner, Jytte

    2014-01-01

    the operator or a bystander is impacted by an object mobilized from the grass by the rotating mower blades. This type of injury often leaves only modest external trauma, which increases the risk of overlooking an entry wound. In this paper we present a case of a fatal lawn mower related projectile injury which...

  8. Tetanus after blunt lawn mower trauma

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    Camilla Normand

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A patient presented with tetanus ten days after blunt trauma with a lawn mower. Our case describes the diagnosis and treatment of this patient with an infectious disease commonly seen in the developing world but rarely seen in the developed world.

  9. Status and Perspectives of the Researches on Lawn

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    HUA Luo; ZHENG Hai-jin; CAI Dian-xiong; ZHANG Jian-jun; WANG Xiao-bin; FAN Hai-rong

    2005-01-01

    There is a rapid development of lawn industry, however, the researches on lawn culture, maintenance and its mechanisms lag behind. Studies of drought-resistance, fertilization, management and maintenance of lawn are discussed in this paper Besides, problems with the research on lawn culture and its maintenance in China are also analyzed. For example, soil has been destroyed seriously by the production of wrapping sward, but the studies on turf medium are deficient. Besides, the maintenance and management of lawn have not a standard due to the shortage of studies on turf quality assessment;applications of high-technique to lawn sciences are inadequate too. The developing tendency of lawn research in China is suggested at the end of this paper to help for the further studies in this field.

  10. [Effects of sludge compost used as lawn medium on lawn growth and soil and water environment].

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    Jin, Shu-Quan; Zhou, Jin-Bo; Chen, Ruo-Xia; Lin, Bin; Wang, De-Yao

    2013-10-01

    To address effect of the sludge compost-containing medium on the growth of Manila lawn and environment quality, a pot experiment was conducted using six treatments based on contrasting sludge compost addition volume ratios in the soil system (i. e., 0% , 10% , 25% , 50% , 75% and 100%). The results indicated that the growth potential of Manila lawn was increased with increasing sludge compost addition volume ratio. The content of Hg in Manila plant was significantly positively correlated with that in the lawn medium. Although the contents of Cr, Cd and Hg in the lawn medium were synchronously increased with increasing sludge compost addition volume ratio in the soil system, their contents were all lower than the critical levels of third-class standard in the National Soil Environmental Quality Standard. The heavy metal and nitrate concentrations detected in percolating water were significantly positively correlated with those in the lawn medium, respectively. When the sludge compost addition volume ratio was more than 50% in this study, both heavy metal and nitrate concentrations in percolating water would exceed the maximum allowable levels of the National Groundwater Environment Quality Standard.

  11. Lawn mower-related injuries to children.

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    Vollman, David; Khosla, Kimberly; Shields, Brenda J; Beeghly, B Christine; Bonsu, Bema; Smith, Gary A

    2005-09-01

    Despite current prevention efforts, approximately 9,400 children younger than 18 years continue to receive emergency care for lawn mower-related injuries each year in the United States. In this study, we analyzed data from a consecutive series of children treated for lawn mower-related injuries during a 53-consecutive-month period in the emergency department of a large, academic children's hospital. The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology of lawn mower-related injuries to these children and to investigate the beliefs of parents regarding lawn mower use. There were 85 children treated for lawn mower-related injuries during the study period. The mean age was 7.6 years (SD, 4.3 years; median, 5 years), and 65% were boys. Thirty-four patients (40.0%) were admitted to the hospital, including 3 (3.5%) to the pediatric intensive care unit, and 30 (35.3%) required surgical intervention in the operating room. There were 25 children with lacerations (29.4%), 22 with fractures (25.9%), 18 with amputations (21.2%), and 10 with burns (11.8%). The most common body region injured was the lower extremity, accounting for 57.6% (49 of 85) of injuries, including 33 injuries (38.8%) to the foot/toe and 16 injuries (18.8%) to the leg. The hand/finger and head/neck regions each accounted for another 18.8% of injuries. The leading mechanism of injury was run-over/back-over (22.4%), followed by other blade contact (17.6%), thrown object (12.9%), burn (10.6%), and a fall off the mower (7.0%). Lacerations accounted for 68.8% (11 of 16) of injuries to the head/neck compared with 20.3% (14 of 69) to other body regions (p children 5 years of age or younger compared with 2.4% (1 of 42) of injuries to children older than 5 years of age (p = 0.02; RR, 8.79; 95% CI, 1.16 children. Parental education should promote compliance with the American Academy of Pediatrics policy recommendation that children should be at least 16 years old before operating a ride-on mower. Automatic

  12. Criteria of response of lawn grass to the environmental pollution

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    Y. V. Likholat

    2005-01-01

    Growth, physiological and biochemical criteria of reaction of the lawn grass on heavy metals influence are ascertained. Connection between levels of the heavy metals accumulation and changes of morphological parameters and activity of antioxidative protection enzymes of the plants is shown. Revealed specific features of lawn grasses stability to separate pollutants (heavy metals) action will be used for gardening industrial sites.

  13. Uptake and conversion of carbonyl sulfide in a lawn soil

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    Liu, Junfeng; Mu, Yujing; Geng, Chunmei; Yu, Yunbo; He, Hong; Zhang, Yuanhang

    Carbonyl sulfide (COS) exchange fluxes between a lawn soil and the atmosphere as well as influencing factors (temperature and water content of soil) were investigated using a static cuvette. The optimal soil temperature and water content for COS consumption were about 298 K and 12.5%, respectively. The converting products of the consumed COS in the lawn soil were researched using in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The peaks of gas-phase products of CO2 and surface HCO3-, HS-, SO32-, HSO3-, and SO42- species were observed. The possible mechanism of COS conversion in the lawn soil was discussed. The conversion rates of consumed COS into water-soluble sulfate in the lawn soil were studied by ion chromatography (IC). The experimental results show that about 50% sulfur from the soil consumed COS was eventually converted into water-soluble sulfate.

  14. Modeling Residential Lawn Fertilization Practices: Integrating High Resolution Remote Sensing with Socioeconomic Data

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    Zhou, Weiqi; Troy, Austin; Grove, Morgan

    2008-05-01

    This article investigates how remotely sensed lawn characteristics, such as parcel lawn area and parcel lawn greenness, combined with household characteristics, can be used to predict household lawn fertilization practices on private residential lands. This study involves two watersheds, Glyndon and Baisman’s Run, in Baltimore County, Maryland, USA. Parcel lawn area and lawn greenness were derived from high-resolution aerial imagery using an object-oriented classification approach. Four indicators of household characteristics, including lot size, square footage of the house, housing value, and housing age were obtained from a property database. Residential lawn care survey data combined with remotely sensed parcel lawn area and greenness data were used to estimate two measures of household lawn fertilization practices, household annual fertilizer nitrogen application amount ( N_yr) and household annual fertilizer nitrogen application rate ( N_ha_yr). Using multiple regression with multi-model inferential procedures, we found that a combination of parcel lawn area and parcel lawn greenness best predicts N_yr, whereas a combination of parcel lawn greenness and lot size best predicts variation in N_ha_yr. Our analyses show that household fertilization practices can be effectively predicted by remotely sensed lawn indices and household characteristics. This has significant implications for urban watershed managers and modelers.

  15. Convection-driven pattern formation in lawn grasses

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    Thompson, Sally; Daniels, Karen

    2009-11-01

    Spatial patterns of 'dead' lawn grass have often been ascribed to Turing-type reaction-diffusion processes related to water scarcity. We present an alternative hypothesis: that the air within the grass canopy is unstable to a convective instability, such that chill damage caused by falling cold air is responsible for the creation of brown and green bands of grass. This hypothesis is consistent with several features of small-scale vegetation patterns, including their length scale, rapid onset and transient nature. We find that the predictions of a porous medium convection model based are consistent with measurements made for a particular instance of lawn-patterning in North Carolina.

  16. Shock whilst gardening--implantable defibrillators & lawn mowers.

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    Von Olshausen, G; Lennerz, C; Grebmer, C; Pavaci, H; Kolb, C

    2014-02-01

    Electromagnetic interference with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can cause inappropriate shock delivery or temporary inhibition of ICD functions. We present a case of electromagnetic interference between a lawn mower and an ICD resulting in an inappropriate discharge of the device due to erroneous detection of ventricular fibrillation.

  17. Analysis of Iron in Lawn Fertilizer: A Sampling Study

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    Jeannot, Michael A.

    2006-01-01

    An experiment is described which uses a real-world sample of lawn fertilizer in a simple exercise to illustrate problems associated with the sampling step of a chemical analysis. A mixed-particle fertilizer containing discrete particles of iron oxide (magnetite, Fe[subscript 3]O[subscript 4]) mixed with other particles provides an excellent…

  18. Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Commercial Lawn Equipment

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    2014-10-10

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program produced this guide to help inform the commercial mowing industry about product options and potential benefits. This guide provides information about equipment powered by propane, ethanol, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, and electricity, as well as advanced engine technology. In addition to providing an overview for organizations considering alternative fuel lawn equipment, this guide may also be helpful for organizations that want to consider using additional alternative fueled equipment.

  19. Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Commercial Lawn Equipment (Brochure)

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    2014-10-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program produced this guide to help inform the commercial mowing industry about product options and potential benefits. This guide provides information about equipment powered by propane, ethanol, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, and electricity, as well as advanced engine technology. In addition to providing an overview for organizations considering alternative fuel lawn equipment, this guide may also be helpful for organizations that want to consider using additional alternative fueled equipment.

  20. Energy expenditure during golfing and lawn mowing in older adult men.

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    Dear, James B; Porter, Michelle M; Ready, A Elizabeth

    2010-04-01

    This study compared the intensity and energy cost of playing 9 holes of golf with 40 min of lawn mowing in older men and determined whether both met the current recommendations for health benefits. Eighteen men (age 71.2 +/- 4.4 yr, BMI 27.3 +/- 2.3; M +/- SD) completed a graded treadmill test. During golfing and lawn-mowing field tests, oxygen consumption and walking velocity and distance were measured using a portable metabolic system and global positioning system receiver. The net energy costs of golfing and lawn mowing were 310 and 246 kcal, respectively. The average intensities in metabolic equivalents of golfing and lawn mowing were 2.8 +/- 0.5 and 5.5 +/- 0.9, respectively. Both lawn mowing and golfing met the original intensity and energy expenditure requirements for health benefits specified by the American College of Sports Medicine in 1998, but only lawn mowing met the 2007 intensity recommendations.

  1. Clean Cities Guide to Alternative Fuel Commercial Lawn Equipment (Brochure)

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    2011-10-01

    Guide explains the different types of alternative fuel commercial mowers and lists the makes and models of the ones available on the market. Turf grass is a fixture of the American landscape and the American economy. It is the nation's largest irrigated crop, covering more than 40 million acres. Legions of lawnmowers care for this expanse during the growing season-up to year-round in the warmest climates. The annual economic impact of the U.S. turf grass industry has been estimated at more than $62 billion. Lawn mowing also contributes to the nation's petroleum consumption and pollutant emissions. Mowers consume 1.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually, about 1% of U.S. motor gasoline consumption. Commercial mowing accounts for about 35% of this total and is the highest-intensity use. Large property owners and mowing companies cut lawns, sports fields, golf courses, parks, roadsides, and other grassy areas for 7 hours per day and consume 900 to 2,000 gallons of fuel annually depending on climate and length of the growing season. In addition to gasoline, commercial mowing consumes more than 100 million gallons of diesel annually. Alternative fuel mowers are one way to reduce the energy and environmental impacts of commercial lawn mowing. They can reduce petroleum use and emissions compared with gasoline- and diesel-fueled mowers. They may also save on fuel and maintenance costs, extend mower life, reduce fuel spillage and fuel theft, and promote a 'green' image. And on ozone alert days, alternative fuel mowers may not be subject to the operational restrictions that gasoline mowers must abide by. To help inform the commercial mowing industry about product options and potential benefits, Clean Cities produced this guide to alternative fuel commercial lawn equipment. Although the guide's focus is on original equipment manufacturer (OEM) mowers, some mowers can be converted to run on alternative fuels. For more information about propane

  2. Lawn tennis balls, Rolling friction experiment and Trouton viscosity

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    Singh, Ankit; Kulkarni, Kaustubh; Budhraja, Abhishek; Tej, K R Sai; Sankarlingam, Satish; Biswas, Anindya Kumar

    2008-01-01

    Three lawn tennis balls were arbitrarily taken. One ball was new, one was moderately old and another was old. We have fabricated a conveyor belt set-up and measured rolling friction coefficients, $\\mu_{r}$, of the three balls as a function of their angular velocities, $\\omega$. For the new ball, quadratic fit is perfect. For the moderately old ball, linear fit is accurate. In all the three cases, from linear fits, we obtain $k_{rol}$, where, $\\mu_{r}= k_{rol} \\omega + intercept$. We deduce $k_{rol}$ theoretically also, assuming Trouton ratio as three. The experimental results and theoretical estimates are of the same order of magnitude.

  3. 7 CFR 201.12a - Lawn and turf seed mixtures.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Lawn and turf seed mixtures. 201.12a Section 201.12a..., Inspections, Marketing Practices), DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (CONTINUED) FEDERAL SEED ACT FEDERAL SEED ACT REGULATIONS Labeling Agricultural Seeds § 201.12a Lawn and turf seed mixtures. Seed mixtures intended for...

  4. Lawn mower injuries as a cause of serious visual acuity impairment – Case reports

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    Monika Jasielska

    2017-05-01

    Lawn mower induced eye injuries are a significant cause of serious visual acuity impairment or blindness. The presented study shows that lawn mower eye injuries are still a therapeutic, social and economic problem, yet are very preventable with proper eye protection and patients’ education. Current prevention strategies are inadequate, and therefore should be updated.

  5. Impact craters as biospheric microenvironments, Lawn Hill Structure, Northern Australia.

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    Lindsay, John; Brasier, Martin

    2006-04-01

    Impact craters on Mars act as traps for eolian sediment and in the past may have provided suitable microenvironments that could have supported and preserved a stressed biosphere. If this is so, terrestrial impact structures such as the 18-km-diameter Lawn Hill Structure, in northern Australia, may prove useful as martian analogs. We sampled outcrop and drill core from the carbonate fill of the Lawn Hill Structure and recorded its gamma-log signature. Facies data along with whole rock geochemistry and stable isotope signatures show that the crater fill is an outlier of the Georgina Basin and was formed by impact at, or shortly before, approximately 509-506 million years ago. Subsequently, it was rapidly engulfed by the Middle Cambrian marine transgression, which filled it with shallow marine carbonates and evaporites. The crater formed a protected but restricted microenvironment in which sediments four times the thickness of the nearby basinal succession accumulated. Similar structures, common on the martian surface, may well have acted as biospheric refuges as the planet's water resources declined. Low-pH aqueous environments on Earth similar to those on Mars, while extreme, support diverse ecologies. The architecture of the eolian crater fill would have been defined by long-term ground water cycles resulting from intermittent precipitation in an extremely arid climate. Nutrient recycling, critical to a closed lacustrine sub-ice biosphere, could be provided by eolian transport onto the frozen water surface.

  6. Bee Fauna and Floral Abundance Within Lawn-Dominated Suburban Yards in Springfield, MA.

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    Lerman, S B; Milam, J

    2016-09-01

    Private yards comprise a significant component of urban lands, with managed lawns representing the dominant land cover. Lawns blanket > 163,000 km(2) of the United States, and 50% of urban and suburban areas. When not treated with herbicides, lawns have the capacity to support a diversity of spontaneous (e.g., not planted) flowers, with the potential to provide nectar and pollen resources for pollinators such as native bees. In order to determine the extent to which suburban lawns support these important species, we surveyed lawns in 17 suburban yards in Springfield, MA, between May and September 2013 and 2014. Householders participating in the study did not apply chemical pesticides or herbicides to lawns for the duration of the study. We collected 5,331 individual bees, representing 111 species, and 29% of bee species reported for the state. The majority of species were native to North America (94.6%), nested in soil (73%), and solitary (48.6%). Species richness was lower for oligolectic (specialists on a single plant; 9.9%) and parasitic species (12.6%). Abundance percentages for number of individuals were similar. We documented 63 plant species in the lawns, the majority of which were not intentionally planted. The most abundant lawn flowers were dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and clover (Trifolium sp.). Nearly 30% of the spontaneous plant species growing in the lawns were native to North America. Our study suggests that the spontaneous lawn flowers could be viewed as supplemental floral resources and support pollinators, thereby enhancing the value of urban green spaces.

  7. Bee Fauna and Floral Abundance Within Lawn-Dominated Suburban Yards in Springfield, MA

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    Lerman, S.B.; Milam, J.

    2016-01-01

    Private yards comprise a significant component of urban lands, with managed lawns representing the dominant land cover. Lawns blanket > 163,000 km2 of the United States, and 50% of urban and suburban areas. When not treated with herbicides, lawns have the capacity to support a diversity of spontaneous (e.g., not planted) flowers, with the potential to provide nectar and pollen resources for pollinators such as native bees. In order to determine the extent to which suburban lawns support these important species, we surveyed lawns in 17 suburban yards in Springfield, MA, between May and September 2013 and 2014. Householders participating in the study did not apply chemical pesticides or herbicides to lawns for the duration of the study. We collected 5,331 individual bees, representing 111 species, and 29% of bee species reported for the state. The majority of species were native to North America (94.6%), nested in soil (73%), and solitary (48.6%). Species richness was lower for oligolectic (specialists on a single plant; 9.9%) and parasitic species (12.6%). Abundance percentages for number of individuals were similar. We documented 63 plant species in the lawns, the majority of which were not intentionally planted. The most abundant lawn flowers were dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and clover (Trifolium sp.). Nearly 30% of the spontaneous plant species growing in the lawns were native to North America. Our study suggests that the spontaneous lawn flowers could be viewed as supplemental floral resources and support pollinators, thereby enhancing the value of urban green spaces. PMID:27651546

  8. Potential of grass seed production for new lawns

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    Josiane Vargas de Oliveira Maximino

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The Paspalum and Axonopus genera are among the main warm season grasses used for lawns. The seed propagation contributes to the decrease of the cost of establishment, besides maintaining the exact characteristics of the mother plant genotype, because they are apomictic species. The objective of this work was to evaluate the seed production potential of seventeen grass accesses of the species Paspalum notatum, P. lepton, P. lividum and Axonopus parodii. The experiment was conducted at Capão do Leão, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, in a randomized block design, with four replications. The evaluated variables were: number of inflorescences per area, number of florets per inflorescence and seed production potential (SPP. In order to measure the seed production potential of the accesses, the equation proposed is: SPP = number of florets per inflorescence x number of inflorescences per m2 . There were year, access and interaction between years and accesses effect for the traits number of inflorescences per area and seed production potential. For the number of florets per inflorescence, there was no year effect. Potential production for the 2013/2014 harvest, ranged from 19,152.00 to 135,062.70 seeds m- ², with PN 09 of the P. notatum species standing out. In the 2014/2015 harvest, the seed production potential ranged from 9,973.75 to 81,536.75 seeds m- ², highlighting the access PN 11 of the species P. notatum. The accesses PN 11, PN 09, PN 10 and AP 01 were in the top third of the seed production potential ranking in the two harvests, and “grama-batatais” was in the lower third. There is genotype-environment interaction for all characteristics evaluated. However, there are accesses that show seed production potential consistently superior to the “grama-batatais” control, and have a greater potential for exploitation in the establishment of lawns by seeds.

  9. Soil Carbon Dynamics in Residential Lawns Converted from Appalachian Mixed Oak Stands

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    Chad D. Campbell

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The conversion of unmanaged forest land to homesites dominated by managed turfgrass lawns continues to increase and has large potential impacts on biogeochemical cycling. The conversion process from forest into mowed turfgrass involves a major disturbance to soil properties and shift in ecological conditions, which could affect soil physical, chemical and biological properties, including carbon sequestration. We conducted a study on 64 residential properties, ranging from 5 to 52 years since development, to compare soil carbon content, bulk density, temperature, and moisture, between lawns and the surrounding forests from which they were converted. Homeowners were surveyed on lawn management practices and environmental attitudes, and the relationships between these and soil properties were investigated. Soil bulk density was significantly higher in the upper 10 cm of lawns compared to adjacent forest (35% higher at 0–5 cm and 15.6% higher at 5–10 cm. Total soil C content to 30 cm of lawn (6.5 kg C m−2 and forest (7.1 kg C m−2 marginally differed (p = 0.08, and lawns contained significantly greater C (0.010 g C cm−3 than forests (0.007 g C cm−3 at the 20–30 cm soil depth (p = 0.0137. In the lawns, there was a positive relationship between time since development and surface (0–5 cm C concentration (p = 0.04, but a negative relationship at 20–30 cm (p = 0.03. Surface soils also exhibited a positive correlation between fertilization frequency and C (p = 0.0005 content. Lawn management intensity (fertilizer and pesticide use increased with environmental commitment. Homeowners with a higher environmental commitment had lawns with greater soil carbon levels. Our results indicate that converting unmanaged Appalachian hardwood forest into managed, turfgrass-dominated residential landscapes may affect C depth distribution, but results in little change in total soil carbon sequestration in the upper 30 cm.

  10. Detection of herbicides in the urine of pet dogs following home lawn chemical application

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    Knapp, Deborah W., E-mail: knappd@purdue.edu [Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Purdue University Center for Cancer Research and Purdue Oncological Sciences Center, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Peer, Wendy A.; Conteh, Abass; Diggs, Alfred R. [Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Cooper, Bruce R. [Bindley Bioscience Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Glickman, Nita W. [Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Bonney, Patty L.; Stewart, Jane C. [Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States); Glickman, Lawrence T. [Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Murphy, Angus S. [Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States)

    2013-07-01

    Exposure to herbicide-treated lawns has been associated with significantly higher bladder cancer risk in dogs. This work was performed to further characterize lawn chemical exposures in dogs, and to determine environmental factors associated with chemical residence time on grass. In addition to concern for canine health, a strong justification for the work was that dogs may serve as sentinels for potentially harmful environmental exposures in humans. Experimentally, herbicides [2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP), dicamba] were applied to grass plots under different conditions (e.g., green, dry brown, wet, and recently mowed grass). Chemicals in dislodgeable residues were measured by LC-MS at 0.17, 1, 24, 48, 72 h post treatment. In a separate study, 2,4-D, MCPP, and dithiopyr concentrations were measured in the urine of dogs and in dislodgeable grass residues in households that applied or did not apply chemicals in the preceding 48 h. Chemicals were measured at 0, 24, and 48 h post application in treated households and at time 0 in untreated control households. Residence times of 2,4-D, MCPP, and dicamba were significantly prolonged (P < 0.05) on dry brown grass compared to green grass. Chemicals were detected in the urine of dogs in 14 of 25 households before lawn treatment, in 19 of 25 households after lawn treatment, and in 4 of 8 untreated households. Chemicals were commonly detected in grass residues from treated lawns, and from untreated lawns suggesting chemical drift from nearby treated areas. Thus dogs could be exposed to chemicals through contact with their own lawn (treated or contaminated through drift) or through contact with other grassy areas if they travel. The length of time to restrict a dog's access to treated lawns following treatment remains to be defined. Further study is indicated to assess the risks of herbicide exposure in humans and dogs. - Highlights: • Lawn chemicals were commonly

  11. Net carbon sequestration potential and emissions in home lawn turfgrasses of the United States.

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    Selhorst, Adam; Lal, Rattan

    2013-01-01

    Soil analyses were conducted on home lawns across diverse ecoregions of the U.S. to determine the soil organic carbon (SOC) sink capacity of turfgrass soils. Establishment of lawns sequestered SOC over time. Due to variations in ecoregions, sequestration rates varied among sites from 0.9 Mg carbon (C) ha(-1) year(-1) to 5.4 Mg C ha(-1) year(-1). Potential SOC sink capacity also varied among sites ranging from 20.8 ± 1.0-96.3 ± 6.0 Mg C ha(-1). Average sequestration rate and sink capacity for all sites sampled were 2.8 ± 0.3 Mg C ha(-1) year(-1) and 45.8 ± 3.5 Mg C ha(-1), respectively. Additionally, the hidden carbon costs (HCC) due to lawn mowing (189.7 kg Ce (carbon equivalent) ha(-1) year(-1)) and fertilizer use (63.6 kg Ce ha(-1) year(-1)) for all sites totaled 254.3 kg Ce ha(-1) year(-1). Considering home lawn SOC sink capacity and HCC, mean home lawn sequestration was completely negated 184 years post establishment. The potential SOC sink capacity of home lawns in the U.S. was estimated at 496.3 Tg C, with HCC of between 2,504.1 Gg Ce year(-1) under low management regimes and 7551.4 Gg Ce year(-1) under high management. This leads to a carbon-positive system for between 66 and 199 years in U.S. home lawns. More efficient and reduction of C-intensive maintenance practices could increase the overall sequestration longevity of home lawns and improve their climate change mitigation potential.

  12. EFFECT OF INCREASING DOSES OF MUSHROOM SUBSTRATE ON THE ROOT MASS OF SELECTED LAWN MIXTURES

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    Beata Wiśniewska-Kadżajan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available To fertilize both grassland and turf lawns waste materials, including the substrate after mushroom cultivation have been used recently. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the mushrooms substrate to change the amount of root mass of five turf lawns with varying precipitation of perennial ryegrass. Field experiment was established in 2004 in the agricultural station of University of Natural Science and Humanities in Siedlce. In the research, the following factors were used: 1 dose of mushroom substrate, 2 the mixtures lawns with different species composition and participation of perennial ryegrass. Within two years of research the evaluation of the amount of root mass of turf lawns were done. This assessment was made after plants’ vegetation in 2005 and 2006. The roots sampling of lawns were taken. After cleaning of the root and drying at 1050C, the mass was determined by weighing. The largest mass of roots (average from the study years and substrate doses was observed for the two-component mixture (M1 with 80% share of perennial ryegrass, and the smallest for five-component mixture (M5, where the share of perennial ryegrass was 40%. The average for research years of and mixtures type, indicates that most of the root mass formed the turf lawns with the largest mushroom substrate doses, but at least on the control object. The majority of the tested lawn mixtures, with the exception of mixture five (M5 produced a greater mass of roots in the second year (2006 than in the first (2005 year, despite worse weather conditions.

  13. Carbonyl sulfide and dimethyl sulfide exchange between lawn and the atmosphere

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    Geng, Chunmei; Mu, Yujing

    2004-06-01

    The exchange of carbonyl sulfide (COS) between lawn and the atmosphere was investigated by using a static enclosure under natural field conditions. The results indicated that the lawn acted as a sink for atmospheric COS and a source of dimethyl sulfide (DMS). The exchange fluxes of COS and DMS ranged between -3.24 pmol m-2 s-1 and -94.52 pmol m-2 s-1, and between 0 and 3.14 pmol m-2 s-1, respectively. The lawn was capable of continuously absorbing COS in nighttime as well as in daytime. The COS fluxes depended strongly on the ambient COS mixing ratios. The dependency of DMS emission fluxes on temperature was observed in November 2002. Soil also acted as a sink for COS during our study. However, the COS exchange fluxes of the lawn were much higher than that of the soil. The average COS and DMS fluxes were much higher in spring than in autumn and in summer. The daytime vertical profiles of COS also indicated that the lawn acted as a net sink for COS.

  14. Ornamental and Turf Pest Control for Commercial Applicators: Pest Control of Ornamental Plants; NCR 12, Lawn Diseases in the Midwest; NCR 26, Lawn Weeds and their Control. Manual 89.

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    This training manual provides information needed to meet the minimum EPA standards for certification as a commercial applicator of pesticides in the ornamental and turf pest control category. The text discusses pest control of ornamental plants, lawn diseases, and lawn weeds and their control. (CS)

  15. Lattice dynamics and ferroelectric properties of the nitride perovskite LaWN3

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    Fang, Yue-Wen; Fisher, Craig A. J.; Kuwabara, Akihide; Shen, Xin-Wei; Ogawa, Takafumi; Moriwake, Hiroki; Huang, Rong; Duan, Chun-Gang

    2017-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations we examine the crystal structures and phase transitions of nitride perovskite LaWN3. Lattice dynamics calculations indicate that the ground-state structure belongs to space group R 3 c . Two competitive phase transition pathways are identified which are characterized by symmetry-adapted distortion modes. The results suggest that R 3 c LaWN3 should be an excellent ferroelectric semiconductor, as its large spontaneous polarization of around 61 μ C /cm2 is comparable to that of PbTiO3, and its band gap is about 1.72 eV. Ferroelectricity is found to result from the B -site instability driven by hybridization between W -5 d and N -2 p orbitals. These properties make LaWN3 an attractive candidate material for use in ferroelectric memory devices and photovoltaic cells.

  16. Lawn Weeds and Their Control. North Central Regional Extension Publication No. 26.

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    This publication discusses lawn weed control for the twelve state north central region of the country. Written for use by homeowners, the publication focuses on weed identification and proper herbicide selection and application. Identification of weeds and safe and appropriate herbicide use are emphasized. Forty-six weed and turf plants are…

  17. Lawn Weeds and Their Control. North Central Regional Extension Publication No. 26.

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    Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Cooperative Extension Service.

    This publication discusses lawn weed control for the twelve state north central region of the country. Written for use by homeowners, the publication focuses on weed identification and proper herbicide selection and application. Identification of weeds and safe and appropriate herbicide use are emphasized. Forty-six weed and turf plants are…

  18. The Lawn Hill annulus: An Ordovician meteorite impact into water-saturated dolomite

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    Darlington, Vicki; Blenkinsop, Tom; Dirks, Paul; Salisbury, Jess; Tomkins, Andrew

    2016-12-01

    The Lawn Hill Impact Structure (LHIS) is located 250 km N of Mt Isa in NW Queensland, Australia, and is marked by a highly deformed dolomite annulus with an outer diameter of 18 km, overlying low metamorphic grade siltstone, sandstone, and shale, along the NE margin of the Georgina Basin. This study provides detailed field observations from sections of the Lawn Hill annulus and adjacent areas that demonstrate a clear link between the deformation of the dolomite and the Lawn Hill impact. 40Ar-39Ar dating of impact-related melt particles provides a time of impact in the Ordovician (472 ± 8 Ma) when the Georgina Basin was an active depocenter. The timing and stratigraphic thickness of the dolomite sequence in the annulus suggest that there was possibly up to 300 m of additional sedimentary rocks on top of the currently exposed Thorntonia Limestone at the time of impact. The exposed annulus is remarkably well preserved, with preservation attributed to postimpact sedimentation. The LHIS has an atypical crater morphology with no central uplift. The heterogeneous target materials at Lawn Hill were probably low-strength, porous, and water-saturated, with all three properties affecting the crater morphology. The water-saturated nature of the carbonate unit at the time of impact is thought to have influenced the highly brecciated nature of the annulus, and restricted melt production. The impact timing raises the possibility that the Lawn Hill structure may be a member of a group of impacts resulting from an asteroid breakup that occurred in the mid-Ordovician (470 ± 6 Ma).

  19. Conservation Biological Control and Pest Performance in Lawn Turf: Does Mowing Height Matter?

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    Dobbs, Emily K.; Potter, Daniel A.

    2014-03-01

    With >80 million United States households engaged in lawn and gardening activities, increasing sustainability of lawn care is important. Mowing height is an easily manipulated aspect of lawn management. We tested the hypothesis that elevated mowing of tall fescue lawn grass promotes a larger, more diverse community of arthropod natural enemies which in turn provides stronger biological control services, and the corollary hypothesis that doing so also renders the turf itself less suitable for growth of insect pests. Turf-type tall fescue was mowed low (6.4 cm) or high (10.2 cm) for two growing seasons, natural enemy populations were assessed by vacuum sampling, pitfall traps, and ant baits, and predation and parasitism were evaluated with sentinel prey caterpillars, grubs, and eggs. In addition, foliage-feeding caterpillars and root-feeding scarab grubs were confined in the turf to evaluate their performance. Although some predatory groups (e.g., rove beetles and spiders) were more abundant in high-mowed grass, predation rates were uniformly high because ants, the dominant predators, were similarly abundant regardless of mowing height. Lower canopy temperatures in high-mowed grass were associated with slower growth of grass-feeding caterpillars. Higher lawn mowing reduces fuel consumption and yard waste, and promotes a deep, robust root system that reduces need for water and chemical inputs. Although in this study elevated mowing height did not measurably increase the already-high levels of predation, it did suggest additional ways through which bottom-up effects on insect pest growth might interact with natural enemies to facilitate conservation biological control.

  20. Physical and Social Impacts on Hydrologic Properties of Residential Lawn Soils

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    Smith, M. L.; Band, L. E.

    2009-12-01

    Land development practices result in compacted soils that filter less water, increase surface runoff and decrease groundwater infiltration. Literature review of soil infiltration rates reveals that developed sites’ rates, 0.1 to 24 cm/hr, are reduced when compared to rates of undeveloped sites, 14.7 to 48.7 cm/hr. Yet, most hydrologic models neglect the impacts of residential soil compaction on infiltration and runoff. The objectives of this study included: determination of differences between soil properties of forested and residential lawn sites in Baltimore Ecosystem Study; parcel-scale location impacts on soil properties; and the impact of social and physical factors on the distribution of soil properties of residential lawns. Infiltration measures were collected in situ using a Cornell Sprinkle Infiltrometer and soil cores were collected for water retention and texture analysis. These soil properties were paired with GIS data relating to age of house construction, property value, parcel area, percent canopy cover per parcel and parcel distance from stream. The study finds that saturated infiltration rates in residential lawn soils are significantly lower than forest soils due to reduced macroporosity of residential lawn soils. Intra-parcel differences in bulk density and soil depth indicate that runoff from residential lawns is more likely from near-house and near-curb locations than the mid-front or backyards. The range of infiltration rate, bulk density and percent organic matter can be explained by readily attainable social and physical factors—age of house construction and parcel distance to stream. The impacts of land management on soil properties appear to be more prominent than percent canopy.

  1. 城市草坪的生态热效益%Ecological Thermal Effect of Lawn on Urban Environment

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    唐鸣放; 白雪莲

    2001-01-01

    The energy balance of lawn in urban area and heat-mass exchange between lawn and air were analysed. The result showed that lawn has the function of decreasing air temperature and increasing air moisture in the summer. Field in vestigation also showed the ecological thermal balance between lawn and air.%分析了草坪的能量平衡机理以及与环境之间的热湿交换关系,说明了草坪对空气具有降温增湿作用。通过重庆市区一些草坪实测数据分析发现草坪日平均温度与空气日平均温度相等,说明草坪与空气之间保持热量的生态平衡。

  2. Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Commercial Lawn Equipment (Spanish version); Clean Cities, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    Nelson, Erik

    2015-06-01

    Powering commercial lawn equipment with alternative fuels or advanced engine technology is an effective way to reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum, reduce harmful emissions, and lessen the environmental impacts of commercial lawn mowing. Numerous alternative fuel and fuel-efficient advanced technology mowers are available. Owners turn to these mowers because they may save on fuel and maintenance costs, extend mower life, reduce fuel spillage and fuel theft, and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

  3. Nutrient Discharge Beneath Urban Lawns To A Sandy Coastal Aquifer, Perth, Western Australia

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    Sharma, M. L.; Herne, D. E.; Byrne, J. D.; Kin, P. G.

    1996-01-01

    Excess nitrogen and phosphorus leaching beneath urban lawns on sandy soils in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia, may pose a serious threat not only to the quality of the underlying groundwater but also to many surface-water bodies. In this study, suction-driven lysimeters were developed and used to quantify water and nutrient fluxes below the root zone at four urban lawn sites in Perth. The four sites received similar fertiliser treatment but differed in irrigation regimes. Over a period of 12 months, up to 51 percent of incident water passed below the root zone. Annual flow-weighted concentrations of NO3-N in the leachate ranged from 0.8-5.4 mg/L, whereas PO4-P concentrations ranged from 0.003-0.034 mg/L. At most sites, NO3-N concentrations periodically equalled or exceeded the World Health Organization (WHO) drinking-water limit of 10 mg/L; high concentration were maintained for longer periods at two sites with coarser sands and high irrigation regimes. Evidence exists that concentrations of N and P in urban groundwater are reduced through dilution and possibly through chemical transformation and adsorption. It is unlikely that NO3-N concentrations in groundwater will exceed the WHO drinking limit except for relatively short periods of time. However, nutrients (especially N) from fertilised lawns are a threat to wetlands and waterways into which nutrient-rich groundwater is discharged. Modified management practices for urban lawns, or alternative-style home gardens may need to be developed in order to minimise nutrient enrichment of groundwater and water bodies. Some suggestions for these are presented.

  4. Plant nitrogen concentration and isotopic composition in residential lawns across seven US cities.

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    Trammell, T L E; Pataki, D E; Cavender-Bares, J; Groffman, P M; Hall, S J; Heffernan, J B; Hobbie, S E; Morse, J L; Neill, C; Nelson, K C

    2016-05-01

    Human drivers are often proposed to be stronger than biophysical drivers in influencing ecosystem structure and function in highly urbanized areas. In residential land cover, private yards are influenced by individual homeowner preferences and actions while also experiencing large-scale human and biophysical drivers. We studied plant nitrogen (%N) and N stable isotopic composition (δ(15)N) in residential yards and paired native ecosystems in seven cities across the US that span major ecological biomes and climatic regions: Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. We found that residential lawns in three cities had enriched plant δ(15)N (P < 0.03) and in six cities higher plant N (%) relative to the associated native ecosystems (P < 0.05). Plant δ(15)N was progressively depleted across a gradient of urban density classes in Baltimore and Boston (P < 0.05). Lawn fertilization was associated with depleted plant δ(15)N in Boston and Los Angeles (P < 0.05), and organic fertilizer additions were associated with enriched plant δ(15)N in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City (P < 0.04). Plant δ(15)N was significantly enriched as a function of housing age in Baltimore (r (2) = 0.27, P < 0.02), Boston (r (2) = 0.27, P < 0.01), and Los Angeles (r (2) = 0.34, P < 0.01). These patterns in plant δ(15)N and plant N (%) across these cities suggests that N sources to lawns, as well as greater rates of N cycling combined with subsequent N losses, may be important drivers of plant N dynamics in lawn ecosystems at the national scale.

  5. Assessing insecticide hazard to bumble bees foraging on flowering weeds in treated lawns.

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    Larson, Jonathan L; Redmond, Carl T; Potter, Daniel A

    2013-01-01

    Maintaining bee-friendly habitats in cities and suburbs can help conserve the vital pollination services of declining bee populations. Despite label precautions not to apply them to blooming plants, neonicotinoids and other residual systemic insecticides may be applied for preventive control of lawn insect pests when spring-flowering weeds are present. Dietary exposure to neonicotinoids adversely affects bees, but the extent of hazard from field usage is controversial. We exposed colonies of the bumble bee Bombus impatiens to turf with blooming white clover that had been treated with clothianidin, a neonicotinoid, or with chlorantraniliprole, the first anthranilic diamide labeled for use on lawns. The sprays were applied at label rate and lightly irrigated. After residues had dried, colonies were confined to forage for six days, and then moved to a non-treated rural site to openly forage and develop. Colonies exposed to clothianidin-treated weedy turf had delayed weight gain and produced no new queens whereas those exposed to chlorantraniliprole-treated plots developed normally compared with controls. Neither bumble bees nor honey bees avoided foraging on treated white clover in open plots. Nectar from clover blooms directly contaminated by spray residues contained 171±44 ppb clothianidin. Notably, neither insecticide adversely impacted bee colonies confined on the treated turf after it had been mown to remove clover blooms present at the time of treatment, and new blooms had formed. Our results validate EPA label precautionary statements not to apply neonicotinoids to blooming nectar-producing plants if bees may visit the treatment area. Whatever systemic hazard through lawn weeds they may pose appears transitory, however, and direct hazard can be mitigated by adhering to label precautions, or if blooms inadvertently are contaminated, by mowing to remove them. Chlorantraniliprole usage on lawns appears non-hazardous to bumble bees.

  6. [Spatial and temporal dynamics of the weed community in the Zoysia matrella lawn].

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    Liu, Jia-Qi; Li, You-Han; Zeng, Ying; Xie, Xin-Ming

    2014-02-01

    The heterogeneity of species composition is one of the main attributes in weed community dynamics. Based on species frequency and power law, this paper studied the variations of weed community species composition and spatial heterogeneity in a Zoysia matrella lawn in Guangzhou at different time. The results showed that there were 43 weed species belonging to 19 families in the Z. matrella lawn from 2007 to 2009, in which Gramineae, Compositae, Cyperaceae and Rubiaceae had a comparative advantage. Perennial weeds accounted for the largest proportion of weeds and increased gradually in the three years. Weed communities distributed in higher heterogeneity than in a random model. Dominant weeds varied with season and displayed regularity in the order of 'dicotyledon-monocotyledon-dicotyledon weeds' and 'perennial-annual-perennial weeds'. The spatial heterogeneity of weed community in Z. matrella lawn was higher in summer than in winter. The diversity and evenness of weed community were higher in summer and autumn than in winter and spring. The number of weed species with high heterogeneity in summer was higher than in the other seasons. The spatial heterogeneity and diversity of weed community had no significant change in the three years, while the evenness of weed community had the tendency to decline gradually.

  7. LCA case study on lawn establishment and maintenance with various peat and compost contents in substrates.

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    Silvenius, Frans; Niemeläinen, Oiva; Kurppa, Sirpa

    2016-07-01

    The environmental impacts of the establishment and maintenance of lawn, including the production and use of various substrates, were analyzed by life cycle assessment (LCA). The project focused on comparing substrates with different peat and compost contents using pilot substrates and developed a calculation tool to optimize landscaping from an ecological perspective. The impact categories were climate change, aquatic eutrophication, acidification, and use of primary energy. Life cycle assessment methodology and ISO standards 14040 and 14044 were used. Two thousand tons of substrates per hectare of lawn area were assumed to be needed; this large amount explains the importance of the substrate properties for all of the impact categories. Degradation of peat was the most significant factor of the influence of climate; thus, the most effective means of reducing the impact of landscaping on climate is to replace peat with compost. Nitrous oxide and methane emissions were related to the use of compost, but most of these emissions will occur regardless of how the sludge or biowaste is treated. Ammonia emissions from composting were the most important factor for acidification. The significance of fuel consumption by machinery in lawn establishment and mowing was low. The high contents of N and P in compost-based substrates may lead to high nutrient emissions into water systems, which can have significant local impact. The tool helps optimize substrate contents to minimize the environmental effects. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2016;12:459-464. © 2016 SETAC.

  8. The effects of household management practices on the global warming potential of urban lawns.

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    Gu, Chuanhui; Crane, John; Hornberger, George; Carrico, Amanda

    2015-03-15

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions are an important component of the greenhouse gas (GHG) budget for urban turfgrasses. A biogeochemical model DNDC successfully captured the magnitudes and patterns of N2O emissions observed at an urban turfgrass system at the Richland Creek Watershed in Nashville, TN. The model was then used to study the long-term (i.e. 75 years) impacts of lawn management practice (LMP) on soil organic carbon sequestration rate (dSOC), soil N2O emissions, and net Global Warming Potentials (net GWPs). The model simulated N2O emissions and net GWP from the three management intensity levels over 75 years ranged from 0.75 to 3.57 kg N ha(-1)yr(-1) and 697 to 2443 kg CO2-eq ha(-1)yr(-1), respectively, which suggested that turfgrasses act as a net carbon emitter. Reduction of fertilization is most effective to mitigate the global warming potentials of turfgrasses. Compared to the baseline scenario, halving fertilization rate and clipping recycle as an alternative to synthetic fertilizer can reduce net GWPs by 17% and 12%, respectively. In addition, reducing irrigation and mowing are also effective in lowering net GWPs. The minimum-maintenance LMP without irrigation and fertilization can reduce annual N2O emissions and net GWPs by approximately 53% and 70%, respectively, with the price of gradual depletion of soil organic carbon, when compared to the intensive-maintenance LMP. A lawn age-dependent best management practice is recommended: a high dose fertilizer input at the initial stage of lawn establishment to enhance SOC sequestration, followed by decreasing fertilization rate when the lawn ages to minimize N2O emissions. A minimum-maintained LMP with clipping recycling, and minimum irrigation and mowing, is recommended to mitigate global warming effects from urban turfgrass systems. Among all practices, clipping recycle may be a relatively malleable behavior and, therefore, a good target for interventions seeking to reduce the environmental impacts of lawn

  9. Effect of grassland cutting frequency on soil carbon storage - a case study on public lawns in three Swedish cities

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    Poeplau, C.; Marstorp, H.; Thored, K.; Kätterer, T.

    2016-04-01

    Soils contain the largest terrestrial carbon pool and thus play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle. Grassland soils have particularly high soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks. In Europe (EU 25), grasslands cover 22 % of the land area. It is therefore important to understand the effects of grassland management and management intensity on SOC storage. City lawns constitute a unique study system in this context, since they provide a high functional diversity and thus a wide range of different management intensities per unit area. In this study we investigated frequently mown (on average eight times per season) utility lawns and rarely mown (once per season) meadow-like lawns at three multi-family housing areas in each of three Swedish cities: Uppsala, Malmö, and Gothenburg. The two different lawn types were compared regarding their aboveground net primary production (NPP) and SOC storage. In addition, root biomass was determined in Uppsala. We found significantly higher aboveground NPP and SOC concentrations and significantly lower soil C : N ratio for the utility lawns compared with the meadow-like lawns. On average, aboveground NPP was 24 % or 0.7 Mg C ha-1 yr-1 higher and SOC was 12 % or 7.8 Mg ha-1 higher. Differences in SOC were well explained by differences in aboveground NPP (R2 = 0.39), which indicates that the increase in productivity due to more optimum CO2-assimilating leaf area, leading to higher carbon input to the soil, was the major driver for soil carbon sequestration. Differences in soil C : N ratio indicated a more closed N cycle in utility lawns, which might have additionally affected SOC dynamics. We did not find any difference in root biomass between the two management regimes, and concluded that cutting frequency most likely only exerts an effect on SOC when cuttings are left on the surface.

  10. Ecological effects of lawn greens with pure and mixed stands in an urban setting

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    Jiaomei LIU; Shuhua LI; Zhiguo ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    We studied the ecological benefits of four types of urban green spaces (lawn, a Robinia pseudoacacia stand, a Pinus tabulaeformis stand and a mixed stand of both species) in Yuan Dynasty Wall Relics Park, Beijing. Each of the eight sampling sites was about 0.1 hm2. The experiment was carried out in June, 2006 over a period of eight consecutive days, during which we continuously measured air temperature, relative humidity (RH) and wind speed at the four green spaces in both horizontal and vertical directions. The results were as follows: in the horizontal direction, the all-day average temperature at the pine stand was the lowest and its RH was the highest under three different climate conditions. During the day-time high temperature period, the temperature of the lawn was the highest and its RH the lowest. The temperature was lowest for the mixed stand, and the RH was highest for the pine stand. The highest average daily temperature occurred in the locust stand. The temperature and RH of the four green spaces were statistically different at the 0.05 level of significance. In the vertical direction, the average daily temperature of the four green spaces increased with height. The average daily RH of the four-green spaces decreased slightly with increased height. During the high temperature period of the day, the average temperature of the lawn and the P. tabulaeformis stand declined with the increased height, but the temperature at the R. pseudoa-caeia stand and the mixed P. tabulaeformis-R, pseudoaca-cia stand fluctuated greatly. With regard to the effect of lowering the wind speed, the mixed stand was better than the other green spaces. Based on these results, it can be concluded that the mixed Chinese pine and locust stand was the best choice for the establishment of urban green spaces.

  11. ‘Resting Toucher’: A Time and Motion Analysis of Elite Lawn Bowls

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    Silk, Aaron J.; Hammond, John; Weatherby, Robert P.

    2006-01-01

    Whilst numerous investigations have explored the physical demands placed upon competitive sportspeople from a wide array of sports little is known about the physical demands placed on lawn bowlers. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the movement activities of Australian representative singles and pairs players and to determine the frequency and duration of these activities. One match each of two male and two female players (one singles and one pairs player per gender) were videotaped during an international tournament. During playback of the videotaped matches (n = 4), a single observer coded the players’ activities into five distinct categories (waiting, walking forward, walking backward, jogging and bowling) using a computerised video editing system (Gamebreaker™ Digital Video Analysis System). Field calibration of players over 30m for forward motions and 15m for the backward motion was performed to allow for the estimation of total distance covered during the match. Heart rate was monitored during each match. The duration of a match was found to be (mean ± SD) 1hr 28 ± 15mins. The total distance covered during each match was 2093 ± 276m. The mean percentage of match time spent in each motion was: waiting, 61.8 ± 9.3%; walking forward, 22.3 ± 5.6%; walking backward, 2.0 ± 0.4%; jogging, 1.1 ± 0.5%; and bowling, 8.5 ± 4.2%. Average heart rate was found to be 57 ± 7% of age-predicted HRmax with a maximum of 78 ± 9% of age-predicted HRmax. The results of this study suggest that playing lawn bowls at an international level requires light-moderate intensity activity similar to that reported for golf. Key Points The duration of a lawn bowls match played in sets play was 1hr 28 ± 15mins. The majority (65%) of this time was spent in the motion category “waiting”. Players covered more than 2000m during a match with the vast majority (85%) in the form of forward walking. The average heart rate was 107 ± 15 bpm or 57 ± 7% of age-predicted HRmax

  12. 'Resting toucher': a time and motion analysis of elite lawn bowls.

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    Silk, Aaron J; Hammond, John; Weatherby, Robert P

    2006-01-01

    Whilst numerous investigations have explored the physical demands placed upon competitive sportspeople from a wide array of sports little is known about the physical demands placed on lawn bowlers. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the movement activities of Australian representative singles and pairs players and to determine the frequency and duration of these activities. One match each of two male and two female players (one singles and one pairs player per gender) were videotaped during an international tournament. During playback of the videotaped matches (n = 4), a single observer coded the players' activities into five distinct categories (waiting, walking forward, walking backward, jogging and bowling) using a computerised video editing system (Gamebreaker™ Digital Video Analysis System). Field calibration of players over 30m for forward motions and 15m for the backward motion was performed to allow for the estimation of total distance covered during the match. Heart rate was monitored during each match. The duration of a match was found to be (mean ± SD) 1hr 28 ± 15mins. The total distance covered during each match was 2093 ± 276m. The mean percentage of match time spent in each motion was: waiting, 61.8 ± 9.3%; walking forward, 22.3 ± 5.6%; walking backward, 2.0 ± 0.4%; jogging, 1.1 ± 0.5%; and bowling, 8.5 ± 4.2%. Average heart rate was found to be 57 ± 7% of age-predicted HRmax with a maximum of 78 ± 9% of age-predicted HRmax. The results of this study suggest that playing lawn bowls at an international level requires light-moderate intensity activity similar to that reported for golf. Key PointsThe duration of a lawn bowls match played in sets play was 1hr 28 ± 15mins.The majority (65%) of this time was spent in the motion category "waiting".Players covered more than 2000m during a match with the vast majority (85%) in the form of forward walking.The average heart rate was 107 ± 15 bpm or 57 ± 7% of age-predicted HRmax.The game

  13. Grassland structural heterogeneity in a savanna is driven more by productivity differences than by consumption differences between lawn and bunch grasses.

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    Veldhuis, Michiel P; Fakkert, Heleen F; Berg, Matty P; Olff, Han

    2016-11-01

    Savanna grasslands are characterized by high spatial heterogeneity in vegetation structure, aboveground biomass and nutritional quality, with high quality short-grass grazing lawns forming mosaics with patches of tall bunch grasses of lower quality. This heterogeneity can arise because of local differences in consumption, because of differences in productivity, or because both processes enforce each other (more production and consumption). However, the relative importance of both processes in maintaining mosaics of lawn and bunch grassland types has not been measured. Also their interplay been not been assessed across landscape gradients. In a South African savanna, we, therefore, measured the seasonal changes in primary production, nutritional quality and herbivore consumption (amount and percentage) of grazing lawns and adjacent bunch grass patches across a rainfall gradient. We found both higher amounts of primary production and, to a smaller extent, consumption for bunch grass patches. In addition, for bunch grasses primary production increased towards higher rainfall while foliar nitrogen concentrations decreased. Foliar nitrogen concentrations of lawn grasses decreased much less with increasing rainfall. Consequently, large herbivores targeted the biomass produced on grazing lawns with on average 75 % of the produced biomass consumed. We conclude that heterogeneity in vegetation structure in this savanna ecosystem is better explained by small-scale differences in productivity between lawn and bunch grass vegetation types than by local differences in consumption rates. Nevertheless, the high nutritional quality of grazing lawns is highly attractive and, therefore, important for the maintenance of the heterogeneity in species composition (i.e. grazing lawn maintenance).

  14. DISTRIBUTION OF 2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXYACETIC ACID IN FLOOR DUST THROUGHOUT HOMES FOLLOWING HOMEOWNER AND COMMERICAL LAWN APPLICATIONS: QUANTITATIVE EFFECTS OF CHILDREN, PETS, AND SHOES

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    Transport of lawn-applied 2,4-D into 13 actual homes was measured following both homeowner and commercial application of this herbicide to residential lawns. Collection of floor dust in five rooms of each house, corresponding to an entryway, living room, dining room, kitchen, a...

  15. Carbonyl sulfide and dimethyl sulfide fluxes in an urban lawn and adjacent bare soil in Guangzhou, China.

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    Yi, Zhigang; Wang, Xinming

    2011-01-01

    Carbonyl sulfide (COS) and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) fluxes from an urban Cynodon dactylon lawn and adjacent bare soil were measured during April-July 2005 in Guangzhou, China. Both the lawn and bare soil acted as sinks for COS and sources for DMS. The mean fluxes of COS and DMS in the lawn (-19.27 and 18.16 pmol/(m2 sec), respectively) were significantly higher than those in the bare soil (-9.89 and 9.35 pmol/(m2 sec), respectively). Fluxes of COS and DMS in mowed lawn were also higher than those in bare soils. Both COS and DMS fluxes showed diurnal variation with detectable but much lower values in the nighttime than in the daytime. COS fluxes were related significantly to temperature and the optimal temperature for COS uptake was 29 degrees C. While positive linear correlations were found between DMS fluxes and temperature. COS fluxes increased linearly with ambient COS mixing ratios, and had a compensation point of 336 ppt.

  16. Carbonyl sulfide and dimethyl sulfide fluxes in an urban lawn and adjacent bare soil in Guangzhou, China

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    Zhigang Yi; Xinming Wang

    2011-01-01

    Carbonyl sulfide (COS) and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) fluxes from an urban Cynodon dactylon lawn and adjacent bare soil were measured during April-July 2005 in Guangzhou, China.Both the lawn and bare soil acted as sinks for COS and sources for DMS.The mean fluxes of COS and DMS in the lawn (-19.27 and 18.16 pmol/(m2·sec), respectively) were significantly higher than those in the bare soil (-9.89 and 9.35 pmol/(m2·sec), respectively).Fluxes of COS and DMS in mowed lawn were also higher than those in bare soils.Both COS and DMS fluxes showed diurnal variation with detectable but much lower values in the nighttime than in the daytime.COS fluxes were related significantly to temperature and the optimal temperature for COS uptake was 29℃.While positive linear correlations were found between DMS fluxes and temperature.COS fluxes increased linearly with ambient COS mixing ratios,and had a compensation point of 336 ppt.

  17. [Impacts of reclaimed water irrigation of urban lawn on groundwater quality].

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    Wang, Qiao-Huan; Chen, Wei-Ping; Wang, Xiao-Ke; Ren, Yu-Fen; Zhang, Ye

    2012-12-01

    Based on long-term monitoring of groundwater and irrigation water quality, the dynamics of the main physicochemical property and pollutant concentration of groundwater influenced by reclaimed water irrigation were examined in this study. The results of our five-year continuous study showed that the ammonium nitrogen concentration in reclaimed water ranged 0.05-65.4 mg x L(-1) with an average of 12.0 mg x L(-1), which exceeded the urban miscellaneous water quality standards for urban greening (GB/T 18920-2002). The total nitrogen in reclaimed water averaged at 28.3 mg x L(-1), ranging from 2.56 mg x L(-1) to 78.0 mg x L(-1), which was also relatively high. The groundwater quality indexes were normal with small fluctuations under tap-water irrigation. The influence of lawn irrigation with reclaimed water on the groundwater water quality was significant in the shallow well with a depth of 6 m, but not obvious in the deep well with a depth of 20 m. The greatest change was found in the enhanced value of nitrate concentration. The nitrate nitrogen concentration in shallow underground water had significantly positive correlation but lagging with the concentration of dissolved nitrogen in the irrigation reclaimed water, which indicated that lawn irrigation with reclaimed water might cause nitrate nitrogen pollution in shallow underground water. Therefore, considering the huge water consumption for the urban greening, it is suggested that the criteria of reclaimed water reuse should be further improved to avoid the risk of environmental pollution.

  18. 'RESTING TOUCHER': A TIME AND MOTION ANALYSIS OF ELITE LAWN BOWLS

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    Aaron J. Silk

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Whilst numerous investigations have explored the physical demands placed upon competitive sportspeople from a wide array of sports little is known about the physical demands placed on lawn bowlers. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the movement activities of Australian representative singles and pairs players and to determine the frequency and duration of these activities. One match each of two male and two female players (one singles and one pairs player per gender were videotaped during an international tournament. During playback of the videotaped matches (n = 4, a single observer coded the players' activities into five distinct categories (waiting, walking forward, walking backward, jogging and bowling using a computerised video editing system (Gamebreaker™ Digital Video Analysis System. Field calibration of players over 30m for forward motions and 15m for the backward motion was performed to allow for the estimation of total distance covered during the match. Heart rate was monitored during each match. The duration of a match was found to be (mean ± SD 1hr 28 ± 15mins. The total distance covered during each match was 2093 ± 276m. The mean percentage of match time spent in each motion was: waiting, 61.8 ± 9.3%; walking forward, 22.3 ± 5.6%; walking backward, 2.0 ± 0.4%; jogging, 1.1 ± 0.5%; and bowling, 8.5 ± 4.2%. Average heart rate was found to be 57 ± 7% of age-predicted HRmax with a maximum of 78 ± 9% of age-predicted HRmax. The results of this study suggest that playing lawn bowls at an international level requires light-moderate intensity activity similar to that reported for golf.

  19. Trace element concentrations along a gradient of urban pressure in forest and lawn soils of the Paris region (France).

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    Foti, Ludovic; Dubs, Florence; Gignoux, Jacques; Lata, Jean-Christophe; Lerch, Thomas Z; Mathieu, Jérôme; Nold, François; Nunan, Naoise; Raynaud, Xavier; Abbadie, Luc; Barot, Sébastien

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    The concentration, degree of contamination and pollution of 7 trace elements (TEs) along an urban pressure gradient were measured in 180 lawn and wood soils of the Paris region (France). Iron (Fe), a major element, was used as reference element. Copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) were of anthropogenic origin, while arsenic (As), chromium (Cr) and nickel (Ni) were of natural origin. Road traffic was identified as the main source of anthropogenic TEs. In addition, the industrial activity of the Paris region, especially cement plants, was identified as secondary source of Cd. Soil characteristics (such as texture, organic carbon (OC) and total nitrogen (tot N) contents) tell the story of the soil origins and legacies along the urban pressure gradient and often can explain TE concentrations. The history of the land-use types was identified as a factor that allowed understanding the contamination and pollution by TEs. Urban wood soils were found to be more contaminated and polluted than urban lawns, probably because woods are much older than lawns and because of the legacy of the historical management of soils in the Paris region (Haussmann period). Lawn soils are similar to the fertile agricultural soils and relatively recently (mostly from the 1950s onwards) imported from the surrounding of Paris, so that they may be less influenced by urban conditions in terms of TE concentrations. Urban wood soils are heavily polluted by Cd, posing a high risk to the biological communities. The concentration of anthropogenic TEs increased from the rural to the urban areas, and the concentrations of most anthropogenic TEs in urban areas were equivalent to or above the regulatory reference values, raising the question of longer-term monitoring. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Planting and Maintenance and Management of Lawn%草坪的种植与养护管理

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    金波

    2014-01-01

    总结了草坪种植管理技术,主要包括:整地、种植、修剪、灌水、施肥、防除杂草、病虫害防治等方面等。%The planting and management technology for lawn are summarized in the aspects of soil preparation, planting, pruning, irrigation, fertilization, weed and pest control.

  1. [Comparative study on characteristics of urban rainfall runoff from two urban lawn catchments in Macau and Xiamen].

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    Huang, Jin-liang; Tu, Zhen-shun; Du, Peng-fei; Li, Qing-sheng; Lin, Jie; Yang, Long-qi

    2009-12-01

    A comparative study on characteristics of stormwater runoff from two urban lawn catchments in Macau (ELH) and Xiamen (PGH) with separated sewer system were conducted. The result obtained shows that COD, TP and NO3- -N are the major pollutants with mean EMC of 165.77-60.48 mg/L, 0.96-0.44 mg/L and 7.16-1.18 mg/L, respectively, and the mean values of pollutants loads of COD, TP and NO3- -N from study lawn catchments are 6.53-0.63 kg/hm2, 0.0375-0.0047 kg/hm2 and 0.0122-0.0128 kg/hm2, respectively. Peak values of major pollutant concentrations usually precede the flow peak. First flush effect of rainfall runoff from two study catchments is no obvious, which can be reflected by the low mean value of FF30 of TSS, COD, TP and NO3- -N, with 36.26%, 26.13%, 28.13% and 39.03%, respectively. Based on multivariate statistical analysis, first flush effect from urban lawn rainfall runoff is greatly influenced by total rainfall amount (Tr) and total runoff volume (V).

  2. Removal of chemical oxygen demand and dissolved nutrients by a sunken lawn infiltration system during intermittent storm events.

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    Hou, Lizhu; Yang, Huan; Li, Ming

    2014-01-01

    Urban surface water runoff typically contains high but varying amounts of organic matter and nutrients that require removal before reuse. Infiltration systems such as sunken lawns can improve water quality. However, there is currently insufficient information describing the treatment efficiency of lawn-based infiltration systems. In this study, novel sunken lawn infiltration systems (SLISs) were designed and their pollutant removal effectiveness was assessed. The results revealed that SLISs with Poa pratensis and Lolium perenne effectively removed most chemical oxygen demand (CODCr) and dissolved nutrients. Average CODCr, total nitrogen (TN), ammonium-nitrogen (NH4(+)-N) and total phosphorus (TP) concentrations were reduced by 78.93, 66.64, 71.86 and 75.83%, respectively, and the corresponding effluent concentrations met the standard for urban miscellaneous water consumption in China. The NH4(+)-N in the synthetic runoff was shown to be removed by adsorption during the stormwater dosing and nitrification during subsequent dry days, as well as through uptake by plants. Phosphorus was mainly removed by adsorption and chemical precipitation. The NH4(+)-N and phosphorus Langmuir isotherm model fitted the clay loam soil adsorption process better than the Freundlich model. Overall, these results indicate that an SLIS provides an alternative means of removing runoff pollutants owing to its efficiency, easy operation and maintenance.

  3. Vision-based obstacle recognition system for automated lawn mower robot development

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    Mohd Zin, Zalhan; Ibrahim, Ratnawati

    2011-06-01

    Digital image processing techniques (DIP) have been widely used in various types of application recently. Classification and recognition of a specific object using vision system require some challenging tasks in the field of image processing and artificial intelligence. The ability and efficiency of vision system to capture and process the images is very important for any intelligent system such as autonomous robot. This paper gives attention to the development of a vision system that could contribute to the development of an automated vision based lawn mower robot. The works involve on the implementation of DIP techniques to detect and recognize three different types of obstacles that usually exist on a football field. The focus was given on the study on different types and sizes of obstacles, the development of vision based obstacle recognition system and the evaluation of the system's performance. Image processing techniques such as image filtering, segmentation, enhancement and edge detection have been applied in the system. The results have shown that the developed system is able to detect and recognize various types of obstacles on a football field with recognition rate of more 80%.

  4. Competition between a Lawn-Forming Cynodon dactylon and a Tufted Grass Species Hyparrhenia hirta on a South-African Dystrophic Savanna

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    Zwerts, J. A.; Prins, H. H. T.; Bomhoff, D.; Verhagen, I.; Swart, J. M.; de Boer, W. F.

    2015-01-01

    South African savanna grasslands are often characterised by indigestible tufted grass species whereas lawn grasses are far more desirable in terms of herbivore sustenance. We aimed to investigate the role of nutrients and/or the disturbance (grazing, trampling) by herbivores on the formation of grazing lawns. We conducted a series of common garden experiments to test the effect of nutrients on interspecific competition between a typical lawn-forming grass species (Cynodon dactylon) and a species that is frequently found outside grazing lawns (Hyparrhenia hirta), and tested for the effect of herbivore disturbance in the form of trampling and clipping. We also performed a vegetation and herbivore survey to apply experimentally derived insights to field observations. Our results showed that interspecific competition was not affected by soil nutrient concentrations. C. dactylon did show much more resilience to disturbance than H. hirta, presumably due to the regenerative capacity of its rhizomes. Results from the field survey were in line with these findings, describing a correlation between herbivore pressure and C. dactylon abundance. We conclude that herbivore disturbance, and not soil nutrients, provide C. dactylon with a competitive advantage over H. hirta, due to vegetative regeneration from its rhizomes. This provides evidence for the importance of concentrated, high herbivore densities for the creation and maintenance of grazing lawns. PMID:26510157

  5. Competition between a Lawn-Forming Cynodon dactylon and a Tufted Grass Species Hyparrhenia hirta on a South-African Dystrophic Savanna.

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    Full Text Available South African savanna grasslands are often characterised by indigestible tufted grass species whereas lawn grasses are far more desirable in terms of herbivore sustenance. We aimed to investigate the role of nutrients and/or the disturbance (grazing, trampling by herbivores on the formation of grazing lawns. We conducted a series of common garden experiments to test the effect of nutrients on interspecific competition between a typical lawn-forming grass species (Cynodon dactylon and a species that is frequently found outside grazing lawns (Hyparrhenia hirta, and tested for the effect of herbivore disturbance in the form of trampling and clipping. We also performed a vegetation and herbivore survey to apply experimentally derived insights to field observations. Our results showed that interspecific competition was not affected by soil nutrient concentrations. C. dactylon did show much more resilience to disturbance than H. hirta, presumably due to the regenerative capacity of its rhizomes. Results from the field survey were in line with these findings, describing a correlation between herbivore pressure and C. dactylon abundance. We conclude that herbivore disturbance, and not soil nutrients, provide C. dactylon with a competitive advantage over H. hirta, due to vegetative regeneration from its rhizomes. This provides evidence for the importance of concentrated, high herbivore densities for the creation and maintenance of grazing lawns.

  6. Soil warming effect on net ecosystem exchange of carbon dioxide during the transition from winter carbon source to spring carbon sink in a temperate urban lawn

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    Xiaoping Zhou; Xiaoke Wang; Lei Tong; Hongxing Zhang; Fei Lu; Feixiang Zheng; Peiqiang Hou; Wenzhi Song; Zhiyun Ouyang

    2012-01-01

    The significant wanning in urban environment caused by the combined effects of global warming and heat island has stimulated widely development of urban vegetations.However,it is less known of the climate feedback of urban lawn in warmed environment.Soil warming effect on net ecosystem exchange (NEE) of carbon dioxide during the transition period from winter to spring was investigated in a temperate urban lawn in Beijing,China.The NEE (negative for uptake) under soil warming treatment (temperature was about 5℃ higher than the ambient treatment as a control) was-0.71 μmol/(m2·sec),the ecosytem was a CO2 sink under soil warming treatment,the lawn ecosystem under the control was a CO2 source (0.13 μmol/(m2·sec)),indicating that the lawn ecosystem would provide a negative feedback to global warming.There was no significant effect of soil warming on nocturnal NEE (i.e.,ecosystem respiration),although the soil temperature sensitivity (Q10) of ecosystem respiration under soil warming treatment was 3.86,much lower than that in the control (7.03).The CO2 uptake was significantly increased by soil warming treatment that was attributed to about 100% increase of α (apparent quantum yield) and Amax (maximutn rate of photosynthesis).Our results indicated that the response of photosynthesis in urban lawn is much more sensitive to global warming than respiration in the transition period.

  7. Lawn soil carbon storage in abandoned residential properties: an examination of ecosystem structure and function following partial human-natural decoupling.

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    Gough, Christopher M; Elliott, Hunter L

    2012-05-15

    Residential abandonment is on the rise in many urban areas, with unknown implications for ecosystem structure and function on land slated for partial or full restoration to native habitat. Partial decoupling of human and natural systems could reduce disturbance (e.g., trampling, recreational traffic) and modify vegetation structure in a way that alters soil carbon storage, an ecosystem function that many municipalities consider a management objective of growing importance. We quantified soil carbon percent and mass to 10 cm depth and examined vegetation structure in 50 vacant and 10 occupied residential lawns located in Richmond, VA, with the principal objective of determining whether occupancy status alters trajectories of soil carbon storage or its correspondence with household economic/demographic indicators and vegetation cover. Abandoned residential lawns supported significantly less grass cover, but these declines were largely offset by increases in emergent overstory (>1 m height) vegetation cover. Soil carbon percent and mass did not differ between lawns of occupied and abandoned residences, even though significant, but highly uncertain, increases in soil carbon mass occurred in the first decade following vacancy. Instead, all residential lawns exhibited similar significant increases in soil carbon percent and mass with increasing residence age and neighborhood affluence, the former indicating annual carbon accretion rates of 20 g m(-2). We conclude that in this early stage of vacancy, soil carbon storage is already subtly responding to declines in human intervention, with reduced soil disturbance and sustained vegetation cover in abandoned lawns playing likely roles in emerging soil carbon storage trajectories.

  8. 冷季型草坪的建植与管理技术%Investigation on Planting and Management of Cold Season Lawn

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    胡慧芳; 李刚

    2013-01-01

      冷季型草坪是北方园林绿化的重要组成部分,针对北方季节特点以及冷季型草生长发育对环境条件要求,从11个方面探讨了其建植和管理技术。%Cold season lawn is widely used in landscaping fields in the northern region .According to northern climate and their requirements on the environment conditions ,planting and management of cold season lawn were investigated from 11 aspects .

  9. 青海大学绿地草坪杂草调查和现状分析%Investigation of Lawn Weeds on Campus of Qinghai University

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    肖剑波; 卢素锦; 谭华东; 胡学敏; 夏玉峰

    2012-01-01

    In order to investigate and analyse the present situation of green lawn in campus of Qinghai University,this article undertakes a systematic study of the lawn weed species,population density and the degree of harm. The results show that there is a variety of turf weed,and the main weed species are dandelion, plantain, velvet wilt hills food,Artemisia vulgaris, Artemisia annua ice grass lawn and pigweed; the harm degree of the weed in most of the lawn is 3 level or above. At the same time, the article analyses the present lawn planting and conservation measures in the campus of Qinghai University, finds the existing questions of turf management measures and methods of weed control,and proposes the corresponding improvement opinions.%为了调查和分析青海大学绿地草坪的存在现状,对草坪杂草种类、种群密度和危害程度等进行了系统的调查和研究。结果表明:草坪杂草种类繁多,主要杂草类型有:蒲公英、车前、鹅绒萎陵菜、青蒿、野艾蒿、冰草、藜,大部分草坪处于杂草的3级危害程度或以上。同时,分析了青海大学校内现有的草坪种植和养护措施,发现了现有草坪管理措施和杂草控制方法存在的问题,并提出了针对性的改善意见。

  10. Spatial and temporal variability of sediment deposition on artificial-lawn traps in a floodplain of the River Elbe.

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    Baborowski, M; Büttner, O; Morgenstern, P; Krüger, F; Lobe, I; Rupp, H; Tümpling, W V

    2007-08-01

    Artificial-lawn mats were used as sediment traps in floodplains to measure sediment input and composition during flood events. To estimate the natural variability, 10 traps were installed during two flood waves at three different morphological units in a meander loop of the River Elbe. The geochemical composition of deposited and suspended matter was compared. The sediment input showed weak correlations with concentration and composition of river water. It also correlated poorly with flood duration and level as well as distance of trap position from the main river. This is due to the high variability of the inundation, different morphological conditions and the variability of sources. The composition of the deposits and the suspended matter in the river water was comparable. Hence, for the investigated river reach, the expected pollution of the floodplain sediments can be derived from the pollution of the suspended matter in the river during the flood wave.

  11. A New Color-based Lawn Weed Detection Method and Its Integration with Texture-based Methods: A Hybrid Approach

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    Watchareeruetai, Ukrit; Ohnishi, Noboru

    We propose a color-based weed detection method specifically designed for detecting lawn weeds in winter. The proposed method exploits fuzzy logic to make inference from color information. Genetic algorithm is adopted to search for the optimal combination of color information, fuzzy membership functions, as well as fuzzy rules used in the method. Experimental results show that the proposed color-based method outperforms the conventional texture-based methods when testing with a winter dataset. In addition, we propose a hybrid system that incorporates both texture-based and color-based weed detection methods. It can automatically select a better method to perform weed detection, depending on an input image. The results show that the use of the hybrid system can significantly improve weed control performances for the overall datasets.

  12. Direct and Indirect Impacts of Vegetation on Building Comfort: A Comparative Study of Lawns, Green Walls and Green Roofs

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    Laurent Malys

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Following development and validation of the SOLENE-microclimat tool, the underlying model was used to compare the impacts of various “greening strategies” on buildings’ summer energy consumption and indoor comfort. This study distinguishes between direct and indirect impacts by successively implementing the test strategies on both the studied building and surrounding ones; it also considers insulated vs. non-insulated buildings. Findings indicate that green walls have a direct effect on indoor comfort throughout the entire building, whereas the effect of green roofs is apparently primarily confined to the upper floor. Moreover, the indirect effect of a green wall is greater, mainly due to the drop in infrared emissions resulting from a lower surface temperature. It has also been proven that the indirect effects of green walls and surrounding lawns can help reduce the loads acting on a non-insulated building.

  13. 浅析旋刀式草坪割草机产品质量状况%On the qualites of rotary lawn mowsrs

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    赵大伟; 石淑英

    2001-01-01

    在当前市场经济条件下,草坪割草机产品质量问题尤为重要,直接关系到环境、人身安全、作业质量等。本文论述了国内草坪割草机产品质量现状及存在的主要问题,为了加强草坪割草机产品的质量管理,并提出了改进建议。%The qualities of lawn mowers are of vital importance under the present conditions of market economy in terms of environment,personal safety and operation.Quality conditions and major problems of domestically made lawn mowers are presented and discussed with some sugguestion on improvement made.

  14. Long-term stability of grazing lawns in a small protected area, the Mountain Zebra National Park

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available We examined a heavily grazed plant community dominated by creeping grass species with the aim of, (1 determining its response to the exclusion of grazing and (2 its long-term persistence. This plant community was particularly favoured by wild ungulate species that prefer short grasses – blesbok (Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi, springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis and black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou. Exclusion of grazing by large herbivores by means of fencing resulted in the virtual disappearance of the creeping grasses and their replacement by tall tufted species. On plots that remained unfenced, the plant species composition was found to be little changed after an interval of more than 20 years. The number large stock unit equivalents (LSU per ha carried by the plant community was used as a proxy for grazing intensity. Monitored for approximately 2 years at the start of the study, LSU per ha was found to greatly exceed levels recommended for commercial livestock production. This plant community conforms to a recently published definition of a grazing lawn, in that intense grazing promotes palatable, grazing-tolerant grass species.Conservation implications: The positive association between grazers and grazing-tolerant grass species evidently persisted for more than 20 years and there was no evidence of an increase in abundance of unpalatable plant species. Despite the small size of the park, which limited the extent of large herbivore movements, localised heavy grazing did not lead to range degradation.

  15. Trace metal concentrations in forest and lawn soils of Paris region (France) along a gradient of urban pressure

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    Ludovic, Foti

    2017-04-01

    concentrations and subsequent risks in soils of Paris and Paris region (Île-de-France). Our study aims at filling this knowledge gap, focusing on contamination and pollution by TMs in lawns and forests that constitute the main types of vegetation in urban areas of Paris region. Considering the rational described above, the aims of the present study were (i) to examine the concentration of eight selected TMs (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Zn) in soils of two land-uses (public lawns and woods) along an urban pressure gradient in Paris region, (ii) to distinguish origins and sources of contamination or pollution, (iii) to evaluate the individual and overall TM contamination degree as well as the individual and overall TM pollution degree, (iiii) to use soil characteristics to better understand soil origins and histories along the urban pressure gradient and the relationship between these characteristics and TM concentrations. Ultimately, this study provides a baseline TM assessment for the long-term monitoring of the evolution of TM soil contents in urban area of the Paris region.

  16. Rhizobium cauense sp. nov., isolated from root nodules of the herbaceous legume Kummerowia stipulacea grown in campus lawn soil.

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    Liu, Tian Yan; Li, Ying; Liu, Xiao Xiao; Sui, Xin Hua; Zhang, Xiao Xia; Wang, En Tao; Chen, Wen Xin; Chen, Wen Feng; Puławska, Joanna

    2012-10-01

    Three bacterial isolates (CCBAU 101002(T), CCBAU 101000 and CCBAU 101001) originating from root nodules of the herbaceous legume Kummerowia stipulacea grown in the campus lawn of China Agricultural University were characterized with a polyphasic taxonomic approach. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that the isolates shared 99.85-99.92% sequence similarities and had the highest similarities to the type strains of Rhizobium mesoamericanum (99.31%), R. endophyticum (98.54%), R. tibeticum (98.38%) and R. grahamii (98.23%). Sequence similarity of four concatenated housekeeping genes (atpD, glnII, recA and rpoB) between CCBAU 101002(T) and its closest neighbor (R. grahamii) was 92.05%. DNA-DNA hybridization values between strain CCBAU 101002(T) and the four type strains of the most closely related Rhizobium species were less than 28.4±0.8%. The G+C mol% of the genomic DNA for strain CCBAU 101002(T) was 58.5% (Tm). The major respiratory quinone was ubiquinone (Q-10). Summed feature 8 (18:1ω7cis/18:1ω6cis) and 16:0 were the predominant fatty acids. Strain CCBAU 101002(T) contained phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine as major polar lipids, and phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin as minor ones. No glycolipid was detected. Unlike other strains, this novel species could utilize dulcite or sodium pyruvate as sole carbon sources and it was resistant to 2% (w/v) NaCl. On the basis of the polyphasic study, a new species Rhizobium cauense sp. nov. is proposed, with CCBAU 101002(T) (=LMG 26832(T)=HAMBI 3288(T)) as the type strain.

  17. 浅谈植物生长调节剂在草坪管理上的应用%On the Application of Plant Growth Regulators in Lawn Management

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    王晓炜; 丁铁玉

    2011-01-01

    Plant growth regulators can control the growth of lawn grass.By describing the application mechanism of plant growth regulators,detailed summarized on how to rationally use them in lawn management.On the other hand,aimed at seven kinds of common plant growth regulators,detailed introduced their chemical properties,mechanism and use methods in lawn management.%植物生长调节剂可以调控草坪草的生长,通过阐述植物生长调节剂的应用机制,详细总结出如何在草坪管理中对其进行合理使用。另针对常见的七种植物生长调节剂,详细介绍了其化学性质、作用机制及其在草坪管理上的使用方法。

  18. THE EFFECT OF THE SPECIFIC TRAINING UPON THE VALUES OF THE CHOICE REACTION TIME AT THE LEVEL OF THE UPPER LIMBS IN THE LAWN TENNIS (16-18-YEAR- OLD)

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    Adrian COJOCARIU; Cezar HONCERIU

    2011-01-01

    The reaction time to visual stimuli is extremelyimportant in lawn tennis because the sportsmanhas to adopt in the shortest time possible theadequate motric response in order to get in time tothe ball as well as for hitting it with highefficiency. The purpose of this research isrepresented by the identification of the values ofthe choice reaction time to visual stimulus for thesuperior limbs for the sportspeople aged 16-18,members of the national lawn tennis team ofRomania. This study has as a...

  19. Croquet & lawn bowls

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    Croquet & lawn bowls

    2011-01-01

    Croquet The season is well underway and several events have taken place: the Opening Event on 30th April, a PRO-AM doubles tournament, was won by Danny Davids in May the Swiss team of Ian Sexton, Norman Eatough, Danny Davids and Dave Underhill won the Rheingold Pokal at CERN in resounding fashion, with 33 wins against Germany’s 13 and Austria’s 8. in June the Swiss team of Ian Sexton, Norman Eatough and Dave Underhill competed in the European Team Championship in Cheltenham, England, in May, coming 2nd in the Continental Nations’ Trophy behind Spain and 6th overall on July 2nd, Norman Eatough won the Swiss Golf croquet Handicap championship on July 8th Barbara Perkins won the Women’s Swiss Golf croquet championship, for the third successive year on July 10th, Ian Sexton won the Swiss Golf croquet championship in mid-July, Dave Underhill is competing in the World Golf croquet championship in London. The English Croquet Association team will play the Swiss ...

  20. Eficiência do triclopyr no controle de plantas daninhas em gramado (Paspalum notatum Triclopyr efficiency in controlling weeds in the lawn (Paspalum notatum

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    Full Text Available As plantas daninhas interferem nos gramados, prejudicando a sua formação, qualidade e estética. O carrapicho-beiço-de-boi (Desmodium incanum e a zórnia (Zornia latifolia, quando não controlados, podem atingir níveis de infestação que chegam a dizimar o gramado. Dentre as diversas técnicas de manejo de plantas daninhas em gramados, destaca-se o emprego de herbicidas; todavia, as informações sobre a utilização desses produtos em gramados são escassas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência do herbicida triclopyr no controle de Desmodium incanum e Zornia latifolia, infestantes da grama-batatais (Paspalum notatum. O trabalho foi desenvolvido em gramado estabelecido no campus da Universidade Federal de Viçosa, em Viçosa-MG, entre os meses de abril e maio de 2000. Os tratamentos avaliados foram seis doses do triclopyr (0,00; 0,24; 0,48; 0,72; 0,96; e 1,20 kg ha-1 e uma dose do 2,4-D + picloram (0,48 + 0,128 kg ha-1, dispostos em delineamento experimental com blocos ao acaso e quatro repetições. O tamanho de cada parcela foi de 12 m² (4,0 x 3,0 m, sendo os tratamentos aplicados em uma faixa de 2,0 m de largura, ficando 1,0 m como testemunha lateral, para auxiliar nas avaliações visuais. Foram realizadas avaliações de fitotoxicidade aos 10 e 20 DAT (Dias Após o Tratamento e nível de controle aos 15 e 30 DAT, ambos com base na testemunha lateral. Em nenhum dos tratamentos avaliados verificaram-se danos na qualidade do gramado. A partir das doses de 0,48 e 0,66 kg ha-1 de triclopyr foram obtidos controles iguais ou superiores a 90% de Desmodium incanum e Zornia latifolia, respectivamente. Esses resultados foram semelhantes ao do tratamento-padrão (2,4D + picloram a 0,48 + 0,128 kg ha-1. Concluiu-se que o triclopyr mostrou-se seletivo para grama-batatais, proporcionando excelente controle das plantas daninhas acima mencionadas.Weeds interfere in the formation, quality and aesthetics of the lawn. Desmodium incanum

  1. BAOTOU CITY STUDY OF CHEMICAL CONTROL LAWN WEEDS%包头城区草坪杂草化学防除的研究

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    王立清; 李强; 刘宇

    2011-01-01

    The weed speciesis and infestation laws were studied in the garden lawn of Baotou. The results showed that; Bentazon 1 500ml/hm2 - 3 600ml/hm2 was herbicide on the stem and leaf of broad - leaved weeds in turf grass (4-15 leaves) ; Weedicide 180 - 120ml/hm2 was herbicide on the stem and leaf of annual grass weedsturf ; Weedicide II 160ml/hm2 -240ml/hm2 was a soil sealant; It was effective controlled Pennisetum flaecidum by 10% glyphosate aqueous 15kg/hm2 plus 750g washing powder. Within the recommended range of medicinal, lawn after application did not find any injury symptoms, and good safety.%本文阐述了包头城区草坪中的杂草种类,发生特点和规律,研究出适合包头城区草坪杂草的化学防除技术.结果表明:苯达松1 500ml/hm2 -3 600ml/hm2是成坪草坪中阔叶杂草(4叶-15叶)的茎叶处理剂;除杂1号80ml/hm2 - 120ml/hm2是成坪草坪中1a生禾本科杂草的茎叶处理剂;除杂2号180mL/hm2 - 240ml/hm2作为土壤封闭剂;10%草甘磷水剂15kg/hm2加750g洗衣粉助剂是多年生恶性杂草白草的防除技术.在推荐药用量范围内,施药后未发现草坪出现任何药害症状,安全性较好.

  2. 北方冷季型草坪养护管理的主要问题及对策%The Main Problems and Corresponding Maintenance and Management Measures with Cool-season Lawn in the Northern Region

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    胡慧芳

    2012-01-01

    The main problems on lawn maintenance and management include two aspects. The first is that every measure does not reach the designated position, the other is that The measures do not coordinate. So On the maintenance and management of lawn, Not only to do a good job of each measure, but also pay attention to the coordinated measures.%北方冷季型草坪养护管理中的主要问题概括为两个方面,一是单项管理不到位,二是各项管理措施之间不协调.因此,不仅应该做好单项管理,而且应加强各个养护管理措施之间的协调.

  3. 北方地区冷季型草坪的夏季养护管理技术%Summer Maintenance Management Techniques of Cool-season Lawn in North China

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    刘晓宏; 潘百涛

    2011-01-01

    The main type lawn in North China was cool-season. But it had problems of intolerance to high temperature. Techniques of cutting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, disease and pest control were introduced according to the difficult to summer of maintaining cool-season lawns in North China.%北方地区以种植冷季型草坪为主,但冷季型草坪不耐受高温,存在越夏困难问题,该文从修剪、浇水、施肥、防除杂草及病虫害防治等方面介绍了北方地区冷季型草坪在夏季的养护管理技术。

  4. Effect of hydrogel and different types of fertilizers on the number of turf shoots in lawns created by monocultures of red fescue (Festuca rubra L. cultivars and its mixtures

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine the effect of the hydrogel content in the soil substrate on the number of shoots per unit area of grass lawns with different proportions of red fescue and monoculture turf produced from the following fescue cultivars: Adio, Libano, Corail, Simone. In the period 2003-2004, a field experiment was carried out in a randomized block design in four replications. In combination with a hydrogel (Aqua-Gel P4, 0.05 kg x m-2 of sorbent was placed at a depth of 10 cm below the soil surface in 2002. Another experimental factor was the type of fertilizer. Trawovit (a fertilizer with standard effects and Sierrablen (a controlled-release fertilizer were used for this purpose. The quantities of fertilizer and time of fertilization date followed manufacturer's instructions. The number of shoots per 1 m2 was determined at the end of the growing season. The study showed that, regardless of years of cultivation, the type of soil substrate and fertilizer, the average number of shoots for the mixtures was about 32% lower than for monoculture lawns. The presence of the hydrogel in the soil substrate regulated soil moisture, and therefore in the mixture lawns the values of the tested features were significantly higher in the treatments with hydrogel. Fertilization with Trawovit, regardless of the type of soil substrate (H, BH, does not lead to a statistically significant difference in the number of shoots between the studied mixtures. However, in the treatments fertilized with Sierrablen, the presence of the hydrogel in the soil substrate caused a significant increase in the traits examined for the mixtures containing, respectively, 20 and 80% of red fescue in their composition. The addition of Aqua-Gel P4 to the soil substrate, when the turf lawns were fertilized with Trawovit, resulted in a significant increase in the number of shoots for the cultivars Adio, Libano and Corail.

  5. DYNAMICS OF CHANGES IN MICROORGANISMS IN RHIZOSPHERE ZONE OF LAWN GRASSES IN THE SECOND YEAR AFTER THE APPLICATION OF SEWAGE SLUDGE

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    Elżbieta Wołejko

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to present the dynamics of changes in the number of selected microorganisms in the rhizosphere zone of grasses two years after the application of sewage sludge. The study was conducted on four specially prepared research plots along the main roads in Bialystok. Three doses of sewage sludge were applied: 0 (control, 7.5 and 15 kg/m2. Then the plots were seeded with two mixtures of lawn grasses: Eko and Roadside. Samples of roots with soil were collected three times during the vegetation period of 2012 (April, July and October and assayed for the total number of bacteria, the number of Gram-negative bacteria, the number of Pseudomonas fluorescens, the number of amylolytic and proteolytic bacteria. Microbiological tests of the rhizosphere showed seasonal variations of all investigated microbiological parameters. The greatest average of the total number of bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria and proteolytic bacteria was observed on the plots in April, amylolytic bacteria in July while in the case of Pseudomonas fluorescens was observed on the plots in October. The time of measurement had the biggest impact on the number of microorganisms. An increased number of microorganisms was observed on all plots in April. Whereas, the fertilization with sewage sludge and grass mixtures did not affect the microbiological parameters.

  6. Evaluation the vigour of urban green lawn grown under long-term shade conditions by the use of chlorophyll fluorescence technique

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    Dąbrowski Piotr

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Unfavorable light conditions in urban areas are one of the most important cause of inappropriate grass communities condition. The possibility to detect the plant stress caused by shade is an important element in shaping the environment. The answer to following questions: what is the ability to detect the stress caused by shade in chosen lawn varieties of Perennial ryegrass by using the chlorophyll a fluorescence (O-J-I-P test and which of tested varieties has the best properties to create grasslands in reduced light conditions is the aim of this work. Two-factor experimental micro-plot was conducted with three varieties and three different shadowing variants. Chlorophyll a fluorescence measurements were provided and were compared to leaf density. Our results explored significant difference between selected varieties in the terms of their photosynthetic apparatus adaption to light conditions. During May, all tested varieties were characterized by the rise of all fluorescence curve points under lower light intensity. The largest changes under shade conditions were noticed for the variety ‘Taya’. During next months a declining trend of photosynthetic efficiency for this variety was observed. On the basis of our results, we assume that each variety has unique threshold and needs of light intensity.

  7. Fabrication of 3D lawn-shaped N-doped porous carbon matrix/polyaniline nanocomposite as the electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Xiuling; Ma, Li; Gan, Mengyu; Fu, Gang; Jin, Meng; Lei, Yao; Yang, Peishu; Yan, Maofa

    2017-02-01

    A facile approach to acquire electrode materials with prominent electrochemical property is pivotal to the progress of supercapacitors. 3D nitrogen-doped porous carbon matrix (PCM), with high specific surface area (SSA) up to 2720 m2 g-1, was obtained from the carbonization and activation of the nitrogen-enriched composite precursor (graphene/polyaniline). Then 3D lawn-shaped PCM/PANI composite was obtained by the simple in-situ polymerization. The morphology and structure of these resulting composites were characterized by combining SEM and TEM measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy analyses and Raman spectroscope. The element content of all samples was evaluated using CHN analysis. The results of electrochemical testing indicated that the PCM/PANI composite displays a higher capacitance value of 527 F g-1 at 1 A g-1 compared to 338 F g-1 for pure PANI, and exhibits appreciable rate capability with a retention of 76% at 20 A g-1 as well as fine long-term cycling performance (with 88% retention of specific capacitance after 1000 cycles at 10 A g-1). Simultaneously, the excellent capacitance performance coupled with the facile synthesis of PCM/PANI indicates it is a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  8. 太原市草坪秋季杂草与草坪草的生态关系分析%Ecological Relationship Analysis between the Weeds and Turf Grasses of Autumn Lawn in Taiyuan City

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    刘艳; 李素清

    2011-01-01

    Based on the field investigation, TWINSPAN and DCA were applied to the analysis of the lawn plant communities in the fall of 2009 in Taiyuan city. The result indicated that: (i) there were 70 invasive weed species that belongs to 29 families, 59 genera in the lawn of Taiyuan. Those species are mostly consisted of Composite and Grass Family. (ii) TWINSPAN classified the 72 quadrats into 14 associations, and the species composition and quantity of weeds were affected by species characteristics of lawn; (iii) the result of DCA ordination indicated that the management levels of lawn were the dominant factors responsible for the weed distribution in lawn. The first axis of DCA indicated the soil moisture gradient among the communities, while the second axis expressed the level of weeding and mowing.%2009年秋季对太原市不同类型的草坪植物进行物种调查和数量分类排序研究.结果表明,太原市草坪秋季人侵杂草种类达29科59属70种,其中菊科和禾本科的杂草最多;TWINSPAN分类将所调查的72个样方划分为14个群丛,各群丛的草坪草或主要的杂草有所不同;样方和优势种的DCA排序图第1轴反映了草坪土壤的湿度,沿着湿度梯度,草坪杂草由耐旱植物过渡为中生植物,第2轴反映了草坪除杂修剪程度的变化,除杂修剪程度不同,杂草的侵人种数和数量也不相同,人工管理养护水平是影响草坪杂草入侵的主导因子.

  9. Characteristics of Evapotranspiration of Urban Lawns in a Sub-Tropical Megacity and Its Measurement by the ‘Three Temperature Model + Infrared Remote Sensing’ Method

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Evapotranspiration (ET is one of the most important factors in urban water and energy regimes. Because of the extremely high spatial heterogeneity of urban area, accurately measuring ET using conventional methods remains a challenge due to their fetch requirements and low spatial resolution. The goals of this study were to investigate the characteristics of urban ET and its main influencing factors and subsequently to improve a fetch-free, high spatial resolution method for urban ET estimation. The Bowen ratio and the ‘three-temperature model (3T model + infrared remote sensing (RS’ methods were used for these purposes. The results of this study are listed in the following lines. (1 Urban ET is mainly affected by solar radiation and the effects of air humidity, wind velocity, and air temperature are very weak; (2 The average daily, monthly, and annual ETs of the urban lawn are 2.70, 60–100, and 990 mm, respectively, which are obvious compared with other landscapes; (3 The ratio of ET to precipitation is 0.65 in the wet season and 2.6 in the dry season, indicating that most of the precipitation is evaporated; (4 The fetch-free approach of ‘3T model + infrared RS’ is verified to be an accurate method for measuring urban ET and it agrees well with the Bowen ratio method (R2 is over 0.93 and the root mean square error is less than 0.04 mm h−1; (5 The spatial heterogeneity of urban ET can also be accurately estimated by the proposed approach. These results are helpful for improving the accuracy of ET estimation in urban areas and are useful for urban water and environmental planning and management.

  10. 生态园林绿地建设中应用树木与草坪效果对比分析%ANALYSIS OF EFFECT OF TREE AND LAWN ON THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN GREEN SURFACE

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    姜国义

    2001-01-01

    本文从树木与草坪在用水量、观赏时间、造价、管理成本和环保上的5项指标进行对比,论述了风沙、干旱地区的绿地建设应该是树木为本,花草点缀,乔木为主,灌木为辅的原则。%In this paper,was conducted a comparison between tree and lawn in5 aspects:water consumption,view time,cost,management expenses and environment protection.It was indicated that in the green surface construction of arid area,trees are principal and flowers and grass are embellishing plants;arbor is main and shrub is subsidiary.

  11. Research of the Qinglong River Revetment Lawn Planting Engineering Construction and Management%青龙河护岸草坪建植工程施工与管理研究

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    唐登明

    2012-01-01

    在分析青龙河气候特点和土壤环境的基础上,提出了青龙河护岸草坪建植的基本要求,选择天堂328、尤文图斯、猎狗5号和马尼拉等优良品种,采取混播法培育草坪,并加强播前土壤改良和草种处理,抓好苗期修剪与追肥除杂,突出建成草坪的管理技术要点,提高了青龙河护岸草坪的护岸功能与观赏效果,对园林草坪工程的建设与施工具有较好的指导意义,%Based on analyzing Qinglong River features of the cfimate and soil environment, the basic requirements of Qinglong River revetment turf were put fro'ward, the revetment function and ornamental effect of Qinglong River revetment turf were improved to guid significance on the garden lawn engineering building and constrm.tion, by choosing Heaven 328, Juventus, Hound No.5, Manila and other fine varieties, taking mixed sowing method to cultivate turf, strengthening the soil improved before sowing and seed treatment, carefully catching seedling pruning and topdressing impurity, highlighting the key management techniques of the built lawn.

  12. Study on the Prevention and Control Effects of Different Herbicide on the Lawn Weed%不同除草剂防治草坪地杂草药效研究

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    张晓玮

    2012-01-01

    The six herbicides of Flazasulfuron,Haloxyfop-R-methyl,Fenoxaprop-P-ethyl,2,4-D butylate, Bentazone and Xiaoza were used to study the prevention effects of herbicide on the weed grown in Manilagrass lawn (Zoysia matrella) in Fuyang city.The weed involved Bermudagrass,Crabgrass,Goosegrass,Nutgrass Galingale Rhizome,Hollow lotus seed grass and Field Speedwell etc.The results showed that the treatment of Haloxyfop-R-methyl had harmful effects on the lawn,and the addition of Flazasulfuron and Xiaoza were effective for the prevention of mostly weeds.It could be found that the prevention efficiency on Hollow lotus seed grass,Nutgrass Galingale Rhizome,Crabgrass and Goosegrass were over 85%after treating for 30 days.%采用啶嘧磺隆、高效盖草能、骠马、2,4D-丁酯、苯达松、坪安5号6种除草剂对阜阳市马尼拉草坪(Zoysiamatrella)上常见杂草狗牙根、马唐、牛筋草、香附子、空心莲子草、婆婆纳等进行药效试验。结果表明,高效盖草能处理对草坪有明显的伤害;啶嘧磺隆和消杂对所选的主要杂草防治效果较好,对空心莲子草、香附子、马唐、牛筋草的30d株防治效果都在85%以上。

  13. Seasonal Dynamics of Fine Root Growth and Death in Urban Forests and Lawns of Fuzhou%福州市片林和草坪细根生长与死亡的季节动态

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    邵棉丽; 曾文静; 黄惠; 张江勇; 刘静; 李熙波

    2014-01-01

    The net growth and turnover of fine roots have crucial impacts on underground carbon process in urban green space .This study used soil core method and minirhizotron technique to investi-gate seasonal dynamic of fine root growth , fine root death as well as the net production of urban green space in Fuzhou.The results indicates: 1) There were obviously and similar seasonal dynamics in fine root growth and death in urban forests and lawns .2 ) Climatic factors ( air temperature and precip-itation) had different effect on the changes of growth and death of fine root in urban green space , be-sides, there were other factors related to death of fine root .3) Seasonal dynamics of the fine root net production in urban forests and urban lawn were different .The fine root net production in the urban forests was higher than that of urban lawns .4) The net productions of foot root in urban green space were lower than that in natural forests and grasslands , which may be due to the influences of human management and the deviation of different methods .%细根的净生长与周转在城市绿地地下碳过程中具有至关重要的影响。本研究采用微根管法与土钻法相结合,对福建省福州市市区内城市绿地细根生长死亡及其净生产量的季节动态进行研究。结果表明:1)城市片林与城市草坪的细根生长死亡的季节动态明显,且季节动态模式相似。2)气温和降水因子对于城市片林和草坪的细根生长量及死亡量的影响不同。细根的死亡除了与气温、降水等因子有关之外,还与其他因子密切联系。3)城市片林与城市草坪的细根净生产量的季节动态有所不同,且片林的细根年净生产量大于草坪。4)城市片林和草坪的细根年净生产量小于天然森林和天然草原,这可能与人为管理措施的影响以及不同研究方法的偏差有关。

  14. Effects of biological drying sludge on growth and environmental effect of Manila lawn%生物干化污泥对马尼拉草坪生长性状和环境效应的影响

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    黄明强; 谢小青; 黄强; 周亮; 黄金阳; 卢昌义

    2011-01-01

    为使城市生活污泥得以无害化、资源化综合利用,研究了经无害化处理的生物干化污泥对马尼拉草坪生长状况和土壤效应的影响.结果表明,随着生物干化污泥施用量的增加,马尼拉草叶绿素含量和生物量逐渐提高,但施用量超过1250g·m-2后,对马尼拉草的促进作用不再显著.生物干化污泥对马尼拉草坪具有较好的培肥效应,草坪土壤脲酶、蔗糖酶、过氧化氢酶活性显著提高.施用生物干化污泥还可提高土壤全氮、全磷、无机氮和速效磷含量,施用后不会造成土壤重金属污染.在园林绿地草坪使用,只要将施用量控制在1250g·m-2以下,是基本安全的,这为生物干化污泥在园林草坪上的推广应用提供科学依据.%To enhance the utilization of detoxified city sewage sludge, the effect of biological drying sludge on growth and environmental effect of Manila lawn (Zoysia matrella) were studied in this paper. The results indicated biological drying sludge showed good effect on the growth of the Manila and the improvement of soil fertility. It showed that dramatic enhancement of Manilas chlorophyll and biomass with increasing application rates of biological drying sludge. However, more than 1 2S0 g · m-2 application on the grass, the promotion of Manila were no longer significant. At the same time, there was observable dramatic improvement of the activities of soil urease, sucrase and catalase. Biological drying sludge proved the total and effective nutrient contents of N and P in soil, and not caused pollution of soil heavy metals. Green lawn in the garden of the use of biological drying sludge, as long as the annual application rate control below 1 250 g · m-2 was basic security. These provide experimental basis for the promoting the application of biological drying sludge to gardens and green lands.

  15. Design of automatic lawn spray distributor system based on ZigBee%基于ZigBee的智能化草坪自动喷水系统设计

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    刘智

    2012-01-01

    为了解决现有绿化养护中存在的人力浪费、布线复杂、维护繁杂等问题,采用ZigBee网络技术设计了一套智能化草坪自动喷水系统。该系统基于ZigBee网络,以CC2430模块为核心,整个传感网络由无线采集节点、路由器和监测基站组成。实践表明,该系统具有良好的实用功能,适合于绿化管理数字化建设的需求,具有较好的市场前景。%By solving the problems of human resources waste, complex cabling and troublesome maintenance .in green mainte- nance, we design a set of automatic lawn spray distribution system based on ZigBee with core module as CC2430. The sensor net- work consists of wireless acquisition nodes, router and the measurement station. Practice indicates that the system has a good practi- cabihty and meets the need of digitization construction in green management which has good market prospects.

  16. Analysis of Haplocladium microphyllum Occurrence in Lawn and Its Population Distribution Pattern%杂草性细叶小羽藓在草坪上的发生及其种群分布格局分析

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    王煊妮; 张玉涵; 林青霞; 郭水良

    2012-01-01

    对上海师范大学奉贤校区5个代表性草坪上细叶小羽藓进行了调查.结果发现,细叶小羽藓发生平均盖度达50%以上,严重段达76%.细叶小羽藓多呈集群分布,在调查区域内,细叶小羽藓均在3.6~4.0m、7.2~9.6 m的范围内出现明显斑块.说明细叶小羽藓斑块的出现与其入侵年限和入侵地生境异质性相关,细叶小羽藓的入侵会抑制草坪草的生长.%5 representative Haplocladium microphyllum lawnweeds in Fengxian campus of Shanghai Normal University were investigated. The result showed that average coverage rate of H. microphyllum in lawn is 50% , 76% appeared in some serious lot. In the surveying area,//, microphyllum usually distributed in a isolating cluster fashion and presented obvious patches in the range of 3. 4 -4. 0 m and 7. 2 -9. 6 m. It indicated that patches emergence of H. microphyllum might be associated with the invasion years and habitat heterogeneity of the invasion site, and the invasion of//, microphyllum could inhibit growth of the turfgrass.

  17. 土壤改良剂对垃圾土生长的五种草坪植物生理特性的影响%Effects of Soil Remediators on the Physiological Characteristics of Lawn Plants in Landfill Soil

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    聂磊; 钟秋凤

    2014-01-01

    The effects of the soil remediators composed of bio-char and apatite on the growth and the physiological character-istics of lawn plants grown in landfill soil from a simple dumping-type waste landfill were investigated. The results showed that relative conductivity, the contents of MDA and free proline of Zoysia tenuifolia, Eremochloa ophiuroides and Axonopus affonis were significantly increased under landfill soil treatment. The chlorophyll contents, net photosynthetic rate (Pn), root activity and nitrate reductase acticity were decreased. The biomass accumulation was reduced. Soil remediators alleviated the membrane lipid peroxidation of Zoysia tenuifolia, Eremochloa ophiuroides induced from landfill soil, therefore improved the stress resistance and growth activity of lawn plants. Landfill soil treatment did not caused the stress environment to Arachis duranensis and Wedelia trilobata. Instead, landfill soil environment had the stimulative effects on the growth, similar to the behavior of soil remediators. The results could provide technical basis for land recycling, environment remediation and grass-land construction and planning.%以简易垃圾填埋场的垃圾土为研究对象,通过5种草坪植物盆栽试验,研究了添加生物质焦、磷灰石等改良剂对草坪植物生长及抗逆性的影响。结果表明,垃圾土处理能明显增加细叶结缕草、假俭草和大叶油草叶片的相对电导率和 MDA、脯氨酸的含量,从而加剧植物质膜透性和膜脂过氧化程度,进而明显降低叶绿素含量、净光合速率、根系活力以及硝酸还原酶活性,最终减少植物生物量的积累。由生物质焦和磷灰石组成的土壤改良剂对于缓解垃圾土对细叶结缕草和假俭草叶片质膜伤害、提高植物的抗逆性、改善植物的生长活性有着较明显的作用。垃圾土生长环境并未对蔓花生和三裂叶蟛蜞菊造成逆境胁迫,垃圾土和土壤改良剂处理能

  18. 广东省草皮种植场和城市草坪红火蚁发生为害程度调查%Infestation of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) at turf plantations and lawns in Guangdong

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    李慎磊; 曾玲; 许益镌; 陆永跃

    2014-01-01

    The key measures in managing the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren were to effectively control the spread, and reduce the risk of spread .One of the important expansion ways for S.invicta is via human transportation with turf material.[Method]We examined the density of live nests , rate of bait trap occupancy , number of workers captured/bait trap, and the rate of infected turf plantation to reveal the infestation by S.invicta at the turf plantations of the cities of Shiji , Zengcheng , Nans-han, and Boluo in Guangdong Province , and on urban lawns of the cities of Guangzhou , Shenzhen and Huizhou in Guangdong Prov-ince, southern China.[Result]S.invicta was widely present on turf plantations of Guangdong , and the consequent risk of spread of the ant with the turf was very high .The infestations of the fire ant on turf plantations in different regions varied significantly .In the four surveyed regions , the fire ant at the turf plantations in Boluo , Huizhou was the most serious:the density of live nests was 0.85 ind./100 m2 , 56.75%of bait traps captured workers , 16.80 workers were captured/bait trap, and 83.60%of the turf plantations were infected.The smallest values of these parameters were found in Nanshan , Shenzhen, with values of 0.11 ind./100 m2, 9.62%, 0.92 ind./bait, and 24.50%, respectively.The fire ants were common at urban lawns in Guangdong , with the highest in-festation in Huizhou, with values of 1.49 ind./100 m2, 10.46%, 14.30 ind./bait, and 62.86%, respectively.Turf grass species had a significant effect on ant infestation .The fire ant infestation was the heaviest for Eremochloa ophiuroides, and the above four in-dices were 1.40 ind./100 m2 , 6.85%, 5.57 ind./bait, and 51.43%, respectively.The fire ant infestations were serious in the old quarters of the city , and lower in the new ones .Most of the fire ants infected the newly planted lawns and pastures .[Conclusion and significance]The infestation of S.invicta at the turf

  19. Influences of Different Peat Ratios on Lawn Grass on Saline Soils%不同泥炭配比对盐碱土上草坪草的影响

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    李磊; 王绍华

    2014-01-01

    在实验室条件下,分析了不同泥炭配比使用后对盐碱土pH值、有机质、碱解氮、速效磷钾、土壤中微生物数量以及草坪草生长量的影响,探讨了施用不同泥炭配比对盐碱土上促进草坪生长在园林上的作用。结果表明:使用不同配比泥炭均能改善土壤pH 值,增加土壤中有机质含量,增加土壤中速效态氮、磷、钾的含量,土壤中微生物数量也增加,改善土壤的理化性质,尤其是 T4处理,使草坪草的生长量比对照增加1.59倍。%In laboratory conditions , this article analyzes the influences of using different proportion peat on saline alkali soil pH ,organic matter ,available nitrogen ,available phosphorus and potassium ,microbial quantity in soil , and the growth of lawn grass ,and investigates the effects of different peat proportion on saline alkali soil which is considered to promote grass growth in garden .The results show that using different proportion peat can improve soil pH value ,increase the content of organic matter in the soil ,raise the content of soil available nitrogen ,phosphorus , potassium ,add the number of microorganisms in the soil ,and improve the physical and chemical properties of soil , especially T4 treatment which makes the growth oflawn grass increase 1 .59 times .

  20. 草坪喷播专用粘着剂及其配料的研究%Studies on special lawn spraying and sowing adhesive agents and their batches

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    于凤芝; 赵煜

    2001-01-01

    Two special adhesive agents, one is emulsified, and the other is powered, were developed for lawn spraying and sowing. The two preparations could significantly increase the content of waterstable granular structure; Under the same soil viscosity, the content of waterstable granular structure with 1~5 mm size was 16. 6%~23.4% higher than that of the imported FIN500 powder. The viscosity of the emulsive preparation was better than the imported one, and that of the powder preparation was similar to the imported one. Experi-mental and field use revealed that these two agents could present shallow landslide and runoff on the slope, promote the growth of turfgrass without any poisonous and harmful effects. It is considered that the two preparations and their batches could replace the imported products.%课题研制的两个剂型草坪喷播专用粘着剂,能明显提高土壤中水稳性团粒结构的含量,在相同粘度下土壤中1~5 mm粒级的水稳性团粒结构的含量比使用进口FIN500粉剂处理高16.6~23.4个百分点。能有效地防止斜坡的浅层滑坡及径流。在粘接性上乳液粘着剂优于进口粉剂,自产粉剂与进口粉剂基本上相同。试验及大面积应用结果表明,草坪喷播专用粘着剂及其它配料,粘接性好、无毒、无害,促进草坪草生长,可代替国外同类产品。

  1. Comparative Technique Analysis of Top Women's Singles Players in Lawn Tennis Tournament%世界优秀女子网球单打选手草地赛技术比较分析

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    陈亨明

    2012-01-01

    采用文献资料法、录像分析法和数理统计法,对2012年温布尔登网球锦标赛和伦敦奥运会网球比赛两项赛事的女子单打冠亚军技术进行比较分析。结果表明:发球技术是小威廉姆斯取胜的关键,强有力的底线进攻是她的又一制胜法宝。随着运动员各方面技术水平的提高,在未来的网球草地赛中,将更加考验运动员的发球技术水平,运动员的接发球技术也将会更加主动,底线型打法将成为未来网坛打法的主流。%Using methods of documentation, video analysis and mathematical statistics, this paper makes comparative analysis on techniques of women's singles championship in 2012 Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Olympic Games of London. The results show that: serve technique is the key of Serena William's success, and base llne attack another trump. With athletes'technical level improvement in all aspects, serve technique will be more focused in future lawn tennis tournament, thus receive technique will be more active, making the base line play the mainstream.

  2. A Research on Engineering Application of Inter-seeding Perennial Rye-grass seeds in Dwarf Cynodon Datylon Lawn with Multiple Measures during Autumn in Huzhou Region%矮生百慕大草坪秋季不同措施下交播多年生黑麦草籽研究

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    邓将

    2015-01-01

    Perennial rye-grass seeds with different rate of seeding have been inter-seeded in dwarf Cynodon dactylon lawns with similar substrate and management during different time. Successful practices for three years indicated that with 12 hours of soaking and a seeding rate of 30 grams per square-meter in late September, the lawns produce optimum effect in winter and that the least negative effect is brought to the turning green of dwarf Cynodon dactylon in next March or April. This applied research provides Huzhou and even the regions of Hangzhou and Jiaxing with valuable reference, where the inter-seeding mentioned above in winter can be implemented and the synchronous landscape of lawn be improved as well.%在相同基质和管控水平的矮生百慕大草坪上,采用不同时间节点、不同播种量交播多年生黑麦草草籽。通过连续3年的交播比较发现,湖州地区9月下旬浸种12 h,播种量30 g/m2的草坪冬季效果最佳,春季3、4月份对底草矮生百慕大返青影响最小。本研究为湖州及杭嘉湖地区矮生百慕大草坪冬季交播多年生黑麦草草籽、提升冬季草坪景观效果提供借鉴。

  3. 西方草坪建植观念之形成及其全球传播(下):亚非等地的接受与发展%The Formation and Diffusion of the Idea of Lawn on a Global Scale (2):Introduction and Development in Africa and Asia

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    刘亦师

    2016-01-01

    19世纪以后草坪已成为西欧城乡景观的重要部分,并随着西方殖民主义的扩张被迅速传播到非西方世界,在各地经历了不同的接受和发展历程,并被赋予了不同的社会、政治和文化意义。本文论述草坪作为西方城市近代性的象征被引入北非、南亚和东亚,及其迅速改变城市景观特征和城市生活方式的历史过程,在3个层面上讨论草坪在这些非西方地区的发展:以公园为代表的公共空间,以机关的园区和周边环境为代表的半公共空间,以及以私人住宅为代表的私有空间,比较东、西方草坪建植观念和实践的异同。%Since the nineteenth century, lawn has been a dominant element in shaping Western urban landscape, and was brought to non-Western world through European colonialism. This paper outlines the introduction of the idea of lawn as a symbol of modernity in North Africa, India and East Asia that rapidly changed urban landscape and lifestyle. Then, compare practice and attitudes of lawn in different non-Western countries on three levels: pubic space such as parks, semi-public space such as the campuses of newly-built institutions, and private space such as mansions in the city.

  4. Environmental justice: Grass roots reach the White House lawn

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    Kratch, K.

    1995-05-01

    When 500 demonstrators gathered in 1982 to protest the siting of a polychlorinated-biphenyl landfill in predominantly black Warren County, N.C., cries of environmental racism filled the air. In response, District of Columbia Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy requested that the General Accounting Office investigate a possible link between hazardous waste landfill siting and the racial and socio-economic mix of surrounding communities. The environmental justice movement, as it is known today, had been born. Environmental justice is conceived as the right of all people--regardless of race, ethnicity, culture or income--to live in a healthy environment, breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat uncontaminated foods. The concept assumes that everyone is entitled to fair environmental protection without any population segment bearing a disproportionate pollution burden.

  5. 2688-IJBCS-Article-Iboukoum Fidèle Lawn

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    hp

    pratiquées, on note la conservation au champ (21 espèces concernées) et la conservation dans les jardins de case (34 ... changements climatiques, la surexploitation, l'agriculture, .... ont été: les organes recherchés : les impacts de ... distribution géographique et abondance : une ...... des plantes médicinales dans la région.

  6. 草坪清理记%Cleaning the Lawn

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    Jim Fabiano

    2005-01-01

    @@ There I stood at the end of my driveway,looking out over my front yard for the first time since late November. Obviously I've looked at my yard before but this was important because I was pretty sure the last snow had fallen,which meant there was nothing to conceal all the debris1 that had found its way onto my property.

  7. DEPENDENCE OF VEGETATION STATE ON FAIRWAYS LAWN OF THE GOLF COURSES FROM ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS Зависимость состояния растительного покрова игровой зоны «фервей» гольф-поля от экологических факторов

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    Romanuta E. M.

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The dependence of the grass cover state of the golf courses from the soil properties was observed. The soils named “replantozem” are the basic soil of gaming zone of "fairway". It is shown, that the heavy particle size structure with a predominance of clay particles is unfavorable to the lawn. During the golf course construction, natural soils were ameliorated with high sand content. This new made soils ensure the formation of better grass coverage despite the low humus content

  8. FruitGrowth - Gasburning in Orchards - Environment friendly weed control

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    Bertelsen, Keld Kjærhus; Duzel, Jasmin; Nielsen, Søren Hundevadt

    Gas burning makes treatment of weed organic. The new ENVO-DAN burner saves 40% gas and treats ½ meter in width. It can be mounted on a standard lawn tractor, orchard tractor or a mobile robot.......Gas burning makes treatment of weed organic. The new ENVO-DAN burner saves 40% gas and treats ½ meter in width. It can be mounted on a standard lawn tractor, orchard tractor or a mobile robot....

  9. [Vibration on agricultural tractors].

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    Peretti, Alessandro; Delvecchio, Simone; Bonomini, Francesco; di Bisceglie, Anita Pasqua; Colosio, Claudio

    2013-01-01

    In the article, details related to the diffusion of agricultural tractors in Italy are given and considerations about the effects of vibration on operators, the sources of vibration and suggestions to reduce them are presented. The acceleration values observed in Italy amongst 244 tractors and levels of worker exposure are shown by means of histograms. The relevant data variability is discussed.

  10. Tractor & Machinery Safety. 1984 Revision.

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    Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena. Dept. of Vocational Education Services.

    This curriculum guide is intended for use in teaching an instructional unit in tractor and machinery safety that is geared toward college freshmen. Addressed in the individual lessons of the unit are the following topics: understanding the importance of safe and efficient tractor operation, understanding the characteristics of tractors, preparing…

  11. Tractor Operation and Daily Care.

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    Fore, J. M.; And Others

    Written for the tractor operator, the manual describes, with the aid of colored illustrations and diagrams, the tasks involved in the proper operation and daily maintenance of tractors. It offers explanations for the desirability of the various servicing and adjustment operations, as well as guidelines for tractor operation and safety. The…

  12. Cherryfields Housing with Care Scheme, 2D Cherryfields Lawn, Hartstown, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

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    Sills, Eric Scott

    2009-01-01

    The development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as a treatment for human infertilty was among the most controversial medical achievements of the modern era. In Ireland, the fate and status of supranumary (non-transferred) embryos derived from IVF brings challenges both for clinical practice and public health policy because there is no judicial or legislative framework in place to address the medical, scientific, or ethical uncertainties. Complex legal issues exist regarding informed consent and ownership of embryos, particularly the use of non-transferred embryos if a couple separates or divorces. But since case law is only beginning to emerge from outside Ireland and because legislation on IVF and human embryo status is entirely absent here, this matter is poised to raise contractual, constitutional and property law issues at the highest level. Our analysis examines this medico-legal challenge in an Irish context, and summarises key decisions on this issue rendered from other jurisdictions. The contractual issues raised by the Roche case regarding informed consent and the implications the initial judgment may have for future disputes over embryos are also discussed. Our research also considers a putative Constitutional \\'right to procreate\\' and the implications EU law may have for an Irish case concerning the fate of frozen embryos. Since current Medical Council guidelines are insufficient to ensure appropriate regulation of the advanced reproductive technologies in Ireland, the report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction is most likely to influence embryo custody disputes. Public policy requires the establishment and implementation of a more comprehensive legislative framework within which assisted reproductive medical services are offered.

  13. It's a lawn mower! It's a weed whacker! No...it's a herd of goats!

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    EPA’s research facility in Narragansett, Rhode Island recently enlisted the help of a highly skilled landscaping team to create more pollinator-friendly habitat on the premises. The team doesn’t use chemicals or pollute the air with carbon emissions, can work on just...

  14. Off Our Lawns and out of Our Basements: How We (Mis)Understand the Millennial Generation

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    Mechler, Heather

    2013-01-01

    In this article, the author explores the existing research on the characteristics of Millennials within historical, social, and economic contexts. While many researchers have made claims about Millennials, they fail to consider how parenting styles, economic factors, historical events, and shifts in educational priorities may have created the…

  15. It's a lawn mower! It's a weed whacker! No...it's a herd of goats!

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    EPA’s research facility in Narragansett, Rhode Island recently enlisted the help of a highly skilled landscaping team to create more pollinator-friendly habitat on the premises. The team doesn’t use chemicals or pollute the air with carbon emissions, can work on just...

  16. The Influence of Sheep Fertilizing and Oversowing on the Lawns of the Cindrel Mountain

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    Mariana Rusu

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Massive Cindrel natural grasslands have an estimated yield between 1.9 to 3 t / ha. Applying environmentally friendly technologies are expected to improve the yield crops by reducing to extinction the floristic composition of some species like Nardus stricta, while Festuca rubra and Agrostis tennuis percentages increase and production yield rise 2 to 2.5 times. The paper aims to increase de intake rate of the pastures during grazing the areas with sheep, following by over seeding the surfaces with simple or complex mixtures of grasses and legumes. Suggested system is unpollutant and induces protection of the prato-ecosystems from the mountain regions.

  17. Insects and Related Pests of Trees, Shrubs, and Lawns. MP-25R.

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    Spackman, Everett W.; Lawson, Fred A.

    This document discusses identification and control of the pests of trees and shrubs. The insects are grouped according to feeding habits and the type of damage caused to plants. Categories include the sucking insects and mites, leaf eating insects, pests attacking trunks and branches, and gall causing insects. (CS)

  18. Lawn Structured Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Scavenging Sweeping Wind Energy on Rooftops.

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    Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Binbin; Chen, Jun; Jin, Long; Deng, Weili; Tang, Junfeng; Zhang, Haitao; Pan, Hong; Zhu, Minhao; Yang, Weiqing; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2016-02-24

    A novel triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) is designed, based on flexible and transparent vertical-strip arrays, for environmental wind-energy harvesting. Given the low cost, simple structure, and wide applicability, the TENGs present a green alternative to traditional methods used for large-scale wind-energy harvesting.

  19. Off Our Lawns and out of Our Basements: How We (Mis)Understand the Millennial Generation

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    Mechler, Heather

    2013-01-01

    In this article, the author explores the existing research on the characteristics of Millennials within historical, social, and economic contexts. While many researchers have made claims about Millennials, they fail to consider how parenting styles, economic factors, historical events, and shifts in educational priorities may have created the…

  20. Lawn Weed Control with Herbicides. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 123.

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    Agricultural Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.

    Information and diagrams are given for identification and treatment of weed grasses and broadleaf weeds. Herbicides are suggested for use against each weed and instructions are given for proper application. Information is given for buying herbicides, and applying sprays and cleaning sprayers. (BB)

  1. Subtleties Concerning Conformal Tractor Bundles

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    Graham, C Robin

    2012-01-01

    The realization of tractor bundles as associated bundles in conformal geometry is studied. It is shown that different natural choices of principal bundle with normal Cartan connection corresponding to a given conformal manifold can give rise to topologically distinct associated tractor bundles for the same inducing representation. Consequences for homogeneous models and conformal holonomy are described. A careful presentation is made of background material concerning standard tractor bundles and equivalence between parabolic geometries and underlying structures.

  2. Tractor Safety. Unit A-9.

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    Luft, Vernon D.; Backlund, Paul

    This document is a teacher's guide for a unit in tractor and machinery safety for college freshmen. It is intended to be used for 10 hours of instruction for freshmen who are intending to work on or around machinery. Safety hazards directly and indirectly related to many types of machinery are covered in addition to tractors. The objectives of the…

  3. A mission planner for an autonomous tractor

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    Bochtis, Dionysis; Vougioukas, S.G.; Griepentrog, Hans W.

    2009-01-01

    In this article, a mission planner of field coverage operations for an autonomous agricultural tractor is presented. Missions for a particular autonomous tractor are defined using an XML (extendible markup language) formatted file that can be uploaded to the tractor through the user interface...

  4. A mission planner for an autonomous tractor

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    Bochtis, Dionysis; Vougioukas, S.G.; Griepentrog, Hans W.

    2009-01-01

    In this article, a mission planner of field coverage operations for an autonomous agricultural tractor is presented. Missions for a particular autonomous tractor are defined using an XML (extendible markup language) formatted file that can be uploaded to the tractor through the user interface...

  5. Non-Diffractive Tractor Beams

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    Novitsky, Andrey; Gao, Dongliang; Gorlach, Alexey A.

    2017-01-01

    momentum to particles in the backward direction. The amplified forward scattering is achieved through the interaction of multipoles, conventionally electric and magnetic dipole moments. In this talk we give an overview of the tractor beams in optics, acoustics, classical and quantum mechanics. We...... demonstrate how to ease the conditions required in experiment for realization of the optical tractor beams using the cylindrical objects. We pay a particular attention to the case of the pulling optical force due to the interaction of magnetic dipole and quadrupole moments....

  6. ROPS deficiency of gray-market tractors.

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    Myers, M L; Purschwitz, M A

    2012-04-01

    Many used tractors that are imported from Japan are adding to the current national inventory in the U.S. and Canada of farm tractors that lack a rollover protective structure (ROPS). Gray-market tractors are built for use by the manufacturer for a certain country but are imported against the manufacture's wishes to a second country for use there, usually as a used tractor. Gray-market tractors may lack ROPS and seatbelts, depending on the date of manufacturer. The objective of this investigation is to describe the gray market for tractors imported from Japan into the U.S. and the policy implications regarding the hazards associated with these imports. Operator manuals and warning labels are typically not written in English. Foreign manufacturers that market tractors in the U.S. have established a variety of disincentives for the importation of gray-market tractors, including issuing warnings, not servicing or providing parts for these tractors, and banning their importation through actions by the U.S. International Trade Commission. Nonetheless, a U.S. market has developed that imports and provides services and parts for gray-market tractors, and some companies provide certified ROPS on the tractors that they sell. A product safety perspective and related policies are presented as an approach to ensuring that these imports are equipped with ROPS and seatbelts.

  7. Tractor Transmissions. A Teaching Reference.

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    American Association for Agricultural Engineering and Vocational Agriculture, Athens, GA.

    The manual was developed as a reference for teaching students about transmissions in farm tractors. The manual is divided into five sections: (1) transmission history, (2) gears and bearings in transmission, (3) sliding-gear transmissions, (4) planetary gearing, and (5) glossary. The working principles of the sliding-gear transmission, the most…

  8. Plane waves as tractor beams

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    Forgács, Péter; Romańczukiewicz, Tomasz

    2013-01-01

    It is shown that in a large class of systems plane waves can act as tractor beams: i.e., an incident plane wave can exert a pulling force on the scatterer. The underlying physical mechanism for the pulling force is due to the sufficiently strong scattering of the incoming wave into another mode having a larger wave number, in which case excess momentum is created behind the scatterer. Such a tractor beam or negative radiation pressure effect arises naturally in systems where the coupling between the scattering channels is due to Aharonov-Bohm (AB) gauge potentials. It is demonstrated that this effect is also present if the AB potential is an induced, ("artificial") gauge potential such as the one found in J. March-Russell, J. Preskill, F. Wilczek, Phys. Rev. Lett. 58 2567 (1992).

  9. Optical tractor Bessel polarized beams

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    Mitri, F. G.; Li, R. X.; Guo, L. X.; Ding, C. Y.

    2017-01-01

    Axial and transverse radiation force cross-sections of optical tractor Bessel polarized beams are theoretically investigated for a dielectric sphere with particular emphasis on the beam topological charge (or order), half-cone angle and polarization. The angular spectrum decomposition method (ASDM) is used to derive the non-paraxial electromagnetic (EM) field components of the Bessel beams. The multipole expansion method using vector spherical harmonics is utilized and appropriate beam-shape coefficients are derived in order to compute the radiation force cross-sections. The analysis has no limitation to a particular range of frequencies such that the Rayleigh, Mie or geometrical optics regimes can all be considered effectively using the present rigorous formalism. The focus of this investigation is to identify some of the tractor beam conditions so as to achieve retrograde motion of a dielectric sphere located arbitrarily in space. Numerical computations for the axial and transverse radiation force cross-sections are presented for linear, right-circular, radial, azimuthal and mixed polarizations of the individual plane waves forming the Bessel beams of zeroth- and first-order (with positive or negative helicity), respectively. As the sphere shifts off the beam's axis, the axial pulling (tractor) force is weakened. Moreover, the transverse radiation force cross-section field changes with the sphere's size factor ka (where k is the wavenumber and a is the sphere radius). Both stable and unstable equilibrium regions around the beam's axis are found, depending on the choice of ka and the half-cone angle α0. These results are particularly important in the development of emergent technologies for the photophoretic assembly of optically-engineered (meta)materials with designed properties using optical tractor (vortex) beams, particle manipulation, levitation and positioning, and other applications.

  10. Tractors, mass, and Weyl invariance

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    Gover, A. R.; Shaukat, A.; Waldron, A.

    2009-05-01

    Deser and Nepomechie established a relationship between masslessness and rigid conformal invariance by coupling to a background metric and demanding local Weyl invariance, a method which applies neither to massive theories nor theories which rely upon gauge invariances for masslessness. We extend this method to describe massive and gauge invariant theories using Weyl invariance. The key idea is to introduce a new scalar field which is constant when evaluated at the scale corresponding to the metric of physical interest. This technique relies on being able to efficiently construct Weyl invariant theories. This is achieved using tractor calculus—a mathematical machinery designed for the study of conformal geometry. From a physics standpoint, this amounts to arranging fields in multiplets with respect to the conformal group but with novel Weyl transformation laws. Our approach gives a mechanism for generating masses from Weyl weights. Breitenlohner-Freedman stability bounds for Anti-de Sitter theories arise naturally as do direct derivations of the novel Weyl invariant theories given by Deser and Nepomechie. In constant curvature spaces, partially massless theories—which rely on the interplay between mass and gauge invariance—are also generated by our method. Another simple consequence is conformal invariance of the maximal depth partially massless theories. Detailed examples for spins s⩽2 are given including tractor and component actions, on-shell and off-shell approaches and gauge invariances. For all spins s⩾2 we give tractor equations of motion unifying massive, massless, and partially massless theories.

  11. Microhole Drilling Tractor Technology Development

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    2007-07-09

    In an effort to increase the U.S. energy reserves and lower costs for finding and retrieving oil, the USDOE created a solicitation to encourage industry to focus on means to operate in small diameter well-Microhole. Partially in response to this solicitation and because Western Well Tool's (WWT) corporate objective to develop small diameter coiled tubing drilling tractor, WWT responded to and was awarded a contract to design, prototype, shop test, and field demonstrate a Microhole Drilling Tractor (MDT). The benefit to the oil industry and the US consumer from the project is that with the MDT's ability to facilitate Coiled Tubing drilled wells to be 1000-3000 feet longer horizontally, US brown fields can be more efficiently exploited resulting in fewer wells, less environmental impact, greater and faster oil recovery, and lower drilling costs. Shortly after award of the contract, WWT was approached by a major oil company that strongly indicated that the specified size of a tractor of 3.0 inches diameter was inappropriate and that immediate applications for a 3.38-inch diameter tractor would substantially increase the usefulness of the tool to the oil industry. Based on this along with an understanding with the oil company to use the tractor in multiple field applications, WWT applied for and was granted a no-cost change-of-scope contract amendment to design, manufacture, assemble, shop test and field demonstrate a prototype a 3.38 inch diameter MDT. Utilizing existing WWT tractor technology and conforming to an industry developed specification for the tool, the Microhole Drilling Tractor was designed. Specific features of the MDT that increase it usefulness are: (1) Operation on differential pressure of the drilling fluid, (2) On-Off Capability, (3) Patented unique gripping elements (4) High strength and flexibility, (5) Compatibility to existing Coiled Tubing drilling equipment and operations. The ability to power the MDT with drilling fluid results in a

  12. A Close Cut: A Technical Report of Endovascular Removal of a Penetrating Intravascular Foreign Body after a Lawn Mowing Injury

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    Tapping, C. R. [Oxford University Hospitals, John Radcliffe Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Gallo, A.; Silva, R. J. De [Oxford University Hospitals, John Radcliffe Hospital, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (United Kingdom); Uberoi, R., E-mail: raman.uberoi@orh.nhs.uk [Oxford University Hospitals, John Radcliffe Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

    2012-12-15

    We present a case of endovascular retrieval of a penetrating foreign body that was originally lodged in the mediastinum and then migrated to the hepatic vein. The steel nail entered the thorax and traversed the left lung causing a pneumothorax. The patient underwent a thoracotomy, but the foreign body had migrated from its original mediastinal position. A postsurgical CT showed that the object was below the right hemidiaphragm. Diagnostic venogram demonstrated that the object was in the main hepatic vein. Using a double-snare technique, the object was safely and successfully removed from the hepatic vein via the right common femoral vein.

  13. SUSCEPTIBILITY OF BLACK FLY LARVAE (DIPTERA: SIMULIIDAE) TO LAWN CARE INSECTICIDES INDIVIDUALLY AND AS MIXTURES. (R828007)

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  14. 城市草坪的生态热效益%Ecological Thermal Effect of Lawn on Urban Environment

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    唐鸣放; 白雪莲

    2001-01-01

    分析了草坪的能量平衡机理以及与环境之间的热湿交换关系,说明了草坪对空气具有降温增湿作用。通过重庆市区一些草坪实测数据分析发现草坪日平均温度与空气日平均温度相等,说明草坪与空气之间保持热量的生态平衡。

  15. Arsenic mobility and speciation in contaminated kitchen garden and lawn soils: an evaluation of water for assessment of As phytoavailability.

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    Waterlot, Christophe; Douay, Francis

    2015-04-01

    Emissions from primary lead smelters have been recognized as one of the mainly factor which has contributed to the contamination of soils by metals. Less attention has been paid to volatile metalloids such as arsenic (As) which accompanies lead (Pb) smelting activities. One of the objectives of this study was to determine the As concentrations in various extracting solutions using a collection of urban soils located no far away from two former Pb and zinc plants in the North of France. The procedure for the determination of As, As(III), and As(V) with hydride vapor generator atomic absorption spectrometry was described in details. Pseudo-total concentrations of As in the studied soils ranged from 5.3 to 65.9 mg kg(-1). Good correlations were found between As and lead, zinc, and cadmium concentrations in soils. These depended on the soil uses and the soil distance from the source of contamination. Because the form of As may pose a health risk to human population, its speciation was determined in each urban top soils. Very good correlations were found between As(III) and As(V) versus As concentrations in soils studied, but the results did no permit to establish a relation between the location of soils and their uses. In contrast, it was shown that the highest mobility factor and lowest partitioning index values were related to the location. The mobilty of As depended on the assimilated phosphorus (P), carbonate contents, and pH. The percentages of the water-extractable As concentrations ranged from 0.3 to 3.0% of the As concentrations in soils. Very good positive correlations between water-extractable As(III) and As(V) versus water-extractable As concentrations were obtained. It was shown that the water-extractable As(III) concentrations depended on the soil uses. The results revealed that soils for which the As was the most mobile presented the highest water-extractable As concentrations. Principal component analysis indicated that mechanisms related to the release of As depended on the physico-chemical parameters of the soils, particularly on the assimilated P, organic matter, and/or iron oxides/hydroxides contents. Finally, the glasshouse experiments using ryegrass as plant model and three soils with similar physico-chemical parameters with regard to the PCA analysis showed that the water extracting solution could be a good indicator to evaluate the As phytoavailability.

  16. Design Study for Controllable Electric Motor for Three Wheel Drive, In Wheel Mounting on Professional, Electric, Lawn Mower

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    Lu, Kaiyuan

    .g. reduction of the output torque and changes of inductance, which will cause non-linearity in the machine. Saturation effects may not be neglected if accurate results are required. A substantial part of this thesis is devoted to modelling and performance analysis of PMTFM. Design improvement of PMTFM......Design of a new generation of electric drive motor for professional lawnmowers forms the basic objective of this thesis. Modern drive concepts produces a growing demand for electrical machines featuring high torque density, and suitable for direct drive applications. Much attention is presently...

  17. Rapid Blue-Carba test: reduction in the detection time of carbapenemases performed from a 4-hour bacterial lawn.

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    Nastro, Marcela; Ayora, Melisa; García, Susana; Vay, Carlos; Famiglietti, Ángela; Rodriguez, Carlos Hernán

    2017-06-01

    The increase in carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria is a matter of concern due to the limited therapeutic options available. In severe infections caused by these isolates, the rapid detection of the mechanisms of resistance is vital. We described a slightly modified version of the Blue-Carba test, rapid Blue-Carba test, which allows the detection of carbapenemases at 4 h of incubation from a haze of bacterial growth obtained from a positive blood culture. It was able to detect carbapenemase-producing isolates (Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii) with a sensitivity and specificity of 98.1 and 100%, respectively. It is a rapid, easy-to-perform and an inexpensive technique that can be applied to routine laboratories, together with the simultaneous identification by mass spectrometry which would help to screen non-enzymatic carbapenem resistance; this method allows the detection of clinically relevant multidrug-resistant bacteria and the early implementation of accurate therapeutic interventions.

  18. Design Study for Controllable Electric Motor for Three Wheel Drive, In Wheel Mounting on Professional, Electric, Lawn Mower

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    Lu, Kaiyuan

    Design of a new generation of electric drive motor for professional lawnmowers forms the basic objective of this thesis. Modern drive concepts produces a growing demand for electrical machines featuring high torque density, and suitable for direct drive applications. Much attention is presently...

  19. 77 FR 76005 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request-Safety Standard for Walk-Behind Power Lawn Mowers

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    2012-12-26

    ... comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert H. Squibb, U... are estimated to be $940,972 for the industry. Dated: December 20, 2012. Todd A. Stevenson,...

  20. Simplified overturn stability monitoring of agricultural tractors.

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    Nichol, C I; Sommer, H J; Murphy, D J

    2005-02-01

    Agricultural tractors are the most common source of farm work fatalities in the U.S., with overturns the most common type of incident. For the year 2001, there were 15 tractor-related fatalities in Pennsylvania, 9 of which were due to tractor rollover. A new device using low-cost sensors and microcomputers was developed around a simplified mathematical model of an agricultural tractor to inform the operator of potential tractor instability. This device communicates the current rollover potential, along with a recent history of rollover potential, to the operator of the tractor via a simple bar-graph display. The device uses a single-chip accelerometer to sense the current rollover potential and a small microprocessor to analyze the accelerometer data, compensate for variations due to temperature, and then send this information to a visual display. The use of these low-cost "off the shelf" components enabled the fabrication of a very inexpensive sensor system. Because agricultural tractors have a long service life, it was important to make the device low cost and flexible. This could enable it to be sold as an aftermarket add-on for a variety of tractor models. The device is also capable of interfacing with newer on-board tractor systems via a CAN bus to make it more attractive to tractor manufacturers who may want to incorporate this device into new models. Work is continuing on the development of an improved display to inform the tractor operator of possible instability, including display ergonomic studies, investigation of threshold levels for alerting an operator of potential instability, and investigation into audible warning signals.

  1. Tractor accelerated test on test rig

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    M. Mattetti

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The experimental tests performed to validate a tractor prototype before its production, need a substantial financial and time commitment. The tests could be reduced using accelerated tests able to reproduce on the structural part of the tractor, the same damage produced on the tractor during real life in a reduced time. These tests were usually performed reproducing a particular harsh condition a defined number of times, as for example using a bumpy road on track to carry out the test in any weather condition. Using these procedures the loads applied on the tractor structure are different with respect to those obtained during the real use, with the risk to apply loads hard to find in reality. Recently it has been demonstrated how, using the methodologies designed for cars, it is possible to also expedite the structural tests for tractors. In particular, automotive proving grounds were recently successfully used with tractors to perform accelerated structural tests able to reproduce the real use of the machine with an acceleration factor higher than that obtained with the traditional methods. However, the acceleration factor obtained with a tractor on proving grounds is in any case reduced due to the reduced speed of the tractors with respect to cars. In this context, the goal of the paper is to show the development of a methodology to perform an accelerated structural test on a medium power tractor using a 4 post test rig. In particular, several proving ground testing conditions have been performed to measure the loads on the tractor. The loads obtained were then edited to remove the not damaging portion of signals, and finally the loads obtained were reproduced in a 4 post test rig. The methodology proposed could be a valid alternative to the use of a proving ground to reproduce accelerated structural tests on tractors.

  2. Assessment of controls layout of Indian tractors.

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    Kumar, Adarsh; Bhaskar, Gaikwad; Singh, J K

    2009-01-01

    Tractors in low-income countries are used both for farm and non-farm activities. Most of the tractors being manufactured in India are products of collaboration with other countries. The design of tractors manufactured in India has not changed much in the past five decades especially from an ergonomics point of view, because of economic considerations. This paper describes a tractor control layout assessment with respect to the Indian population and compares the location of controls with workspace envelopes and the IS12343 standard for commonly used tractors on Indian farms. Controls like steering, foot clutch, foot brake, foot accelerator are located in areas defined by IS12343 standard in some tractors but these are not placed in the workspace envelopes of the Indian population. This results in a mismatch between the workspace envelope and location of controls as defined by the standard. The controls need a complete change in their layout to be in the workspace envelopes, as this cannot be achieved by providing seat movement in the horizontal and vertical directions in the present tractor design.

  3. Tractors, Mass and Weyl Invariance

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    Gover, A R; Waldron, A

    2008-01-01

    Deser and Nepomechie established a relationship between masslessness and rigid conformal invariance by coupling to a background metric and demanding local Weyl invariance, a method which applies neither to massive theories nor theories which rely upon gauge invariances for masslessness. We extend this method to describe massive and gauge invariant theories using Weyl invariance. The key idea is to introduce a new scalar field which is constant when evaluated at the scale corresponding to the metric of physical interest. This technique relies on being able to efficiently construct Weyl invariant theories. This is achieved using tractor calculus--a mathematical machinery designed for the study of conformal geometry. From a physics standpoint, this amounts to arranging fields in multiplets with respect to the conformal group but with novel Weyl transformation laws. Our approach gives a mechanism for generating masses from Weyl weights. Breitenlohner--Freedman stability bounds for Anti de Sitter theories arise na...

  4. Tractors and rollover protection in the United States.

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    Murphy, Dennis J; Myers, John; McKenzie, E A; Cavaletto, Richard; May, John; Sorensen, Julie

    2010-07-01

    There are approximately 4.2 million tractors on farms and ranches across the United States. The average age of tractors is over 25 years and some of the oldest models are the most popular. Older tractors are less safe than newer tractors, and many older tractors are operated by individuals with increased risk of being injured or killed on a tractor. A key tractor safety device, a rollover protective structure (ROPS), is missing from most tractors manufactured before 1985. Data from the US Department of Labor's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) suggest that the production agriculture sector accounts for approximately 70.3% of the 3299 work deaths in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing industry between 2003 and 2007. Nearly 900 of these incidents involve farm tractors and of these, approximately 43% were from tractor overturns. Efforts to reduce both the number of tractor overturn fatalities and injuries have been underway for years. These efforts primarily encompass worker education/training programs and activities, ROPS design and engineering applications, and research on more effective ways of encouraging tractor owners to retrofit their older tractors with ROPS. This paper reviews various approaches available to reduce the fatalities, serious injuries, and economic burden associated with tractor overturns. Past and current efforts to promote ROPS in the United States and in other countries, current safe tractor operations education and training programs, and ROPS-related safety engineering projects are discussed. Recommendations for advancing safe tractor operation and the number of tractors protected by ROPS are given. This review was prepared for the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health conference, "Be Safe, Be Profitable: Protecting Workers in Agriculture," January 2010.

  5. Miniature Tractor Pull Helps Teach Mechanical Power Transmission.

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    Waggoner, Todd C.

    1996-01-01

    A miniature tractor pull was developed as a high school activity, enabling students to assess a tractor's pulling capabilities and determine subsequent horsepower. The activity takes the textbook concept of horsepower and makes it come alive. (JOW)

  6. Tractor Mechanic--Teacher's Guide. Competency Based Education Curriculum.

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    McCann, Edward W.

    This teacher's guide is designed to accompany the Tractor Mechanic Competency Based Education (CBE) Curriculum (CE 022 480). The following information is included: a discussion of the uses of the Tractor Mechanic CBE curriculum; definitions of related terms; the table of contents for the Tractor Mechanic CBE curriculum; a list of competencies by…

  7. 30 CFR 77.409 - Shovels, draglines, and tractors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Shovels, draglines, and tractors. 77.409... COAL MINES Safeguards for Mechanical Equipment § 77.409 Shovels, draglines, and tractors. (a) Shovels, draglines, and tractors shall not be operated in the presence of any person exposed to a hazard from...

  8. Tractor Mechanics: Learning Activity Packages 1-19.

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    Clemson Univ., SC. Vocational Education Media Center.

    Learning activity packages are presented for teaching tractor mechanics. The first of two sections deals with miscellaneous tasks and contains learning activity packages on cleaning the tractor and receiving new tractor parts. Section 2 is concerned with maintaining and servicing the electrical system, and it includes the following learning…

  9. Massive higher spins from BRST and tractors

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    Grigoriev, Maxim; Waldron, Andrew

    2011-12-01

    We obtain the higher spin tractor equations of motion conjectured by Gover et al. from a BRST approach and use those methods to prove that they describe massive, partially massless and massless higher spins in conformally flat backgrounds. The tractor description makes invariance under local choices of unit systems manifest. In this approach, physical models are described by conformal, rather than (pseudo-)Riemannian geometry. In particular masses become geometric quantities, namely the weights of tractor fields. Massive models can therefore be handled in a unified and simple manner mimicking the gauge principle usually employed for massless models. From a holographic viewpoint, these models describe both the bulk and boundary theories in terms of conformal geometry. This is an important advance, because tying the boundary conformal structure to that of the bulk theory gives greater control over a bulk-boundary correspondence.

  10. Massive Higher Spins from BRST and Tractors

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    Grigoriev, Maxim

    2011-01-01

    We obtain the higher spin tractor equations of motion conjectured by Gover et al. from a BRST approach and use those methods to prove that they describe massive, partially massless and massless higher spins in conformally flat backgrounds. The tractor description makes invariance under local choices of unit system manifest. In this approach, physical systems are described by conformal, rather than (pseudo-)Riemannian geometry. In particular masses become geometric quantities, namely the weights of tractor fields. Massive systems can therefore be handled in a unified and simple manner mimicking the gauge principle usually employed for massless models. From a holographic viewpoint, these models describe both the bulk and boundary theories in terms of conformal geometry. This is an important advance, because tying the boundary conformal structure to that of the bulk theory gives greater control over a bulk--boundary correspondence.

  11. Evaluation of mechanical tractor pedal extensions.

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    Kelso, S A; Stangherlin, A M; Mann, D D

    2008-10-01

    Many farmers with disabilities choose to modify their work environments to accommodate their personal abilities; however, modified tractors may present greater risk to the operator as they are often one-of-a-kind designs that have not been subjected to rigorous safety testing. The objective of this research was to evaluate mechanical tractor pedal , extensions from a safety perspective. This objective was achieved by identifying potential hazards associated with the introduction of a pedal extension into the cab environment so that both existing and novel designs could be compared using a common methodology. Based on review of the published literature, 19 potential hazards associated with the introduction of a pedal extension into the cab of a tractor were identified. A hazard self-assessment worksheet (HSAW), created based on the 19 hazards, was validated through a pilot study. The overall inter-rater reliability and concurrent criterion validity proved to be acceptable. With the use of the HSAW six pedal extensions (three existing designs and three novel designs) were evaluated by 14 experts. Statistical analysis of the results did not identify a "best" design; however, several important trends were observed. Four of the six designs tended to block access to the exit path. The two designs that did not block access to the exit path might be considered to be the best designs for the tractors used in this study, but other designs likely would have been acceptable if they had been custom-fit for these tractors. The results of this research suggest that custom fabrication of pedal extensions for each specific tractor will likely yield the safest work environment for those who choose to use this assistive technology.

  12. Price Analysis of Used Tractors in Çanakkale Province

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    S. Ozpinar

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The control of machinery costs is a key factor in improving the profitability of a farm. On many farms 30-40% of the fixed costs can be allocated to farm machinery. For this reason, the purchase of a tractor is one of the most important decisions to be made on any farm. A correct decision will benefit the business considerably but the wrong decision will be an expensive mistake to be regretted for many years. There are two different way to purchase the tractors in any farm. One of them is purchasing the tractor as new one, the other one is purchasing the he tractors as used or second hand. are purchased as new in some farms instead of purchasing he tractor as second hand or used.The used tractor prices and market conditions should be evaluated for the correct agricultural machinery management decisions. Price analysis of the used tractors has to be used in hiring or purchasing decision. In addition to that, Optimum equipment size calculations require the price data of used tractors.In the scope of this research, second hand tractor price data gathered from the showrooms in the Çanakkale province were evaluated. Before all else, general structure of second hand tractor market were defined by applying a comprehensive questionnaire to showroom owners. In addition, second hand tractor prices were arranged according to brand-model, age and power category.

  13. Sonic tractor beam costs less than 90

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    2017-02-01

    A single-sided sonic tractor beam that can levitate objects without the need for complex phase-shifting electronics has been developed by researchers in the UK, who say that it can be made for less than 90 with readily available components and a 3D printer.

  14. Goods handling: tugs, trailers and tractors.

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    Grayson, H

    1980-09-26

    Ease of handling ought to be a priority in any supply and disposal system. Hazel Grayson, senior research officer at the Medical Architecture Research Unit, Polytechnic of North London, suggests that even where driver-operated electric tow tractors cannot be used, other types of electric pulling device should be considered.

  15. Tractor Mechanic Check Sheets for Modules.

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    Forms for student self-checks and the instructor's final checklist (student evaluation) are provided for use with thirty-three learning modules on maintaining and servicing fuel and electrical systems in tractor mechanics. The student self-check asks the students questions about their understanding of the modules' content. The instructor's…

  16. V-TECS Guide for Tractor Mechanic.

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    Benson, Robert T.

    This guide contains a course outline for a tractor mechanic course. The outline is organized by 15 duties: performing general skills and maintaining and servicing storage battery, ignition circuit, the cooling system, the charging circuit, the starting circuit, gasoline fuel system, diesel fuel system, basic engine, lubrication system, clutches,…

  17. The Tractor Electrical System. A Teaching Reference.

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    The fundamental principles underlying the application of electricity to tractors and farm equipment are presented. An understanding of the material in the basic manual will enable the service man to understand better the service procedures covered in service manuals on electrical equipment. Topics dealt with are fundamentals of electricity,…

  18. Plans for Learning Stations. Tractor Mechanics.

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    Clemson Univ., SC. Vocational Education Media Center.

    This shop guide gives graphic illustration of twenty-eight learning stations in a tractor mechanics shop, at each of which a specific learning activity occurs. The authors suggest that each station (most of them constructed of plywood or sheet metal and angle iron) be self-contained, having its own appropriate tools, supplies, parts, and set of…

  19. Extra-safe tractor-trailer coupling

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    Albrecht, W. P.; Sparks, R. H.

    1979-01-01

    Built-in safety mechanism for tractor-trailer "fifth-wheel" coupling keeps rig together in case kingpin failure. Modified coupling utilizes all standard components, such as two wear plates, kingpin, and kingpin latch. It is modified by adding semicircular lip to top wear plate, matching semicircular slot to bottom wear plate, and two latching stop mechanisms.

  20. Single Bessel tractor-beam tweezers

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    Mitri, F G

    2014-01-01

    The tractor behavior of a zero-order Bessel acoustic beam acting on a fluid sphere, and emanating from a finite circular aperture (as opposed to waves of infinite extent) is demonstrated theoretically. Conditions for an attractive force acting in opposite direction of the radiating waves, determined by the choice of the beam's half-cone angle, the size of the radiator, and its distance from a fluid sphere, are established and discussed. Numerical predictions for the radiation force function, which is the radiation force per unit energy density and cross-sectional surface, are provided using a partial-wave expansion method stemming from the acoustic scattering. The results suggest a simple and reliable analysis for the design of Bessel beam acoustical tweezers and tractor beam devices.

  1. A fuel cell driven aircraft baggage tractor

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    Sterkenburg, Stefan van [HAN Univ. of Applied Sciences (Netherlands); Rijs, Aart van; Hupkens, Huib [Silent Motor Company, Arnhem (Netherlands)

    2010-07-01

    Silent Motor Company and the HAN University of Applied Science collaborate in the development of an aircraft baggage tractor. The baggage tractor is equipped with an 8kW fuel cell stack connected to a 26kWh battery-pack. The control system implemented minimizes the start-up time of the fuel cell system, protects the fuel cell against overload and underload and controls the State of Charge (SOC) of the battery to its optimum value. A practical SOC-determination method is implemented which does not need detailed knowledge about the batteries applied. This paper presents a description of the fuel cell system, its energy management system and SOC-determination method and the results of first test measurements. (orig.)

  2. Greening of Agricultural and Forestry Tractors

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    Zdenko Tkáč

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This publication deals with the draft of measurement chain for application of synthetic organic liquid Hydros Uni in agricultural tractor Zetor Proxima 7441. The used organic liquid was evaluated on the basis of its effect on the technical condition of hydrostatic converter UD 20. By the drafted measurement chain, it was performed individual measurements which were realized by specific engine speed and prescribed temperature. Then, the flow values ​​were statistically analyzed. From the obtained results, it could be concluded that the proposed measurement chain meets the requirements for measuring the flow characteristics of liquids. Based on the results show, organic synthetic transmission hydraulic fluid does not negatively affect the technical condition of the tractor hydraulic pump.

  3. A stochastic analysis of tractor overturn costs on catfish farms.

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    Ibendahl, G A; Stephens, W B; Myers, M L

    2012-10-01

    An area of health and safety risk in agriculture that can be especially dangerous is catfish farming. One of the potential sources of injuries on catfish farms is tractor overturns that often result in crushing injuries. There is likely a higher probability of tractor overturns on a catfish farm than on a traditional crop farm due to the conditions that prevail on catfish farms. A catfish farm requires tractor movement near pond levees and water, and these levees have steep banks. Many of the activities on a catfish farm, such as mowing, feeding, and pond maintenance, require operating a tractor near a pond levee. Rollover protection structures (ROPS) on tractors can help to minimize the injuries caused by tractor overturns. ROPS do not lessen the probability of overturns, but ROPS mitigate the expected injury severity and lower the associated costs of an overturn. Despite the benefits of ROPS, not every tractor is so equipped. Some earlier work indicated that the cost to retrofit older tractors might outweigh the expected benefits. This article uses stochastic (i.e., randomly determined) analysis to determine if risk-averse farmers are more likely than risk-neutral farmers to retrofit tractors with ROPS. For this analysis, a distribution function of injury costs should an overturn occur was developed for both ROPS and non-ROPS tractors, and a Monte Carlo simulation was conducted. Results indicate that many risk-averse producers would be willing to retrofit older tractors with ROPS. However producers who are risk-neutral probably will not retrofit. These results might explain why not all tractors have been retrofitted despite the long-term availability of retrofit kits.

  4. Experiments in autonomous reversing of a tractor-trailer system

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    Pradalier, Cédric; Usher, Kane

    2007-01-01

    International audience; Trailer reversing is a problem frequently considered in the literature, usually with fairly complex non-linear control theory based approaches. In this paper, we overview our simple method for stabilizing a tractor-trailer system to a trajectory based on the notion of controlling the hitch-angle of the trailer rather than the steering angle of the tractor. The performance of this control method, as implemented on the CSIRO Autonomous Tractor, is then experimentally com...

  5. An experimental investigation of exhaust emission from agricultural tractors

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    Rashid Gholami, Hekmat Rabbani, Ali Nejat Lorestani, Payam Javadikia, Farzad Jaliliantabar

    2013-01-01

    Agricultural machinery is an important source of emission of air pollutant in rural locations. Emissions of a specific tractor engine mainly depend on engine speed. Various driving methods and use of implements with different work capacities can affect the engine load. This study deals with the effects of types of tractors and operation conditions on engine emission. In this study two types of agricultural tractors (MF285 and U650) and some tillage implements such as centrifugal type spreader...

  6. Ability of youth operators to reach farm tractor controls.

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    Fathallah, F A; Chang, J H; Pickett, W; Marlenga, B

    2009-06-01

    Farm tractor work is commonly assigned to young people on North American farms, where tractors account for the majority of deaths and major portions of non-fatal trauma to working youths. However, little is known about the potential mismatch between the anthropometric and physical characteristics of children and tractor characteristics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of children of varying ages and percentiles to reach major controls on 45 tractors in common use in the US. The main study finding was that many tractor controls, especially those that are hand-operated, may not be effectively reached by the majority of youth operators aged 12 to 16 years. The study raises further serious questions about the ability of children to safely operate tractors in common use on US farms and calls for reconsideration of age guidelines for the assignment of children to tractor work on farms. This study provides novel ergonomic evidence about the ability of children to reach controls inside agricultural tractor cabins. The approach could be applied in similar situations where youths may operate other vehicles or machines. Study findings support the establishment and refinement of policies and guidelines related to youth tractor operation.

  7. Agricultural Tractor Safety on Public Roads and Farms.

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    Department of Transportation, Washington, DC.

    This study investigated the extent, causes, and means of preventing agricultural tractor accidents. The report includes an estimate of annual tractor-related deaths, an identification of the primary causes of such accidents with consideration of the major hazards causing death or injury, and recommendations or means for preventing the occurrence…

  8. Farm Tractor Tune-Up and Service Specifications.

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    Bryant, J. G.; And Others

    Tune-up and service specifications for 10 major tractor manufacturers are presented in the handbook. In addition, the following tables are included: (1) spark plug heat-range comparisons, (2) freezing protection, (3) pressures for farm tractor tires, (4) use of calcium chloride for liquid weighting, (5) comparisons of American Petroleum Institute…

  9. Single wheel testers, single track testers, and instrumented tractors

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    Single wheel testers and single track testers are used for determining tractive performance characteristics of tires and tracks. Instrumented tractors are useful in determining the tractive performance of tractors. These machines are also used for determining soil-tire and soil-track interactions,...

  10. New dual clutch transmission for tractors; Neues Doppelkupplungsgetriebe fuer Traktoren

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    Seeger, Joerg [John Deere Werke, Mannheim (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    John Deere presented its new 6R series of tractors at Agritechnica 2011. The tractors are available since the summer of this year, with a double clutch transmission, a completely new type of transmission for agricultural machinery. This transmission concept combines the advantages of mechanical manual transmissions (high efficiency) and stepless transmissions (convenient driving and operation). (orig.)

  11. Injury severity related to overturn characteristics of tractors.

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    Myers, Melvin L; Cole, Henry P; Westneat, Susan C

    2009-01-01

    Early studies of injuries associated with overturns indicate that more fatalities occurred when a tractor overturned beyond 90 degrees (continuous roll) relative to the impact plane. Recently, the principle of preventing continuous rolls has re-emerged for the protection of riding lawnmower operators. Related to tractors, a population-based study was conducted that compared the severity of fatal and nonfatal injuries between a 90 degrees and continuous roll for tractors equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and not equipped with a ROPS (non- ROPS). In 2002, the Kentucky Farm Tractor Overturn Survey was administered to an 8% random sample (6,063) of Kentucky farm operators. The farmers responded to questions that differentiated between the types of overturns and operator injury outcomes for ROPS-equipped and non-ROPS tractors during overturn events. Overturn characteristics were collected that included 90 degrees to the side, beyond 90 degrees to the side, and to the rear for both ROPS-equipped and non-ROPS tractors. Of the 541 overturns reported in this study, 535 (99%) of the respondents reported the most recent overturn characteristics of the tractor: 92 (17%) were ROPS-equipped and 443 (83%) were non-ROPS. For side overturns, 67% of the rolls occurred with ROPS-equipped tractors, and 54% occurred with non-ROPS tractors. The percentages of deaths related to rolls to the side for ROPS-equipped and non-ROPS tractors were, respectively, 1.6% and 3.7%. There was one (2%) deaths related to 90 degrees rolls for ROPS-equipped tractors, whereas for continuous rolls there were 6.4% fatalities related to side overturns, 13% resulted in non-fatal injuries with an average of 1 day of hospitalization for ROPS-equipped tractors, and 39% resulted in non-fatal injuries with an average of 18 days of hospitalization for non-ROPS tractors. The results from this study indicated that a ROPS was more effective at stopping an overturn at 90 degrees than no ROPS, with an

  12. Development of an ergonomic evaluation facility for Indian tractors.

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    Patel, R; Kumar, A; Mohan, D

    2000-06-01

    The design of tractors manufactured in low-income countries like India has not changed much in the past two decades, especially from an ergonomic point of view. Moreover, in these countries tractors are used for transportation purposes in addition to farming operations. Therefore, the design criteria for these tractors need to be different from those in high-income countries. This paper describes the development of an ergonomic facility for improvement of tractor design. An ergonomic evaluation facility has been developed consisting of a work place envelope for the Indian population, a layout measuring device and an ergonomic rig. This facility can be used for comparative evaluation of the display and control layouts of different tractors in order to develop an optimum layout. The ergonomic rig has the facility to simulate the improved layout for subjective evaluation.

  13. Enhanced Gravity Tractor Technique for Planetary Defense

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    Mazanek, Daniel D.; Reeves, David M.; Hopkins, Joshua B.; Wade, Darren W.; Tantardini, Marco; Shen, Haijun

    2015-01-01

    Given sufficient warning time, Earth-impacting asteroids and comets can be deflected with a variety of different "slow push/pull" techniques. The gravity tractor is one technique that uses the gravitational attraction of a rendezvous spacecraft to the impactor and a low-thrust, high-efficiency propulsion system to provide a gradual velocity change and alter its trajectory. An innovation to this technique, known as the Enhanced Gravity Tractor (EGT), uses mass collected in-situ to augment the mass of the spacecraft, thereby greatly increasing the gravitational force between the objects. The collected material can be a single boulder, multiple boulders, regolith or a combination of different sources. The collected mass would likely range from tens to hundreds of metric tons depending on the size of the impactor and warning time available. Depending on the propulsion system's capability and the mass collected, the EGT approach can reduce the deflection times by a factor of 10 to 50 or more, thus reducing the deflection times of several decades to years or less and overcoming the main criticism of the traditional gravity tractor approach. Additionally, multiple spacecraft can orbit the target in formation to provide the necessary velocity change and further reduce the time needed by the EGT technique to divert hazardous asteroids and comets. The robotic segment of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will collect a multi-ton boulder from the surface of a large Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) and will provide the first ever demonstration of the EGT technique and validate one method of collecting in-situ mass on an asteroid of hazardous size.

  14. VAM对几种园林草坪草侵染的显微观察%Microscopical observation of VAM to several garden lawn plants

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    高爱琴; 余仲东

    2003-01-01

    对7种园林草坪植物根段染色结果表明:VAM侵染植物根段后可分别形成泡囊状、菌丝状、丛枝状、圈状、棒状吸器;VAM对根尖的侵染率差异以分生区最显著,并可诱导形成根原基;VAM可侵染根冠.

  15. THE EXCHANGE OF CARBONYL SULFIDE AND DIMETHYL SULFIDE BETWEEN LAWN AND ATMOSPHERE IN FALL%秋季COS和DMS在草坪与大气间的交换

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    耿春梅; 吴海; 牟玉静; 王美珍

    2004-01-01

    利用静态箱法研究了羰基硫(COS)和二甲基硫(DMS)在绿化草坪与大气之间的交换.在秋季,草坪对COS的吸收通量为0.75-14.5μg·m-2·h-1,对DMS的排放通量为0.05-0.35μg·m-2·h-1.COS和DMS的交换通量与环境温度、光照及初始浓度等因素有关,其中,周围大气COS的浓度对草坪吸收COS的影响最为明显.草坪对COS的吸收通量与DMS的排放通量呈正相关,相关系数(R2)大于0.7.此外,COS的垂直分布也表明草坪对COS具有明显的吸收作用.

  16. Effects of Appiing CCC on Creeping Bentgrass Lawn%施用矮壮素对匍茎剪股颖草坪的影响

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    尚以顺; 唐成斌; 陈燕萍

    1998-01-01

    采用矮壮素生长延缓剂对匍茎剪股颖进行处理后,能有效减缓匍茎剪股颖地上部生长,提高根冠比,增强抗逆性,降低肥力衰竭,减少草坪杂草,促进分蘖,可使叶片变短增厚,降低草坪管理成本,提高草坪观赏价值,效果显著.

  17. Mass of agricultural tractors available in the brazilian market

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    Javier Solis Estrada

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Currently, manufacturers of agricultural tractors offer to farmers a diversity of brands, models, and settings for the most diverse agricultural operations. In this sense, the relation mass/power of tractor influences directly in the performance of these operations. The objective of this research was to study the agricultural wheel tractors marketed in Brazil in relation to their mass, in order to obtain current data to help their selection and proper use. The research involved 145 agricultural tractors models of eight different brands, including 2WD, MFWD and 4WD versions. The variables mass without ballast, relation mass/power for the different brands, type of traction and tractor power were analyzed separately. Tractor power was classified in: Class I (150kW, according to the rated engine power declared by the manufacturer. Statistical analyses used were the t-Student and Tukey tests. The most number of tractors belongs to Class II and are considered versatile due to their mass/power relation, and can be used in the most diverse agricultural operations. From these analyses it was detected the mass/power relation decreases when the rated engine power increases.

  18. A mathematical equation for quantifying control functionality in agricultural tractors.

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    Drakopoulos, D; Mann, D D

    2008-10-01

    The overall accessibility of controls is one of the most important issues to consider when designing a control layout. Well-arranged controls, whose operational characteristics are based on both design guidelines and on human factors considerations, allow the operator to efficiently interact with the system in question. The objective of this article is to introduce a numerical index, referred to as the "index of functionality", capable of comparing, on a mathematical basis, different control arrangements in agricultural tractors. The model is based on information that has been gleaned from the published literature, with input from both professional ergonomists and experienced agricultural tractor operators. The numerical index may take any value between 0 and +1, with +1 being defined as an optimum value in terms of the functionality of a workstation. Data were collected from six old (pre-1982) and six modern (post-2003) tractor workstations to determine whether the model would recognize improvements that have occurred in the ergonomic design of tractor control layouts over the past 20 years. An average score of 0.19 +/- 0.07 was calculated for the pre-1982 tractor workstations. By contrast, an average score of 0.63 +/- 0.10 was calculated for the post-2003 tractor workstations. A number of limitations have been identified with the current model; despite these limitations, the index of functionality clearly recognized the ergonomic improvements in tractor workstations that have occurred over the past 20 years.

  19. Accident rates for heavy truck-tractors in Michigan.

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    Blower, D; Campbell, K L; Green, P E

    1993-06-01

    Accident rates of heavy truck-tractors are modelled using log-linear methods. The accident data used are a census of truck-tractor involvements in Michigan from May 1987 to April 1988. Travel data used to calculate the rates were produced by a survey of truck-tractors in Michigan covering the same time period. Both the accident and travel data were limited to Michigan-registered tractors operating in Michigan. Log-linear models of casualty and property-damage-only accident rates were developed using number of trailers, road type, area type, and time of day as predictor variables. Overall, differences between tractors with one and two trailers were not significant. Tractors with no trailers (bobtails) have significantly higher accident rates. Characteristics of the operating environment were found to have larger effects on the accident rate than tractor configuration (except for the bobtail). Rates varied by a factor of up to 6.8, depending on the road type. Casualty accident risk at night was 1.4 times the risk during the day. The risk of a casualty accident in rural areas was 1.6 times that of urban areas.

  20. A simple method to improve autonomous GPS positioning for tractors.

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gómez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Stombaugh, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Error is always present in the GPS guidance of a tractor along a desired trajectory. One way to reduce GPS guidance error is by improving the tractor positioning. The most commonly used ways to do this are either by employing more precise GPS receivers and differential corrections or by employing GPS together with some other local positioning systems such as electronic compasses or Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). However, both are complex and expensive solutions. In contrast, this article presents a simple and low cost method to improve tractor positioning when only a GPS receiver is used as the positioning sensor. The method is based on placing the GPS receiver ahead of the tractor, and on applying kinematic laws of tractor movement, or a geometric approximation, to obtain the midpoint position and orientation of the tractor rear axle more precisely. This precision improvement is produced by the fusion of the GPS data with tractor kinematic control laws. Our results reveal that the proposed method effectively reduces the guidance GPS error along a straight trajectory.

  1. Farming tractor fatalities in Virginia: an 11-year retrospective review.

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    Fulcher, James; Noller, Anna; Kay, Deborah

    2012-12-01

    This retrospective case review examines farm tractor-related deaths in the Commonwealth of Virginia for an 11-year period, from 1997 to 2007. This study compares decedent's demographic information, toxicology results, and medical histories.A vast majority of farm tractor-related deaths were male (98%) and white (91%). The average age was 60 years with most deaths occurring between the ages of 40 and 80 years. Ethanol use was observed in 9% of all cases with 7% of cases being more than 0.08% wt/vol ethanol, which is the legal limit in Virginia to operate a motor vehicle.The more mountainous, Western District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner composed 60% of total cases with 43% of these western cases related to tractor use on a natural slope or incline. The deaths in other districts were all less than 13% natural slope or incline related, reflecting the topography of these areas.These findings confirm much of what observation would suggest; accidents with farming tractors typically involve older white men. Operating a tractor on steep inclines is dangerous as many tractors do not have adequate rollover protection. The use of ethanol is dangerous when using any heavy equipment.This study provides an initial look at tractor-related deaths in Virginia, and more research is needed in this area to improve safety mechanisms on this machinery.

  2. Narrow-track wheeled agricultural tractor parameter variation.

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    Guzzomi, A; Rondelli, V

    2013-10-01

    Despite a general consensus among farmers, manufacturers, and researchers that wheeled agricultural tractor design has changed over time, there is little published evidence. There is debate as to whether the standardized rollover protective structure (ROPS) energy and force requirements, based on a tractor reference mass and pertaining to studies conducted more than 40 years ago, are appropriate for modern tractors. This article investigated the physical parameters of 326 modern narrow-track tractors, measured according to OECD Code 6 over 16 years (1993 to 2008 inclusive): 252 (-77%) were fixed-chassis tractors and 74 (-23%) were articulated. To understand the significance of design changes, the data were analyzed with respect to time and as a function of tractor mass. Articulated and fixed-chassis data were treated separately. The time data allowed qualitative analysis, while the mass data allowed quantitative analysis. The parameters show some changes over time and clearly indicate differences between articulated and fixed-chassis types. The parameter changes, along with the differences between types, may have important safety ramifications for ROPS energy absorption requirements, and these aspects are discussed. Regression lines with R2 values were fitted to the mass-related data for fixed-chassis and articulated tractors to determine the suitability of fit. The mass relations also displayed differences between fixed-chassis and articulated tractors. Thus, the most significant recommendation from this study is that the standardized testing procedure for narrow-track wheeled agricultural tractor category should be split into two groups: fixed-chassis and articulated.

  3. Tractor Mechanics. Maintaining and Servicing the Engine, Learning Activity Packages 78-89; Lubricating the Tractor, Learning Activity Packages 90-94; Painting the Tractor, Learning Activity Packages 95-96.

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    Clemson Univ., SC. Vocational Education Media Center.

    This series of learning activity packages focuses on three areas of tractor mechanics: (1) maintaining and servicing the engine, (2) lubricating the tractor, and (3) painting the tractor. Each of the nineteen illustrated learning activity packages follows a typical format: introduction, directions, objectives, learning activities, tools and…

  4. Ergonomic assessment of some commonly used tractors in Iran

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    M. A Rostami

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Different models of tractors have been imported from foreign countries or assembled in Iran for many years. Consistency of foreign manufactured products with native specifications and the improvement of locally manufactured tractors are important problems that must be considered. Moreover, tractor dimensions, sitting space and some other important factors such as the ability of Iranian users to operate them must be taken into consideration. In this study, we surveyed the proper proportion of tractors dimension, location of control tools and driver’s work space, with Iranian users’ anthropometric data of drivers from five provinces. Human factors are of paramount importance in developing farm machinery given that these machines will often be operated by persons with minimum skills. Therefore, farm machinery should be made simple to operate and as free from hazards as possible. Materials and methods: Firstly, the anthropometric data for 250 users 20-60 years old was calculated. The drivers were selected randomly. Then the specifications of 4 tractors including: Ferguson 285, Ferguson 399, Valtra and New Holland were compared with the anthropometric data of user in 5th and 95th percentile value and their adaptation was studied. Anthropometric Data of subjects consisted of: standing height, full hand length, popliteal length, seat pan width, seat pan depth, elbow height, seat back support height, hand pan width, hand grip and full-leg length. Getting on the tractor is the first contact of an operator with a tractor. In assessing the suitability of the provision made for getting on the tractor, an experiment was arranged in which operators tried to get on 3 tractors. The mode of getting on the tractors, the agony on the operator’s face, the muscular reactions and individual opinion on the difficulties or comfort while undertaking the task were observed and recorded. The specifications of tractors compared with Anthropometric Data

  5. EFFECT OF DRIVING WHEEL TYPE ON DRAWBAR PULL OF TRACTOR

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    Rudolf Abrahám

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on the possibility of increasing the drawbar pull of agricultural tractor on the soil and grass-covered surface. From our perspective, we have chosen one available and the cheapest way, i.e. steel boots for tyres of small tractors, and this was compared with a newly developed system of auto-extensible blades next to the wheel. The tractor with steel boots and auto-extensible blades reached a higher drawbar pull on average by 70 % in comparison with tyres.

  6. THE RESULTS OF MACHINE-TRACTOR UNIT’S TESTS ON THE BASIS OF A 1,4 TRACTOR HAVING A ROTARY MASS OF THE ENGINE

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    Kravchenko V. A.

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The article contains the results of machine-tractor unit’s researches on the basis of a class 1,4 tractor having a variable rotary mass of the engine. It is concluded that the use of additional rotary mass being linked at corresponding regimes of motion to the engine’s shaft or primary transmission shaft at the tractor furthers the improvement of operation indexes of a machine-tractor unit

  7. [Ergonomic evaluation of assembly line of tractors].

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    Dellera, L; Buratti, G

    2012-01-01

    In the assembly lines in the engineering sector, ever more guided by the theories of lean production, is increasingly important ergonomic factor working conditions to preserve the health of workers and ensuring the performance. This analysis has focused on the study of biomechanical and postural stress of work tasks of an assembly line of the tractor, characterized by different weights and volumes from that of the car. Comparison with the technical standard of EN 1005-4 has allowed the identification as the machining assembly of small components result in conditions of acceptability, while most of the other processes aren't reliable. The emergence of these problems pushed to find several ergonomic solutions including the development of a special reclining seat to enable a proper posture during the working.

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  9. SPECIFICITY AND TRENDS IN IMPROVEMENT OF TRACTOR TRAIN BRAKING DYNAMICS

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers an important problem in improvement of  braking dynamics potential as part of the overall tractor train dynamics consisting of  an all-wheel drive tractor and heavy-duty trailers which are either locally manufactured or developed with the participation of the paper’s authors. The trailers have a mechanical drive for their wheels from the tractor engine. The trains are intended for transportation peat, organic fertilizers and various loads in  forest exploitation and under other complicated soil and climatic and road conditions where there is justified necessity to activate the trailer wheels.Methodological tools have been developed with the purpose to analyze an influence of the blocked inter-double-reduction axle drive of an active tractor train on distribution of braking forces in double-reduction axles with due account of the heavy-duty peat trailer specificity. Theoretical provisions for wheeled vehicles have been developed with regard to the braking application specificity of active tractor trains with mechanical multi-path drive for wheels of a multi-double-reduction axle propulsion device. The paper presents calculation and theoretical data in order to estimate  distribution of specific braking forces in the double-reduction axle links of the active tractor train when the blocked inter-double-reduction axle drive of the tractor and trailer wheels is switched on and also in the case when the tractor engine is involved in braking process and a clutch coupling is switched-on.Sequence of the calculation formula has been completely carried out in the paper. They represent clear design and operational parameters of the active tractor train. Such approach has made it possible to realize them in the form of a software application which is convenient for analysis of the braking process pertaining to the investigated objects in order to select means for improvement of braking dynamics, rational parameters of multi

  10. COURSE REVERSAL OF TRACTOR UNIT ON FLAT PLOUGHING

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    V. Jatskevich

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a supportive maneuvering device for course reversal of a wheeled tractor unit on a smooth flat ploughing, its novelty is proved by a patent for an invention. Application of the supportive maneuvering device does not require any changes in design of commercial tractors. Theoretical and experimental investigations have been carried out in order to determine moments of resistance to course reversal according to minimum radius and time for such manouevre.

  11. Statistical analysis on reliability and serviceability of caterpillar tractor

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    WANG Jinwu; LIU Jiafu; XU Zhongxiang

    2007-01-01

    For further understanding reliability and serviceability of tractor and to furnish scientific and technical theories, based on the promotion and application of it, the following experiments and statistical analysis on reliability (reliability and MTBF) serviceability (service and MTTR) of Donfanghong-1002 and Dongfanghong-802 were conducted. The result showed that the intervals of average troubles of these two tractors were 182.62 h and 160.2 h, respectively, and the weakest assembly of them was engine part.

  12. Shape Optimization Of Front Axle Support Of Tractor

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    Shree Dewangan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The front axle support of tractor is the part of tractor which holds the engine of tractor and also gives support to it and lies between engine and front axle of tractor. According to the present market demand of off highway vehicle the low cost and light weight vehicle is in demand to fulfill the requirement of cost efficient vehicle. In this paper analysis of front axle support is done for study of stress generated in the component and then after optimization of its shape and according to the shape its weight will also reduced. Considering the effect of forces acted on such a heavy parts in tractor designed by casting having dynamic loads of less frequency with greater amplitude may cause great damage to the component. According to the production techniques of components in tractor front axle requires a properly designed support with high stiffness. The design of component was modeled in Creo parametric 2.0 and the analysis was performed in solid works. Shape optimization technique is used for performing optimization cause miserable reduction in weight of connecting rod. The optimized component is 10.35% lighter compare to initial design.

  13. The Influence of Tractor-Seat Height above the Ground on Lateral Vibrations

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    Jaime Gomez-Gil

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Farmers experience whole-body vibrations when they drive tractors. Among the various factors that influence the vibrations to which the driver is exposed are terrain roughness, tractor speed, tire type and pressure, rear axle width, and tractor seat height above the ground. In this paper the influence of tractor seat height above the ground on the lateral vibrations to which the tractor driver is exposed is studied by means of a geometrical and an experimental analysis. Both analyses show that: (i lateral vibrations experienced by a tractor driver increase linearly with tractor-seat height above the ground; (ii lateral vibrations to which the tractor driver is exposed can equal or exceed vertical vibrations; (iii in medium-size tractors, a feasible 30 cm reduction in the height of the tractor seat, which represents only 15% of its current height, will reduce the lateral vibrations by around 20%; and (iv vertical vibrations are scarcely influenced by tractor-seat height above the ground. The results suggest that manufacturers could increase the comfort of tractors by lowering tractor-seat height above the ground, which will reduce lateral vibrations.

  14. The influence of tractor-seat height above the ground on lateral vibrations.

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Gomez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Martin-de-Leon, Rebeca

    2014-10-22

    Farmers experience whole-body vibrations when they drive tractors. Among the various factors that influence the vibrations to which the driver is exposed are terrain roughness, tractor speed, tire type and pressure, rear axle width, and tractor seat height above the ground. In this paper the influence of tractor seat height above the ground on the lateral vibrations to which the tractor driver is exposed is studied by means of a geometrical and an experimental analysis. Both analyses show that: (i) lateral vibrations experienced by a tractor driver increase linearly with tractor-seat height above the ground; (ii) lateral vibrations to which the tractor driver is exposed can equal or exceed vertical vibrations; (iii) in medium-size tractors, a feasible 30 cm reduction in the height of the tractor seat, which represents only 15% of its current height, will reduce the lateral vibrations by around 20%; and (iv) vertical vibrations are scarcely influenced by tractor-seat height above the ground. The results suggest that manufacturers could increase the comfort of tractors by lowering tractor-seat height above the ground, which will reduce lateral vibrations.

  15. An experimental investigation of exhaust emission from agricultural tractors

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    Rashid Gholami, Hekmat Rabbani, Ali Nejat Lorestani, Payam Javadikia, Farzad Jaliliantabar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural machinery is an important source of emission of air pollutant in rural locations. Emissions of a specific tractor engine mainly depend on engine speed. Various driving methods and use of implements with different work capacities can affect the engine load. This study deals with the effects of types of tractors and operation conditions on engine emission. In this study two types of agricultural tractors (MF285 and U650 and some tillage implements such as centrifugal type spreader, boom type sprayer and rotary tiller were employed. Some of the exhausted gases from both tractors in each condition were measured such as, hydrocarbon (HC, carbon monoxide (CO, carbon dioxide (CO2, oxygen (O2 and nitrogen oxide (NO. Engine oil temperature was measured at every step for both types of tractors. Difference between steady-state condition and operation conditions was evaluated. The results showed all exhaust gases that measured and engine oil temperature at every operation conditions are higher than steady-state condition. A general conclusion of the work was that, using various implements and employing different types of tractors effect on engine emissions. The results of variance analysis showed all exhausted gases had a significant relationship with types of implements used at 1%. Also, all exhausted gases except CO had a significant relationship with types of tractors. A further conclusion was that NO emission increased as engine oil temperature increased. The final conclusion was about the difference between MF285 and U650; using U650 at operation conditions is better than MF285 in terms of pollution.

  16. An experimental investigation of exhaust emission from agricultural tractors

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    Gholami, Rashid; Rabbani, Hekmat; Lorestani, Ali Nejat; Javadikia, Payam; Jaliliantabar, Farzad [Mechanics of Agricultural Machinery Department, Razi University of Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-07-01

    Agricultural machinery is an important source of emission of air pollutant in rural locations. Emissions of a specific tractor engine mainly depend on engine speed. Various driving methods and use of implements with different work capacities can affect the engine load. This study deals with the effects of types of tractors and operation conditions on engine emission. In this study two types of agricultural tractors (MF285 and U650) and some tillage implements such as centrifugal type spreader, boom type sprayer and rotary tiller were employed. Some of the exhausted gases from both tractors in each condition were measured such as, hydrocarbon (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), oxygen (O2) and nitrogen oxide (NO). Engine oil temperature was measured at every step for both types of tractors. Difference between steady-state condition and operation conditions was evaluated. The results showed all exhaust gases that measured and engine oil temperature at every operation conditions are higher than steady-state condition. A general conclusion of the work was that, using various implements and employing different types of tractors effect on engine emissions. The results of variance analysis showed all exhausted gases had a significant relationship with types of implements used at 1%. Also, all exhausted gases except CO had a significant relationship with types of tractors. A further conclusion was that NO emission increased as engine oil temperature increased. The final conclusion was about the difference between MF285 and U650; using U650 at operation conditions is better than MF285 in terms of pollution.

  17. ANALYSIS OF POSSIBLE BLOCK SCHEMATIC DIAGRAMS OF ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSMISSIONS FOR WHEEL TRACTORS

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    A. Kliuchnikov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers advantages of stepless electromechanical transmissions. Possible diagrams of their development for application at wheel tractors have been presented in the paper. schemes for wheel tractors applications Presented and analyzed. 

  18. PARAMETER MATCHING OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ELECTROMECHANICAL POWER TRAIN OF WHEEL TRACTOR

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    A. Kliuchnikov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers stepless electromechanical power train of a wheel tractor. Methodology for parameter matching of electromechanical transmission and internal combustion engine for their optimum performance as part of a power wheel tractor unit. 

  19. Ensuring Machine and Tractor Aggregates Operability

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    Redreev, G. V.

    2016-08-01

    the operability of the machine and tractor aggregates is ensured by processes which occur in machine units and considered as technical systems. In order to develop theoretical understanding of the processes in technical systems as the basis and purpose of the repairserving actions, the author's concept is presented which relies on on the basic concepts of "processes in technical systems", "maintenance and repair of performers", "maintenance and repair of technology" "objectives of the maintenance and repair". Analysis of the basic concepts of "processes in technical systems" made possible to distinguishing four types of relations: of order, stipulation, exactingness, and non-contradiction. It is shown that the implementation of maintenance and repair of technology should be conducted according to the assessment of the effectiveness of processes in technical systems, revealed in complex diagnosis. The perfection of the design of the machine in terms of its technical operation can be estimated according to the degree of consistency of processes in technical systems, purposes of maintenance and repair. In order to increase the efficiency of the lubrication system,the modernised design of the centrifugal oil filter with permanent control of its cleaning power is offered, which allows changing the technology of the maintenance of engine lubrication system by separating the operations of crankcase oil replacement and the rotor filter cleaning.

  20. REDESIGNING OF TRACTOR TROLLEY AXLE USING ANSYS

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    Harish V. Katore,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In Central India, various small scale industries are adopting the crude methodologies for designing & manufacturing the machine components. One such industry producing tractor trolleys for agricultural use has been identified for this study. The existing trolley designed by the industry uses heavy axle without consideringstatic and dynamic loading conditions which in turn leads to higher factor of safety increasing the overall cost of the axle. In this study, existing trolley axle is redesigned considering the static and dynamic load conditions. A CAD model is prepared using CATIA V5 as a tool. Minimum cross section for the axle is calculated which resulted in the 24.8 % reduction in the weight of the axle. The axle dimensions are redesigned to 75 X 75 mm which is comparatively smaller than the old axle. The design is optimized based on the manufacturing cost of the axle. The failure analysis is performed on the axle of trolley used in agricultural area. These results provide atechnical basis to prevent future damage to the location axle.

  1. Tractor beam on the water surface

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    Punzmann, Horst; Xia, Hua; Falkovich, Gregory; Shats, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Can one send a wave to bring an object from a distance? The general idea is inspired by the recent success in moving micro particles using light and the development of a tractor beam concept. For fluid surfaces, however, the only known paradigm is the Stokes drift model, where linear planar waves push particles in the direction of the wave propagation. Here we show how to fetch a macroscopic floater from a large distance by sending a surface wave towards it. We develop a new method of remote manipulation of floaters by forming inward and outward surface jets, stationary vortices, and other complex surface flows using nonlinear waves generated by a vertically oscillating plunger. The flows can be engineered by changing the geometry and the power of a wave maker, and the flow dissipation. The new method is robust and works both for long gravity and for short capillary waves. We use a novel method of visualising 3D particle trajectories on the surface. This letter introduces a new conceptual framework for unders...

  2. Assessing farm tractor incidents and awareness levels of operators for tractor safety issues in the Hatay province of Turkey.

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    Keskin, S Görücü; Keskin, M; Soysal, Y

    2012-04-01

    Studies and statistical data on safety issues related to farm tractors and machinery are very limited in developing countries, including Turkey. This study was carried out to investigate tractor-related incidents in the Hatay province, located in the mid-south of Turkey. A questionnaire was conducted with 107 tractor operators using face-to-face interviews. Data were evaluated according to the incident type, machinery involved, and mechanism of injury or fatality. A total of 101 incidents were reported by 77 of the 107 respondents. Most of the incidents were due to tractor rollovers (65.4%), 14.8% of the incidents were due to entanglement of body parts in moving machinery, and 12.9% involved crashing into other vehicles or obstacles. The leading cause of the incidents was personal mistakes (60.4%). Fatalities resulted from 25.7% of the incidents, while 45.5% of the incidents caused non-fatal injuries. Only 5.6% of the tractors had a ROPS-enclosed cab. The percentage of ROPS-equipped tractors was 19.6%, while 41.3% of the tractors had a shade cover and 33.6% had no protective structure. Only one of the respondents used a seatbelt, although 44.9% of them stated that seatbelts should be used. It was also found that only 13.5% of the operators had training in work safety, while 95.1% stated that incidents might be reduced if people were trained. Development of appropriate policies and training programs are needed for safer operation of agricultural machinery to reduce injuries and fatalities due to farm accidents.

  3. Design and Analysis of an Active Helical Drive Downhole Tractor

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    LI, Yujia; LIU, Qingyou; CHEN, Yonghua; REN, Tao

    2017-03-01

    During oil-gas well drilling and completion, downhole tools and apparatus should be conveyed to the destination to complete a series of downhole works. Downhole tractors have been used to convey tools in complex wellbores, however a very large tractive force is needed to carry more downhole tools to accomplish works with high efficiency. A novel serial active helical drive downhole tractor which has significantly improved performance compared with previous work is proposed. All previously reported helical drive downhole tractors need stators to balance the torque generated by the rotator. By contrast, the proposed serial downhole tractor does not need a stator; several rotator-driven units should only be connected to one another to achieve a tractive force multifold higher than that was previously reported. As a result, the length of a single unit is shortened, and the motion flexibility of the downhole tractor is increased. The major performance indicators, namely, gear ratio, velocity, and tractive force, are analyzed. Experimental results show that the maximum tractive force of a single-unit prototype with a length of 900 mm is 165.3 kg or 1620 N. The analysis and experimental results show that the proposed design has considerable potential for downhole works.

  4. Performance of Single Axle Tractors in the Semi-Arid Central Part of ...

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  5. 4-H Tractor Operator Program Teaches Employability Skills and Safety to Youth

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    Barrett, Debra K.

    2013-01-01

    For Michigan State University Extension, the Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program has provided tractor safety education to teens for over 30 years. The certification training satisfies current requirements for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater agricultural tractor by 14- and 15-year-old youth employed on property "not" owned,…

  6. 49 CFR 399.207 - Truck and truck-tractor access requirements.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Truck and truck-tractor access requirements. 399... Vehicles § 399.207 Truck and truck-tractor access requirements. (a) General rule. Any person entering or exiting the cab or accessing the rear portion of a high profile COE truck or truck-tractor shall...

  7. A survey of tractors and rollover protective structures in Washington State.

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    Spielholz, P; Sjostrom, T; Clark, R E; Adams, D A

    2006-11-01

    A survey of farms in Washington State was conducted to determine tractor characteristics and the presence of rollover protective structures (ROPS) in a state with more inclusive rules on tractor retrofitting than federal regulations. A total of 544 valid surveys were completed from a proportional random sample across different types of farms. Responders indicated that 58% of tractors overall were equipped with ROPS, and 42% of the tractors without ROPS were exempt from the state rules. Seatbelts on tractors equipped with ROPS were reportedly used "sometimes" or more 30% of the time, and 17% of these tractors had no seatbelt installed. Tractors used for row crop farming were significantly more likely to be equipped with ROPS than those used for tree, vine, or hops farming. Older tractors were used for fewer hours, were less likely to be ROPS-equipped, and were less likely to be operated while wearing a seatbelt. The results were consistent with a positive effect of the Washington State ROPS requirements, demonstrated by the increased percentage of ROPS-equipped pre-1976 tractors, as compared to other states, and by the difference between ROPS-equipped tractors in exempt and non-exempt types of farming. The results point to the need for prevention activities to increase seatbelt use on ROPS-equipped tractors, and for further development of practical protection for tractors operating under overhead obstacles.

  8. 49 CFR 393.61 - Truck and truck tractor window construction.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Truck and truck tractor window construction. 393.61 Section 393.61 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL... and truck tractor window construction. Each truck and truck tractor (except trucks engaged in...

  9. 75 FR 2153 - Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the Tractor Tug FORTE

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    2010-01-14

    ... SECURITY Coast Guard Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the Tractor Tug FORTE AGENCY: Coast Guard... was issued for the tractor tug FORTE as required by 33 U.S.C. 1605(c) and 33 CFR 81.18. DATES: The... Purpose The tractor tug FORTE will be used for offshore supply operations. The horizontal distance...

  10. Path-tracking control of a tractor-aircraft system

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    Wang, Nengjian; Liu, Hongbo; Yang, Wanhui

    2012-12-01

    An aircraft tractor plays a significant role as a kind of important marine transport and support equipment. It's necessary to study its controlling and manoeuvring stability to improve operation efficiency. A virtual prototyping model of the tractor-aircraft system based on Lagrange's equation of the first kind with Lagrange mutipliers was established in this paper. According to the towing characteristics, a path-tracking controller using fuzzy logic theory was designed. Direction control herein was carried out through a compensatory tracking approach. Interactive co-simulation was performed to validate the path-tracking behavior in closed-loop. Simulation results indicated that the tractor followed the reference courses precisely on a flat ground.

  11. Path-tracking Control of a Tractor-aircraft System

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    Nengjian Wang; Hongbo Liu; Wanhui Yang

    2012-01-01

    An aircraft tractor plays a significant role as a kind of important marine transport and support equipment.It's necessary to study its controlling and manoeuvring stability to improve operation efficiency.A virtual prototyping model of the tractor-aircraft system based on Lagrange's equation of the first kind with Lagrange mutipliers was established in this paper.According to the towing characteristics,a path-tracking controller using fuzzy logic theory was designed.Direction control herein was carried out through a compensatory tracking approach.Interactive co-simulation was performed to validate the path-tracking behavior in closed-loop.Simulation results indicated that the tractor followed the reference courses precisely on a flat ground.

  12. Optimization potential of a standard tractor in road transportation

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    Michael Mederle

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In numerous farms road transportation is of high importance in the task range of a standard tractor. During the harvest of grain or biomass as well as during the application of organic substrates a certain number of tractors exclusively runs on the road. The present study shows under practical conditions opportunities to optimize standard tractors for road transportation with acceptable effort to increase machine utilization and process efficiency at the same time. By realizing certain optimizing measures fuel consumption can be reduced by 11.4 % on average. Increasing the maximum speed from 50 to 60 km/h results in time savings of 8.5 % on average, causing a 5.5 % higher fuel consumption on average. The benefits of the examined optimization measures always have to be judged farm- and situation specifically.

  13. The Tractor and Semitrailer Routing Considering Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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    Hongqi Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The incorporation of the minimization of carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions in the VRP is important to logistics companies. The paper deals with the tractor and semitrailer routing problem with full truckload between any two depots of the network; an integer programming model with the objective of minimizing CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer is proposed. A two-stage approach with the same core steps of the simulated annealing (SA in both stages is designed. The number of tractors is provided in the first stage and the CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer are then optimized in the second stage. Computational experiments on small-scale randomly generated instances supported the feasibility and validity of the heuristic algorithm. To a practical-scale problem, the SA algorithm can provide advice on the number of tractors, the routes, and the location of the central depot to realize CO2 emissions decrease.

  14. Risk analysis of tractor overturns on catfish farms.

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    Stephens, Walter B; Ibendahl, Gregory A; Myers, Melvin L; Cole, Henry P

    2010-10-01

    Fatal and nonfatal injuries occur on catfish farms as a result of tractor overturns, but these injuries can be greatly mitigated when a tractor is equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS) and seatbelt. This study analyzed the proportion of tractors on catfish farms in Mississippi not equipped with ROPS and the cost of retrofitting those tractors with a ROPS and seatbelt as compared to the expected benefits gained from adding the protection. To determine if farmers have the financial incentive to retrofit older tractors, a net present value framework was used because the expected benefits occur over a number of years. The ROPS retrofit is a one-time cost that occurs immediately, and thus the present value does not need to be calculated, i.e., time period 0. According to this study adding ROPS will provide a net benefit of $22,877 in the event of an overturn. When dealing with small farms (ROPS of $9.45 per year, whereas for large farms the net benefit is $4.70 (=125 acres). Given that the least expensive retrofit is $147, it would take 15.5 years of tractor use on the small farms for the expected benefits to outweigh the cost. Given the large range of costs that could occur due to an overturn, there could be a significant premium for not having ROPS protection. In other words, there likely is a smaller range of costs from an overturn with ROPS than without ROPS because ROPS reduces the more serious incidents.

  15. Tractor controls actuating force limits for Indian operators.

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    Mehta, C R; Pandey, M M; Tiwari, P S; Gite, L P; Khadatkar, Abhijit

    2011-01-01

    In four-wheel tractors, proper design of controls is important for comfortable and safe operation of the tractor. The design involves location and dimensions of controls as well as strength limits for operating these controls. The present study was aimed to quantify human strength for operation of tractor controls and to recommend the maximum control actuating forces for normal operation of tractors based on strength capability of 3,423 Indian male agricultural workers. The 5th percentile values of strength parameters i.e. leg strength sitting (left and right), foot strength sitting (right), torque strength (both hands) sitting, push strength (left hand and right hand) sitting and pull strength (left hand and right hand) sitting of agricultural workers collected using a strength measurement set-up were taken into consideration for the study. It was recommended that the maximum actuating forces for normal operation of frequently operated brake and clutch pedals of tractors should not exceed 260 N and 125 N based on 5th percentile values of right and left leg strength of male agricultural workers, respectively. The maximum actuating force required in steering wheel operation should not exceed 51 N based on 5th percentile value of torque strength (both hands) sitting of workers. The maximum actuating forces required for operating frequently operated levers viz. gear selection, speed selection, hydraulic control and hand throttle of Indian tractors should not exceed 46 N, 46 N, 25 N and 25 N, respectively. It may be concluded that the maximum actuating force limits as given in Bureau of Indian Standards IS 10703 are very high as compared to the findings of the study based on strength data of Indian male operators, which highlight the need to revise the standard.

  16. Conformally warped manifolds, quasi-Einstein metrics, and tractors

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    Case, Jeffrey S

    2011-01-01

    We present a natural formulation of CWMs in the language of tractor bundles from conformal geometry. In particular, this gives rise to a correspondence between quasi-Einstein metrics and parallel sections of certain tractor bundles. We use this formulation to give a sharp upper bound on the dimension of the vector space of quasi-Einstein metrics, providing a different perspective on some recent results of He, Petersen and Wylie. We also use this formulation to mention some potentially interesting connections between conformal geometry, the study of quasi-Einstein metrics, and gradient Ricci solitons.

  17. Mission concepts and operations for asteroid mitigation involving multiple gravity tractors

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    Foster, Cyrus; Bellerose, Julie; Mauro, David; Jaroux, Belgacem

    2013-09-01

    The gravity tractor concept is a proposed method to deflect an imminent asteroid impact through gravitational tugging over a time scale of years. In this study, we present mission scenarios and operational considerations for asteroid mitigation efforts involving multiple gravity tractors. We quantify the deflection performance improvement provided by a multiple gravity tractor campaign and assess its sensitivity to staggered launches. We next explore several proximity operation strategies to accommodate multiple gravity tractors at a single asteroid including formation-flying and mechanically-docked configurations. Finally, we utilize 99942 Apophis as an illustrative example to assess the performance of a multiple gravity tractor campaign.

  18. The Research on Selecting the Optimum Coefficient of Inharmonious Motion for the Front Wheel Assist Tractor

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    HuangXinghua; LinWumin

    1995-01-01

    Based on dynamic analysis for the Front Wheel Assist(FWA) tractor,a calculating and analysing method on selecting the optimum coefficient of inharmonious motion for the FWA tractor is described in this paper and the mathematical odels are also established.The article first time dlefines the ratio of thrust of front wheels to that of rear wheels.Which is an important parameter affeeting the tractive performance of the FWA tractor and establishes the conditon of no power circulation of the FWA tractor.The optimum coefficient of inharmonious motion for a FWA tractor (UTB-445)is also given.

  19. The rod of Aesculapios: John Haygarth (1740-1827) and Perkins' metallic tractors.

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    Booth, Christopher

    2005-08-01

    James Gillray's cartoon Metallic Tractors, published in 1801, portrays Benjamin Perkins treating a boil on the nose of an alcoholic John Bull with a pair of metallic tractors. The tractors had been invented by his father, Elisha Perkins of Connecticut, and were supposed to relieve pain and other symptoms through the agency of animal magnetism. The tractors were revealed as nothing more than an expensive sham by Dr John Haygarth in Bath, who showed that wooden tractors were equally effective. Thus, he was one of the first to use a placebo in a single-blind clinical trial.

  20. Public health focus: effectiveness of rollover protective structures for preventing injuries associated with agricultural tractors.

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    1993-01-29

    Agriculture ranks fourth among U.S. industries for work-related fatalities (1). Fatalities associated with agricultural machinery commonly involve farm tractors, and rollover incidents (i.e., the tractor tips sideways or backward and overturns, crushing the operator) account for 46% (Minnesota) to 76% (Georgia) of all farm tractor-related fatalities (2). Annually, agricultural tractor rollovers result in approximately 132 work-related deaths among persons aged > or = 16 years* (3). This report summarizes information regarding the efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of rollover protective structures (ROPS) on agricultural tractors.

  1. Dealing with pre-ROPS tractors: is a trade-in program the solution?

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    Sorensen, Julie A; Conway, George A; DeSpain, Michael S; Wyckoff, Sherry; Bayes, Barbara; May, John J

    2011-01-01

    Tractor overturns are the leading cause of work-related death in an industry with the highest occupational fatality rate. Rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts are 99% effective in reducing the risk of an overturn fatality. However, kits are not available for 20% of tractors currently lacking ROPS. For these tractor owners, two potential solutions have been discussed: (1) technology for reinforcing tractor axles to accommodate ROPS and (2) a pre-ROPS tractor removal program. The purpose of this study was to conduct preliminary research to assess the feasibility of a tractor trade-in program. Focus groups were conducted with pre-ROPS tractor owners and tractor dealers. The data were analyzed using a concept development analytical approach and results were reviewed in an industry stakeholder's workgroup session. Data from the research indicates that tractor owners and dealers would need persuasive financial incentives to participate in a trade-in program. The workgroup session also indicated that it would be difficult to fund or support a large-scale initiative, and the economics of removing a large group of older tractors from the marketplace may exacerbate financial roadblocks. However, the data from this study could be used to pilot test a small-scale, focused, tractor buy-back program.

  2. A Wide Span Tractor concept developed for efficient and environmental friendly farming

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    Pedersen, Hans Henrik; Grøn Sørensen, Claus; Oudshoorn, Frank W;

    2013-01-01

    Tractors, as we know them today, have evolved from the two-wheel driven tractors introduced in the 1920s. Basically, the design has not changed over the years, but the power output has increased more than 10 fold and the weight of tractors has increased by a similar factor. The weight...... of agricultural machines is compromising the productivity of soils, and the size is a challenge when manoeuvring on public roads. Tractors were successful in replacing horses, but it is now time for redesigning the basic tractor design. In an attempt to counter the mentioned negative effects of modern...... agricultural machines a new Wide Span (WS) tractor concept has been designed and a prototype tractor with a span of 9.6 m (wheel centre to wheel centre) has been built. It is designed to optimise the Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) system that is already in place on the vegetable farm where it is being tested...

  3. Agricultural Tractor Selection: A Hybrid and Multi-Attribute Approach

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    Jorge L. García-Alcaraz

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Usually, agricultural tractor investments are assessed using traditional economic techniques that only involve financial attributes, resulting in reductionist evaluations. However, tractors have qualitative and quantitative attributes that must be simultaneously integrated into the evaluation process. This article reports a hybrid and multi-attribute approach to assessing a set of agricultural tractors based on AHP-TOPSIS. To identify the attributes in the model, a survey including eighteen attributes was given to agricultural machinery salesmen and farmers for determining their importance. The list of attributes was presented to a decision group for a case of study, and their importance was estimated using AHP and integrated into the TOPSIS technique. In this case, one tractor was selected from a set of six alternatives, integrating six attributes in the model: initial cost, annual maintenance cost, liters of diesel per hour, safety of the operator, maintainability and after-sale customer service offered by the supplier. Based on the results obtained, the model can be considered easy to apply and to have good acceptance among farmers and salesmen, as there are no special software requirements for the application.

  4. Single Gradientless Light Beam Drags Particles as Tractor Beams

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    Novitsky, Andrey; Qiu, Cheng-Wei; Wang, Haifeng

    2011-01-01

    is the strong nonparaxiality of the light beam, which contributes to the pulling force owing to momentum conservation. The nonparaxiality of the Bessel beam can be manipulated to possess a dragging force along both the radial longitudinal directions, i.e., a "tractor beam" with stable trajectories is achieved...

  5. Assay in engine of agricultural tractor with biofuel

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    Lopes, Reny Adilmar Prestes; Meyer, Wagner [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (DEA/CCA/UEM), Cidade Gaucha, PR (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Agrarias. Dept. de Engenharia Agricola], E-mail: raplopes@uem.br; Pinheiro Neto, Raimundo; Pinheiro, Andreia Cristina [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (DAG/CCA/UEM), PR (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Agrarias. Dept. de Agronomia; Laurindo, Jose Carlos [Instituto de Tecnologia do Parana (CERBIO/TECPAR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Centro Brasileiro de Referencia em Biocombustiveis; Biazzono, Sergio Luis [Instituto de Tecnologia do Parana (TECPAR), Maringa, PR (Brazil). Inspecao Veicular

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    The use of biofuel in tractors of diesel engines and agricultural harvester, in the operations of soil preparation and harvest, is a good option of fuel economy for the agriculturist. For a good performance of the machine a good regulation is necessary. The experiment was carried through in the Experimental Farm Iguatemi of the State University of Maringa, Maringa - PR. A tractor Massey Ferguson MF275 was used for the assay connected to be even grating. It carried through if the assays of consumption of diesel (100%) and biofuel (diesel 80% + vegetable oil 20%). To carry through the assay tractor + grating with three openings and without load was used to be even set. The rotation without load and of work was of 1900 rpm and mean speed of 6 km h{sup -1}. The hourly consumption was verified by a test tube and a fluxgate OVAL Flow mate M III - LSF 45L0-M2 connected to data logger CR23X. The hourly consumption was express in L h{sup -1}. The engine of the tractor presented similar behavior of fuel consumption for diesel and biofuel. The mean values of consumption had been inside of the specified one for the manufacturer. Mixture 80% diesel + 20% vegetable oil can be used as biofuel in the engine in study. (author)

  6. Tractor Mechanic--Student Material. Competency Based Education Curriculum.

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    McCann, Edward W.

    Developed to assist vocational agricultural mechanics students in learning to be tractor mechanics, this curriculum guide contains all the student competency sheets which comprise this competency-based curriculum. These competency sheets are categorized under sixteen instructional units. The first two units cover employment opportunities and…

  7. Math on the Job. Tractor-Trailer Driver.

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    This booklet is intended to help mainstreamed mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, or learning disabled high school students acquire a basic understanding of the responsibilities and working conditions of tractor-trailer drivers and to practice basic math skills necessary in the occupation. The first section provides a brief introduction to…

  8. A SURVEY OF FARM TRACTOR MANAGEMENT IN ZAMFARA STATE

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    Mar 1, 2013 ... Ministry of Agriculture, State Tractor Hiring and Sales Agency (ZSTHSA), and through personal visits to the 14 Local ... increase in population which is growing at an average annual rate of ..... Promotion/Salary Increase. 0. 0.0.

  9. Návrh údržby a technického zajištění vybraného modelového území (sídlištní zeleň)

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    This thesis addresses the issues associated with the maintenance of green spaces and assembly processes. It describes the different categories of automated equipment such as lawn tractors, scarifiers, brush cutters and various hand tools. For these compositions are described in part processed drawing tables, which contain their technical parameters. Another part is to select a model green building settlement drawn technological maintenance procedure with the addition of suitable machinery. It...

  10. Models of diagnostic relations in a wheeled tractor

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    Ryszard Michalski

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Modern wheeled tractors are equipped with new-generation electric and electronic systemswhich control the operation of actuator systems. Such solutions require an on-board computer foronline monitoring of functional performance, exhaust gas emissions, safety and operating parameters.Mechatronic diagnostic systems identify the machine’s actual operating load in different operatingmodes and under specific circumstances.Knowledge engineering methods have not yet been developed in the process of diagnosing a tractor’sdefects, but they seem to offer almost endless possibilities. A defect is defined as every event whichhas an adverse effect on tractor performance and which should be detected in the diagnostic processwith an indication of the type and place of damage as well as the magnitude and variability of damageover time. Diagnostic knowledge is a symbolic representation of empirical relations based on whichdiagnostic procedures are developed.The identification of diagnostic relations based on different methods and information sources willfoster the growth of reliable declarative knowledge comprising facts and state-symptom diagnosticrelations, as well as procedural knowledge which underlies diagnostic inference.The determination of symptom-damage relations requires a knowledge base of potential defects in theassemblies and subassemblies of a wheeled tractor. A diagnostic knowledge base can be created based on the identified diagnostic relations, including data acquired during damage simulations.The identification of diagnostic relations between specific defects and the corresponding parameterswas one of the key steps in the process of developing a mechatronic diagnostic system in a wheeledtractor. To facilitate the detection of specific defects at a given moment, a single set of diagnosticsymptoms was allocated to every defect in a wheeled tractor. Diagnostic symptoms are identified bysensors when threshold values are exceeded

  11. Development and Evaluation of Tractors and Tillage Implements Instrumentation System

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    S. A. Al-Suhaibani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Field machines contribute a major portion of the total cost of crop production. Proper selection and matching of farm machinery is essential in order to reduce the cost of crop production. Performance data for tractors and implements are, therefore, essential for farm machinery operators and manufacturers alike. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate an instrumentation system for tractor and agricultural implements. Approach: An instrumentation system was developed and mounted on an MF 3090 tractor to measure and record data for the various performance parameters of the tractor and attached tillage implements. The system was designed to measure: drawbar pull, three-point linkage forces, rear and front wheel forces, PTO torque, ground speed, tillage depth, fuel consumption, engine speed and fluid temperatures. Results: The system performed well during the field operations and the results obtained showed that the accuracies of the transducers were acceptable. The wheel torque and weight transducers measured the torque and forces acting on the tractor wheels with high accuracy. The other transducers measured the vertical and the horizontal forces on mounted implements of categories II (40-100 hp and III (80-225 hp. The field tests showed significant increase in the draft with increases in the depth and speed. A general regression equation to predict draft of the implements was developed. Conclusion: The system was capable of measuring the draft of primary tillage implements on sandy loam soils at various speeds and depths with high accuracy. The data was recorded, displayed and analyzes simultaneously.

  12. Personal noise exposures of operators of agricultural tractors.

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    Aybek, Ali; Kamer, H Atil; Arslan, Selçuk

    2010-03-01

    Approximately one million agricultural tractors are used in Turkey for crop production and about one-third of the population lives in rural areas. The objectives of this study were to determine sound pressure levels, A-weighted sound pressure levels, and the permissible exposure time for tractors without cabins, field-installed cabins, and original cabins at ear level of agricultural tractor operators for following machines: plows, cultivators, top soil cultivators, rotary tillers, tool combinations (harrow+roller), mechanical drills, pneumatic drills, chemical applicators, fertilizer applicators, drum mowers, balers, and forage harvesters. Variance analyses showed that type of operation, type of cabins, and operation x cabin interactions were statistically significant (Ptractors without cabins. Sound pressure levels at 4000Hz center frequency was reduced 2-13dB and 4-18dB by using a field-installed cabin and an original cabin, respectively. The measured A-weighted equivalent sound pressure levels were compared to the threshold limit level, and was concluded that depending on the cabin types used, the operators could usually work from 4 to 6h a day without suffering from noise induced inconveniences while 2-3h is permissible for plowing and forage harvesting on tractors without cabins. Due to timeliness considerations in agricultural machine operations, a farmer would not be willing to interrupt the operation based on permissible exposure time set by the standards. Based on the findings of this study, particularly an original cabin is recommended to reduce machine-induced noise below the danger limit during agricultural machine operations. Personal protection devices should be used when tractors are operated without cabins, which could reduce A-weighted equivalent sound pressure levels by 10-45dB(A).

  13. Operators' perception of comfort in two tractor cabs.

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    Ferrari, E; Cavallo, E

    2013-01-01

    Workspace characteristics affect the perceived comfort level of the operator and uncomfortable working conditions have been found to have a negative impact on productivity and safety. The comfort of the operator is increasingly recognized by manufacturers as a product's added value. Comfort can positively distinguish a product and increase its competitiveness. The concept of comfort is controversial, and a clear operational definition is missing. Nevertheless, it is widely accepted that comfort is a subjective phenomenon that can be evaluated by the final users. In this study, comfort aspects of the tractor workspace interior (i.e., the cab) were investigated. Users with various levels of expertise and two medium-power utility tractors of different brands were used in a 2 x 2 mixed-factorial experimental design. Participants were involved in a dynamic assessment of the cabs, and their opinions about the different workspaces were collected through a questionnaire. Additionally, objective measurements were taken on both tractors, and subjective data were compared with objective data. Results indicate significant differences in terms of the ease of locating and operating the controls (i.e., rear-mounted three-point linkage, hydraulic system, and power take-off), the ease of starting the tractor, the ease exiting the cab, the required level of concentration in executing the tasks, the adequacy of lateral visibility from the driving station, and the level of noise at the operator's position. This article provides guidance for improving the comfort of tractor workspace interiors. Agricultural machinery manufactures would benefit from research results, differentiating themselves from competitors.

  14. Safety status of farm tractors that operate on public highways in four rural Kentucky counties.

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    Cole, H P; Piercy, L R; Heinz, K L; Westneat, S C; Arrowsmith, H E; Raymond, K M

    2009-07-01

    Kentucky FFA students inspected 153 farm tractors for safety features that prevent operator injuries during tractor overturns, highway collisions, runovers, and power take-off (PTO) entanglements. Tractor mean age was 23.6 years (SD = 20.9). Rollover protective structures (ROPS) were present on 50.66% of tractors, but only 33.33% of these had functional seatbelts. Loose and damaged seats were found on 30.46% of tractors. In 38.99% of cases, tractor rear-wheel fenders exposed operators to moving tractor tires, and 48.67% of tractors had dangerously worn or damaged tires. Tractors with a narrow front-end stance comprised 16.11% of the total. Only 53.06% of the tractors had starters with secure hard cover by-pass starting shields that fully covered the starter terminals, and 37.37% had fully exposed terminals with no cover. PTO master shields with all parts present and undamaged were present on only 29.27% of the tractors, and in 39.02% of cases the entire shield was missing. Only 44.67% of the tractors had properly mounted and fully functional mounting and dismounting access steps and handholds. SMV emblems were missing on 53.64% of tractors and in the proper place and condition in only 25.83% of cases. Tractors with properly mounted and fully functional head and tail lights comprised 40.94% of the sample, and tractors with no functional lights comprised 24.16%. Properly mounted, clean, and functional rearview mirrors were present on only 19.87% of the tractors, and 69.54% had no rearview mirrors. The project increased farming and non-farming students' awareness of tractor safety issues, provided empirical data about the safety status of a sample of tractors that frequently travel public highways in four rural Kentucky farming counties, and promoted dialog about these issues with adult farmers and other community members with whom the students interacted.

  15. A spatial cluster analysis of tractor overturns in Kentucky from 1960 to 2002

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    Saman, D.M.; Cole, H.P.; Odoi, A.; Myers, M.L.; Carey, D.I.; Westneat, S.C.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Agricultural tractor overturns without rollover protective structures are the leading cause of farm fatalities in the United States. To our knowledge, no studies have incorporated the spatial scan statistic in identifying high-risk areas for tractor overturns. The aim of this study was to determine whether tractor overturns cluster in certain parts of Kentucky and identify factors associated with tractor overturns. Methods: A spatial statistical analysis using Kulldorff's spatial scan statistic was performed to identify county clusters at greatest risk for tractor overturns. A regression analysis was then performed to identify factors associated with tractor overturns. Results: The spatial analysis revealed a cluster of higher than expected tractor overturns in four counties in northern Kentucky (RR = 2.55) and 10 counties in eastern Kentucky (RR = 1.97). Higher rates of tractor overturns were associated with steeper average percent slope of pasture land by county (p = 0.0002) and a greater percent of total tractors with less than 40 horsepower by county (ptractor overturns exist in Kentucky and identifies factors associated with overturns. This study provides policymakers a guide to targeted county-level interventions (e.g., roll-over protective structures promotion interventions) with the intention of reducing tractor overturns in the highest risk counties in Kentucky. ?? 2012 Saman et al.

  16. Study on dynamic model of tractor system for automated navigation applications

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    FENG Lei; HE Yong

    2005-01-01

    This research aims at using a dynamic model of tractor system to support navigation system design for an automatically guided agricultural tractor. This model, consisting of a bicycle model of the tractor system, has been implemented in the MATLAB environment and was developed based on a John Deere tractor. The simulation results from this MATLAB model was validated through field navigation tests. The accuracy of the trajectory estimation is strongly affected by the determination of the cornering stiffness of the tractor. In this simulation, the tractor cornering stiffness analysis was identified during simulation analysis using the MATLAB model based on the recorded trajectory data. The obtained data was used in simulation analyses for various navigation operations in the field of interest. The analysis on field validation test results indicated that the developed tractor system could accurately estimate wheel trajectories of a tractor system while operating in agricultural fields at various speeds. The results also indicated that the developed system could accurately determine tractor velocity and steering angle while the tractor operates in curved fields.

  17. Study on Large Power Tractor Driver's Heart Rate and Fatigue in Sowing Work

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    KONG Degang; ZHAO Yongchao; ZHU Zhenying; ZHANG Shuai; ZHU Lei

    2008-01-01

    In order to reduce the driving fatigue in sowing work, this paper based on heart rate (HR) as the main indicator to survey, tested and analyzed the fatigue condition of the drivers of three imported tractors and one domestic tractor in sowing work. The results showed that when driving the imported tractors in sowing work, the HR increasing rate was 10.4%-14.3%, labor intensity belonged to the light level;when driving domestic tractor in sowing work, the HR increasing rate was 23.4%-33.0%, it was remarkably bigger than that of driving imported tractors (P<0.05), labor intensity belonged to the middle level. The main effects on driving fatigue included the control methods, tractors' cab environment, processing time, operating content, and so on. Finally, we proposed the concrete measures and suggestions to reduce driving fatigue and improve drivers' work condition.

  18. Farm tractors, and the use of seat belts and roll-over protective structures.

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    Kelsey, T W; May, J J; Jenkins, P L

    1996-10-01

    Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) on farm tractors could significantly reduce the rate of fatal occupational injury on farms, but comparatively few tractors have them. Many of the policy discussions have focused on trying to identify the percentage of tractors that do not have ROPS, even though such a focus probably does not accurately represent effective protection by ROPS. This study investigates whether including differences in hours of usage, tractor activities, and seat belt use affects estimates of farm operators' protection by ROPS. In general, tractors used more hours a year were more likely to have ROPS. ROPS status also varied by tractor activity. When adjusting for seat belt use, effective ROPS protection is much less than when considering just ROPS status. Measures of the effective coverage of ROPS and policy responses should reflect these differences in hours, activities, and seat belt use.

  19. Ergonomic assessment of drivers in MF285 and MF399 tractors during clutching using algometer

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    Hossein Fallahi

    2016-03-01

    The results showed that the clutching forces for MF285 and MF399 tractors were 340 N and 290 N, respectively. The knee angle of the drivers of the two tractors was statistically different at the one percent level of significance. The reduction of pain threshold after 30 and 60 s clutching and also 60 s rest after clutching in MF285 tractor, for all three muscles, were more than those of MF399 tractor. The impact of clutching on the average decreases of pain threshold, for all drivers and all clutching periods, during and after clutching, in the Quadratus lumborum muscle was more than the other two muscles, in both tractors. In order to reduce the clutching force for MF285 tractor some modifications is suggested. In this regard the force transfer joint between the pedal and the clutch release linkage may be replaced with one made of cast iron.

  20. Helical tractor beam: analytical solution of Rayleigh particle dynamics.

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    Carretero, Luis; Acebal, Pablo; Garcia, Celia; Blaya, Salvador

    2015-08-10

    We analyze particle dynamics in an optical force field generated by helical tractor beams obtained by the interference of a cylindrical beam with a topological charge and a co-propagating temporally de-phased plane wave. We show that, for standard experimental conditions, it is possible to obtain analytical solutions for the trajectories of particles in such force field by using of some approximations. These solutions show that, in contrast to other tractor beams described before, the intensity becomes a key parameter for the control of particle trajectories. Therefore, by tuning the intensity value the particle can describe helical trajectories upstream and downstream, a circular trajectory in a fixed plane, or a linear displacement in the propagation direction. The approximated analytical solutions show good agreement to the corresponding numerical solutions of the exact dynamical differential equations.

  1. Comparative economics of bullock and tractor use in Rajasthan

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    Goyal, D.; Joshi, B.R.; Taimni, V.

    1981-12-01

    Bullocks have traditionally been an important source of traction power in the agricultural sector of arid areas of western Rajasthan. The advent of the green revolution and massive allocation of planned resources for rapid agricultural development have generated sizable element of competition in the pattern of power use in farm sectors. This study has revealed a positive case for limited substitution of bullocks by tractors in the arid region and has further indicated that under the constrained availability of tractors, complete substitution of bullocks would result in wastage of the available power resource of the arid region. It has been inferred that a limited substitution of power use should be allowed in arid farms where the time of completing farm chores is the overriding consideration. Even this limited substitution will need a vigorous infra-structural development for meeting the input-demands created by the increased quantum of mechanical energy use.

  2. [The differential diagnosis of the types of trauma caused by wheeled tractors].

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    Zaval'niuk, A Kh

    1993-01-01

    Examinations of 23 corpses and study of 282 expert conclusions concerning the deaths of subjects aged 6 to 78 dead because of wheeled tractor injuries under agricultural conditions helped detect the specific characteristic signs of tractor injury types. Mathematical method of analysis of the characteristic features' quantitative parameters permitted the author to find statistically reliable criteria for differential diagnosis of the types of injuries inflicted by wheeled tractors. The possibility of correct conclusions of an expert using this method is at least 95%.

  3. Rollover protection on New York tractors and farmers' readiness for change.

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    May, J J; Sorensen, J A; Burdick, P A; Earle-Richardson, G B; Jenkins, P L

    2006-08-01

    Tractor overturns contribute significantly to fatalities in New York State agriculture. On-site inspections a decade ago indicated that approximately 60% of tractors were without effective rollover protection. Our objectives were: to describe the current prevalence and distribution of rollover protective structures (ROPS) on New York farm tractors, to identify characteristics associated with the absence of ROPS, to explore segmenting the New York farm community on readiness for ROPS retrofitting, and to identify demographic characteristics that might assist in this segmenting. A random selection of 644 livestock, dairy, fruit, cash crop, vegetable, and organic farms were contacted for a telephone survey. Of 562 farms (87%) participating, 102 (18.1%) had all tractors equipped with ROPS and 138 (24.6%) had none. A disproportionate number of livestock, cash crop, and organic operations had no ROPS. Rates of ROPS-equipped tractors correlated directly with farm size and annual hours of tractor operation. Older farmers had a lower proportion of ROPS tractors. The presence of a child operator did not affect the proportion of ROPS tractors. After weighting the sample, the total number of non-ROPS tractors in New York is estimated at more than 80,000. In addition to providing key farm demographics, the survey enabled placement of farmers on a "stage of change" continuum related to readiness for retrofitting. Three-quarters of New York farmers are in the "precontemplation" stage of change relative to ROPS retrofitting, and this varies little by size of operation, age of farmer, or the presence of child tractor operators. Stage of change may relate to hours of tractor operation (p = 0.05) and does relate to commodity (p = 0.003) due primarily to the higher proportion of crop farmers in the earliest stage of change. The goal of retrofitting all New York farm tractors with ROPS appears nearly as daunting as it did a decade ago.

  4. Operational characteristics of tractors driven by children on farms in the United States and Canada.

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    Marlenga, B; Pickett, W; Berg, R L; Murphy, D

    2004-01-01

    Farm tractors are an important source of traumatic injury for children on farms. There is, however, no documentation about the age and size of tractors that children are operating and little information about the frequency with which rollover protective structures (ROPS) are used. This study described tractors that children on farms in the U.S. and Canada were operating by age, horsepower, and the presence of ROPS, according to the age and gender of the farm children involved. As a sub-analysis of data compiled during a randomized controlled trial, a descriptive analysis was completed on work exposure data collected by telephone interview. Of the 1,113 children involved in the trial, 522 (47%) were reported to perform at least one job that involved the operation of a farm tractor, and 408 (36.7%) were operating tractors of at least 20 horsepower. The majority of these children were male. There was a wide range of ages and sizes of tractors operated. However, the majority of tractors were between 20 and 70 horsepower and manufactured after 1970. Nearly one-half of the tractors were equipped with ROPS, and these tended to be newer and larger tractors. This analysis provides new data about the broad range of tractors driven by farm children in the U.S. and Canada. The findings point to a need to re-examine the reliance on a single voluntary standard to mitigate the hazard of tractor rollovers and the need for an enhanced safety policy requiring all tractors operated by children be equipped with ROPS.

  5. Technological Innovations in Agricultural Tractors: Adopters’ behaviour towards new technological trajectories and future directions

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    Ester Ferrari; Luigi Bollani; Mario Coccia; Eugenio Cavallo

    2013-01-01

    Latest advancements in tractors engineering have allowed farmers to increase productivity, and simultaneously to reduce operator’s hazards. However, little attention has been given to farmers’ behaviour and attitude toward the adoption of technological innovations concerning agricultural tractors. The study explores farmers’ behaviours on agricultural tractors current and future technological trajectories. A main case study concerning Italy is analyzed. Results show three different behaviours...

  6. Influence of slip on lateral displacement of the tractor on slope

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    R.M. Makharoblidze

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Theoretical analysis of influence of leading away of wheels on the lateral displacement of thetractor on a slope, is given. A calculating formula for lateral displacement of the tractor on the; down-hill side of the slope, considering: angle of the slope; mass of the tractor; coefficient of; leading away of wheels; speed of displacement and traveled path, is deduced. In accordance; with this, some traction and exploitation indices of the tractor aggregates are made more exact at; operating on the slope. The research results can be used in developing of new mountain tractors.

  7. Theoretical Consideration of The Controllability Indicator of Machine-Tractor Unit Movement

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    Bulgakov Volodymyr

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper is focused on the issues of controllability of machine-tractor units based on wheel-type tractors during their non-straight driving on the soil surface, which is positioned at an angle to the horizon. There were obtained analytical expressions for the determination of the actual indicator of control λd, including both the power and the design parameters of the machine-tractor unit, which affect the abovementioned indicator in the longitudinal vertical plane. These expressions are obtained for the tractor driving on both road and also driving during field operation. In addition, the paper discusses the conditions under which there may occur the cross-slip of the tractor steering wheels in the transversal horizontal plane. As a result of this review, there were obtained the analytical expressions for determining the required indicator of the controllability λd of machine-tractor unit in the horizontal plane, excluding the possibility of lateral sliding of the unit by turning its steering wheels at a certain angle. These expressions are obtained for the two modes of the machine-tractor unit: for driving during transport on the road and during the operation in the field. The machine-tractor unit based on the wheel-type tractor with rear mounted 3-mouldboard plough was analytically investigated. By means of computer calculations, there was observed the fact that when moving in non-straight direction on the soil surface, inclined to the horizon at an angle of 12°, the machine-tractor unit is controllable only when the angles of the steering wheel of the given tractor do not exceed 9°. During the working movement (ploughing of the given machine-tractor unit on an inclined field surface, its controllability will be preserved on condition that the angle of the tractor steering wheels does not exceed 11°. According to obtained results, it can be stated that the controllability of the machine-tractor unit is determined by the indicator of

  8. System identification, adaptive control and formation driving of farm tractors

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    Rekow, Andrew Karl Wilhelm

    Great increases in agricultural productivity and profitability can be gained by increasing the navigational control accuracy of a farm tractor. To maximize accuracy in the presence of environmental uncertainties, a novel technique for on-line parameter identification has been developed. This method combines the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and the Least Mean Square (LMS) algorithms and is used to identify key parameters which describe the dynamics of a farm tractor. This algorithm provides a 15:1 improvement in computational efficiency over the traditional EKF, while offering comparable convergence rates and noise rejection properties. Experimental data on a full-sized John Deere tractor shows a 25 percent improvement in lateral accuracy when using then adaptive controller versus a fixed controller over identical trajectories. In addition to parameter identification, farmers require formation driving capability for routine operations. Multiple farm vehicles work cooperatively together to accomplish a common goal. Several formation driving algorithms were developed for these varying requirements. An experimental implementation of a fully autonomous farm vehicle following a human operated lead vehicle demonstrated an accuracy of 10 centimeters in the in-track direction and 10 centimeters in the cross track direction.

  9. Effect of Hand Transmitted Vibration through Tractor during Ploughing Field

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    Md. Zakaullah Zaka

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, transmission of vibration from the steering wheel of the tractor without any trailer attached with it is discussed. The vibration measurements were carried out on the tractor randomly.An investigation was conducted to determine the transmission of vibration from the steering wheel of the hand tractor to the wrist and upper arm of the operator under actual field conditions during ploughing field. The vibration level on the steering wheel was measured and analyzed and the frequency spectra for the chosen working conditions were obtained. The results indicate that the maximum transmissibility was observed in the first two frequency interval (in Hz i.e. 1-20 and 20-40, which may harm the operator. The frequency interval was 1-20 (target-wrist, 1-20 (target-upper arm, 20-40 (base-steering, 20-40 (base-steering and frequency zone was 0.022, 0.3974, 0.2066 and 0.1531 respectively.

  10. 29 CFR 1926.1003 - Overhead protection for operators of agricultural and industrial tractors used in construction.

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    2010-07-01

    ... industrial tractors used in construction. 1926.1003 Section 1926.1003 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor... protection for operators of agricultural and industrial tractors used in construction. (a) General—(1) Purpose. When overhead protection is provided on wheel-type agricultural and industrial tractors,...

  11. Error analysis and data forecast in the centre of gravity measurement system for small tractors

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    Jiang, J.D.; Hoogmoed, W.B.; Yingdi, Z.; Xian, Z.

    2011-01-01

    A novel centre of gravity measurement system for small tractors with the principle of the three-point reaction is presented. According to the prototype of a small tractor gravity centre test platform, a mathematic multi-body dynamics prototype was built to analyze the measurement error in the centre

  12. Evaluation of Massey Ferguson Model 165 Tractor Drivers exposed to whole-body vibration

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    P. Nassiri

    2013-12-01

    Conclusion: This study shows that the need to provide intervention , controlling and managing measures to eliminate or reduce exposure to whole body vibration among tractor drivers its necessary. And, preventing main disorder Including musculoskeletal disorders, discomfort and early fatigue is of circular importance. More studies are also necessary to identify the sources of vibration among various of tractors.

  13. Forces required to operate controls on farm tractors: implications for young operators.

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    Fathallah, F A; Chang, J H; Berg, R L; Pickett, W; Marlenga, B

    2008-07-01

    Farm tractors account for the majority of fatal injuries to adolescents working in agriculture and therefore remain a leading occupational priority. The question of whether these injuries occur because adolescents are assigned tractor jobs beyond their physical capabilities has not been answered. The purpose of this study was to estimate the activation forces required to operate controls on 40 tractors in common use in the US and compare them with existing estimates of physical strength for children of varying ages and with recommended ergonomic force limits for repeatedly engaging controls. Activation forces for steering, brakes and clutch were measured on each tractor. The main study finding was that the activation forces required to operate tractors typically exceeded the physical abilities of most children aged 13 to 17 years. This raises serious questions about the ability of children to safely operate tractors in common use on US farms. This study provides an ergonomic approach for evaluating the potential mismatch between young people's strength capabilities and forces required in operating farm tractors. This approach could be used in similar situations where adolescents may operate vehicles (e.g. all-terrain vehicles), machinery or other mechanical devices requiring activation of levers and controls. Study findings potentially inform the establishment of occupational policies surrounding tractor operation by young people.

  14. New tractors with dual-clutch transmission; Neue Traktoren mit Doppelkupplungsgetriebe

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    Fuchs, Andreas

    2012-04-15

    John Deere unveiled its new 6R series of tractors at Agritechnica 2011. The tractors will be offered in the course of 2012 with a dual-clutch transmission. Further innovations include a higher engine output and a higher lifting capacity. (orig.)

  15. Parameters for assay in engines of agricultural tractor for biofuel use

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    Lopes, Reny Adilmar Prestes; Meyer, Wagner [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (DEA/CCA/UEM), Cidade Gaucha, PR (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Agrarias. Dept. de Engenharia Agricola], E-mail: raplopes@uem.br; Pinheiro Neto, Raimundo; Pinheiro, Andreia Cristina [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (DAG/CCA/UEM), PR (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Agrarias. Dept. de Agronomia; Laurindo, Jose Carlos [Instituto de Tecnologia do Parana (CERBIO/TECPAR), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Centro Brasileiro de Referencia em Biocombustiveis; Biazzono, Sergio Luis [Instituto de Tecnologia do Parana (TECPAR), Maringa, PR (Brazil). Inspecao Veicular

    2008-07-01

    The use of biofuel in tractors of diesel engines and agricultural harvester, in the operations of preparation of soil and harvest, is a good option of economy for the agriculturist. For a good performance of the machine, regulation and maintenance is necessary. This paper has the objective to prepare the agricultural tractors engine for the use of biofuel. The experiment was carried through State University of Maringa. One used for the assays three Massey Ferguson tractors engines. The smoke assays and opacity had shown that both the tractors had presented problems of regulations. The assays demonstrate the necessity of periodically to carry through the correct maintenance of the machines, as well as the training of the operators. The regulations allow adjusting the engines of the tractors to operate in situations recommended for the manufacturers. The regulations allow the correct functioning and better accompaniment of the useful life of the engine using biofuel in operations of soil preparation, sowing and harvest. (author)

  16. Design and implementation of a GPS guidance system for agricultural tractors using augmented reality technology.

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    Santana-Fernández, Javier; Gómez-Gil, Jaime; del-Pozo-San-Cirilo, Laura

    2010-01-01

    Current commercial tractor guidance systems present to the driver information to perform agricultural tasks in the best way. This information generally includes a treated zones map referenced to the tractor's position. Unlike actual guidance systems where the tractor driver must mentally associate treated zone maps and the plot layout, this paper presents a guidance system that using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, allows the tractor driver to see the real plot though eye monitor glasses with the treated zones in a different color. The paper includes a description of the system hardware and software, a real test done with image captures seen by the tractor driver, and a discussion predicting that the historical evolution of guidance systems could involve the use of AR technology in the agricultural guidance and monitoring systems.

  17. Repair and maintenance costs of hill-farm tractors and transporters for upland mechanisation

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    Markus Lips

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The annual repair and maintenance costs of two types of motorised agricultural machines for upland agriculture, hill-farm tractors (twoaxle mowers and transporters, are estimated on the basis of crosssectional data. An aggregation leads to the accumulated repair and maintenance costs for the entire service life of the machines, expressed as a repair and maintenance factor (RMF. Given the strong influence of annual utilisation, a high annual utilisation combined with a short length of service leads to lower accumulated costs. While the RMFs of hill-farm tractors and transporters are similar, they are higher than those of standard 4-wheel drive tractors analysed in a similar study. This effect is especially relevant for low annual utilisation, as is the case for both machine types under current operating conditions in Switzerland. Accordingly, the assumption that the RMFs of hillfarm tractors and transporters are equivalent to those of standard 4- wheel drive tractors is not to be recommended.

  18. Characteristics of Hand Transmitted Vibration through Steering Wheel of Tractor during Ploughing Field

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    Md Zakaullah Zaka

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the transmission of vibrations through the steering wheel of the tractor during the ploughing field. The measurements of vibration were carried out on the tractor randomly chosen. An investigation was conducted to determine the transmission of vibration from the steering wheel of the tractor to the wrists and upper arms of the operator under actual field conditions during ploughing field. The vibrations transmitted through the steering wheel of the tractor to the hand of the operator was measured and the frequency spectra for the chosen working conditions were obtained. The maximum transmissibility of vibration were observed in the first two frequency interval (in Hz i.e. 1-20 and 20-40. The vibration, which is transmitted from the steering wheel of the tractor to the wrists, arms and shoulders causes discomfort to the operator and results in early fatigue.

  19. IMPROVEMENT OF ROAD-HOLDING ABILITY FOR “BELARUS” TRACTORS

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    V. P. Boikov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction of new efficient braking systems for energy-packed tractors is of great importance for agricultural production. Foreign tractor manufacturing companies are implementing brake systems and in addition to their main function they fulfil function for holding of the given driving direction. The paper considers achievements in the field of electronic systems for tractor road-holding ability. A diagram on proportion of high-power tractors in total export volume of tractors and machinery manufactured in Belarus in the period of 2007–2010 has been drawn in the paper. The paper also proposes a comparative diagram on tractor speeds of international manufacturers which can serve as indicators of speed and road-holding ability of tractors with special electronic systems and without them. The paper contains an analysis of various braking mechanisms of planetary gears and detailed description of their design. A scheme of a laboratory facility for investigation of planetary gear usage as a breaking mechanism while changing conditions of jamming has been presented in the paper. The paper provides description on graph dependencies of current strength and voltage on as a function of the braking torque which is applied to a planetary gear. Nowadays energy-packed “Belarus”-tractors of Class 5 do not have a separate braking for each of four wheels. Therefore, it is proposed to use planetary gearbox of the rear-axle drive being available in every wheel as the basis of a service brake with the purpose to implement the described design. Using such scheme it is possible to execute an introduction of electronic systems for road-holding ability. A generalized scheme of an electronic system for tractor road-holding ability which can ensure separate breaking of all tractor wheels has been drawn out on the basis of the existing automotive electronic systems.

  20. Energetics on bullock- and tractor-powered farms in India

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    Gupta, R.S.R.; Malik, R.K.; Gupta, R.R.; Rao, A.R.

    1983-10-01

    Data collected for 20 tubewell-irrigated farms of the Karnal district in North India have been analyzed for the energy inputs through animate and inanimate resources into farm equipment and machinery. All the inputs into equipment from mining to fabrication and maintenance, or as fodders to raise and maintain bullocks, have been taken into account with due weight given for scrap. Energy inputs due to agricultural equipment for a hectare of wheat crop are estimated at 38.7 GJ on bullock-powered farms, and 14.6 GJ on tractor-operated farms. 10 references, 6 tables.

  1. Tribological Properties of Biodegradable Universal Tractor Transmission Oil

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    M. Stojilković

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The annual consumption of lubricants in the world is around 40 million tons out of which less than 40 % are collected and properly processed meaning regeneration, re-refining and controlled incineration while the rest is disposed without control thus contaminating soil, water and atmosphere. It's one of the reasons that the last twenty years the environmentally friendly lubricants are more and more used. For the production of environmentally friendly lubricants are mostly used vegetable oil. In the field of the application of environmentally friendly lubricants attention should be given to the technical requirements including protection from the wear, corrosion protection, high load carrying properties and fulfilment of all the requirements imposed by the producer of the mechanical system. This paper presents development and testing of the biodegradable universal tractor transmission oil (UTTO based on the vegetable oils. Tribological properties of the oils based on rapes oil, sunflower and soya, after corresponding testing, compared with the features of the commercially available mineral universal tractor transmission oil.

  2. Retrofitting tractors with rollover protective structures: perspective of equipment dealers.

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    Tonelli, S M; Donham, K J; Leedom-Larson, K; Sanderson, W; Purschwitz, M

    2009-10-01

    This study was one of a cluster of studies that originated via requests for proposals from the NIOSH National Agricultural Tractor Safety Initiative. The present study design consisted of several steps: (1) formation of an advisory group, (2) development and testing of a standard paper self-responding survey instrument, (3) sample selection of farm equipment dealers, (4) administration of the survey, (5) assessment and analysis of the survey, and (6) in-person response panel of dealers (n = 80) to review results of the questionnaire for further definition and sharpening of the recommendations from the survey. A key finding is that most dealers do not currently sell or install ROPS retrofit kits. Barriers cited by dealers included (1) actual or perceived lack of farmer demand, (2) injury liability, (3) expensive freight for ordering ROPS, (4) lack of dealer awareness of the magnitude of deaths from tractor overturns and the high life-protective factor of ROPS, and (5) difficulty and incursion of non-recoverable expenses in locating and obtaining specific ROPS. Despite not currently selling or installing ROPS, dealers responded favorably about their future potential role in ROPS promotion and sales. Dealers were willing to further promote, sell, and install ROPS if there was demand from farmers. Recommendations include establishing a ROPS "clearing house" that dealers could contact to facilitate locating and obtaining ROPS orders from customers. Additional recommendations include education and social marketing targeting farm machinery dealers as well farmers, manufacturers, and policy makers.

  3. de tractores de clase traccional 14 kN

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    Omar González C.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Los tractores de la clase traccional 14 kN resaltan por su número en la agricultura cubana. Este trabajo tiene el objetivo de determinar el neumático más apropiado para el desempeño del tractor en condiciones de suelo blando, suelo medio y suelo firme, de un total de siete tipos de neumáticos estudiados. La metodología utilizada es la proporcionada por el modelo de predicción de tracción de Brixius (1987, los principales coeficientes y fuerzas que caracterizan la dinámica de tracción (resistencia a la rodadura, fuerza de tracción, coeficiente de resistencia a la rodadura, coeficiente de tracción neta, coeficiente de tracción bruta y eficiencia de tracción se obtuvieron en función del índice de cono del suelo. Los resultados muestran que en condiciones de suelo blando el incremento en las dimensiones del neumático (ancho y diámetro exterior favorece la obtención de fuerza de tracción, sin embargo, a medida que aumenta la dureza del suelo se reduce la diferencia en la fuerza de tracción desarrollada

  4. Prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors in U.S. aquaculture.

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    Myers, M L; Westneat, S C; Myers, J R; Cole, H P

    2009-04-01

    Aquaculture involves the production of plant and animal products that are cultured in water. The principal freshwater fishes raised in the U.S. are catfish (raised mainly in ponds) and trout (raised mostly in concrete raceways), and the principal crustaceans grown are shrimp, crayfish, oysters, and clams. Tractors are used on aquaculture farms mostly in pond culture. Ponds present overturn hazards because of the slopes of levees, slippery conditions, and nighttime driving. Protection is afforded to the tractor operator when a rollover protective structure (ROPS) is attached to the tractor. The purpose of this study was to analyze and describe the prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors on farms engaged in aquaculture in the U.S. The analysis concluded that 78% of tractors used in aquaculture were equipped with a ROPS, in contrast with the prevalence of ROPS at 49% for all of agriculture. Moreover, 91% of the tractors in the South used for aquaculture were equipped with a ROPS. The national sample for aquaculture included 75 farms and 137 tractors, which is small, but nonetheless, several hypotheses can be generated as a result of this descriptive study.

  5. Methodological approach to assess tractor stability in normal operation in field using a commercial warning device

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    V. Rondelli

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Since Roll-Over Protective Structures (ROPS are mandatory on tractors, the number of fatalities caused in the event of an upset is definitely reduced. Nevertheless, fatal accidents caused by machine loss of stability are still of great concern. In fact, despite ROPS have reduced injury to agricultural operators, tractor stability is still a complex issue due to its high versatility in use, especially considering normal operations in field, when interactions with the environment such as soil morphology and climatic conditions are involved, as well as interactions with operator skills and experience. With the aim of collecting data on different variables influencing the dynamics of tractors in field, a commercial device that allows the continuous monitoring of working conditions and the active configuration of the machines was fitted on standard tractors in normal operation at the experimental farm of the Bologna University. The device consists of accelerometers, gyroscope, GSM/GPRS, GPS for geo-referencing and a transceiver for the automatic recognition of tractor-connected equipment. A microprocessor processes data and provides information, through a dedicated algorithm requiring data on the geometry of the tested tractor, on the level of risk for the operator in terms of probable loss of stability and suggests corrective measures to reduce the potential instability of the tractor.

  6. Parental knowledge of child development and the assignment of tractor work to children.

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    Pickett, William; Marlenga, Barbara; Berg, Richard L

    2003-07-01

    Many childhood farm tractor injuries occur during the performance of work that was assigned by parents, and some tractor work is beyond the developmental capabilities of children. This has been highlighted recently by a policy statement authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The objective of this study was 1) to assess child development knowledge of farm parents who received a new resource, the North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks (NAGCAT), and 2) to determine whether this knowledge was associated with use of NAGCAT in the assignment of tractor jobs and with compliance with 2 aspects of the NAGCAT tractor guideline. Secondary analysis of data collected during a randomized controlled trial that involved 450 farms in the United States and Canada was conducted. Variables assessed included 1) parental knowledge of child development across several age groups and 3 domains of child development (physical, cognitive, and psychosocial), 2) documentation of the most common tractor jobs assigned to each child, and 3) a report of whether NAGCAT was used in assigning these tractor jobs. High parental knowledge of child development was associated with enhanced use of NAGCAT and fewer violations when assigning tractor work to children. However, even in the presence of high knowledge, some farm parents still assigned to their children work that was in violation of NAGCAT. Educational interventions by themselves are not sufficient to remove many farm children from known occupational hazards. These findings are discussed in light of the recent policy statement on agricultural injuries from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  7. Action Learning: a new method to increase tractor rollover protective structure (ROPS) adoption.

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    Biddle, Elyce Anne; Keane, Paul R

    2012-01-01

    Action Learning is a problem-solving process that is used in various industries to address difficult problems. This project applied Action Learning to a leading problem in agricultural safety. Tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatal injury to farmworkers. This cause of injury is preventable using rollover protective structures (ROPS), protective equipment that functions as a roll bar structure to protect the operator in the event of an overturn. For agricultural tractors manufactured after 1976 and employee operated, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation requires employers to equip them with ROPS and seat belts. By the mid-1980s, US tractor manufacturers began adding ROPS on all farm tractors over 20 horsepower sold in the United States (http://www.nasdonline.org/document/113/d001656/rollover-protection-for-farm-tractor-operators.html). However, many older tractors remain in use without ROPS, putting tractor operators at continued risk for traumatic injury and fatality. For many older tractor models ROPS are available for retrofit, but for a variety of reasons, tractor owners have not chosen to retrofit those ROPS. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) attempted various means to ameliorate this occupational safety risk, including the manufacture of a low-cost ROPS for self-assembly. Other approaches address barriers to adoption. An Action Learning approach to increasing adoption of ROPS was followed in Virginia and New York, with mixed results. Virginia took action to increase the manufacturing and adoption of ROPS, but New York saw problems that would be insurmountable. Increased focus on team composition might be needed to establish effective Action Learning teams to address this problem.

  8. The Feasibility of Unmanned Tractor Guidance Based on Wireless Video Transmission

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    M Mazidi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Automation of tractors due to their widespread use in different sectors e.g. agriculture, construction and industry have been seriously considered by researchers. In this study a tele-steering system for tractor was designed and constructed to controling and steering so the operator can control the tractor even far away from the stressful condition of tractor cab, . A CCTV camera and an electric motor were used in order to view the path and to rotate the steering shaft accordingly. Bilateral communication between the control center outside the tractor and control unit on the tractor was provided by a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN. To evaluate the effect of relevant parameters on system performance camera position, steering shaft rotational speed and tractor ground speed were selected as experimental factors in a completely randomized design. Root mean square of error (RMSE of lateral deviations and frequency of out of range around the reference route (Nout were used as criteria in variance analysis. The results for two different ground surfaces with three replications showed that the performance of system had less sensitivity on soil surface and had better stability because of deformable structure and condition of soil compare to asphalt. Steering speed alone had no effect on the accuracy of tractor guidance. This is because the accuracy of the system mainly depends on capability, skillfulness and mental concentration of the operator. The position of the camera installed in front of the tractor had higher accuracy than that of rear camera. Moreover, by increasing ground speed the RMSE of lateral deviations and Nout increased and this is in agreement with the results of previous research works.

  9. Fatalities associated with improper hitching to farm tractors--New York, 1991-1995.

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    Approximately half of all injury-related fatalities in the agricultural industry are associated with farm tractors (1). Since April 1991, the New York State Department of Health's Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities (OHNAC) program has investigated 27 incidents of sudden rear rollover of farm tractors (i.e., incidents in which the tractor flips backward, rotating around its rear axle); these incidents resulted in 15 fatalities. This report describes four of these incidents, summarizes the characteristics of the 16 incidents that involved improper hitching, and outlines strategies for reducing the risk for their occurrence.

  10. Accelerated Life Test Design for Tractor Powertrain Front Axle

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    Ismail Azianti

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Accelerated Life Test (ALT has been applied in the manufacturing for many years due to rapid changing technologies, more complex products, speedier product development, and more demanding customer requirements. These reasons have pushed the manufacturers to acquire reliability information faster. ALT allows reducing the time needed to show the reliability of the product. The purpose of this study is to design accelerated life testing which involved determination of normal test time, acceleration factor, acceleration test time, and finally experimental setup. This case study provides the basis for ALT designs for the tractor front axle based on customer usage and field failure analysis, which were conducted to estimate the current reliability, especially on the B10 life during the operational stage of the product. The accelerated life test conducted has guaranteed the B10 life of 4,000 hours with 90% confidence level for lesser time needed for testing to show the reliability of the front axle assembly.

  11. Machine-Tractor Aggregates Operation Assurance by Mobile Maintenance Teams

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    Redreev, G. V.; Myalo, O. V.; Prokopov, S. P.; Solomkin, A. P.; Okunev, G. A.

    2017-07-01

    operability of machine-tractor aggregates (MTA) is ensured by purposeful activity of maintenance and repair performers. MTAs operation assurance can provide achievement of absolutely different goals. For further development of technical service formation concept concretization in the part of determining locations of maintenance and repair performers and their area of expertise is suggested, as well as of arising peculiarities of equipment. The theoretical task is reduced to the type of tasks of distribution of recourses or transportation tasks. Mobile maintenance teams of regional agricultural equipment manufacturers’ dealers have experience of technical service performance. The formed stream of requests from agricultural plants determines the direction of correcting of existing theoretical provisions, confirming necessity of further development of centralized method of technical service by efforts and means of manufacturers’ dealers.

  12. Soil compaction and structural morphology under tractor wheelings

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    Shanahan, Peter; Quinton, John; Binley, Andrew; Silgram, Martyn

    2010-05-01

    Compaction of cultivated soils is a major problem for agriculture in terms of yield decline and sustainable soil resource management. Tramline wheelings exacerbate runoff and increase erosion from arable land. The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) LINK Project - a joint venture between agri-business, land managers and research groups - is currently evaluating a number of methods for alleviating compaction in tractor wheelings across a range of soil types in England. Using innovative applications of agri-geophysics (e.g. ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, acoustics and x-ray tomography), this current project aims to determine relationships between properties derived from geophysical methods (e.g. soil moisture, porosity), soil compaction and structural morphology. Such relationships are important for a clearer understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in compacted soils, to address land management practices and develop cost-effective mitigation measures. Our poster will present some early results of this study.

  13. The smooth (tractor) operator: insights of knowledge engineering.

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    Cullen, Ralph H; Smarr, Cory-Ann; Serrano-Baquero, Daniel; McBride, Sara E; Beer, Jenay M; Rogers, Wendy A

    2012-11-01

    The design of and training for complex systems requires in-depth understanding of task demands imposed on users. In this project, we used the knowledge engineering approach (Bowles et al., 2004) to assess the task of mowing in a citrus grove. Knowledge engineering is divided into four phases: (1) Establish goals. We defined specific goals based on the stakeholders involved. The main goal was to identify operator demands to support improvement of the system. (2) Create a working model of the system. We reviewed product literature, analyzed the system, and conducted expert interviews. (3) Extract knowledge. We interviewed tractor operators to understand their knowledge base. (4) Structure knowledge. We analyzed and organized operator knowledge to inform project goals. We categorized the information and developed diagrams to display the knowledge effectively. This project illustrates the benefits of knowledge engineering as a qualitative research method to inform technology design and training.

  14. Summary of NREL's Recent Class 8 Tractor Trailer Platooning Testing (Presentation)

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    Lammert, M.; Kelly, K.; Walkowicz, K.

    2014-08-01

    This presentation summarizes NREL's recent class 8 tractor trailer platooning testing, including analysis of SAE J1321 Type II fuel consumption testing, fuel consumption improvement, fuel economy and platooning position accuracy.

  15. Quantum coherent tractor beam effect for atoms trapped near a nanowaveguide

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    Sadgrove, Mark; Wimberger, Sandro; Nic Chormaic, Síle

    2016-01-01

    We propose several schemes to realize a tractor beam effect for ultracold atoms in the vicinity of a few-mode nanowaveguide. Atoms trapped near the waveguide are transported in a direction opposite to the guided mode propagation direction. We analyse three specific examples for ultracold 23Na atoms trapped near a specific nanowaveguide (i.e. an optical nanofibre): (i) a conveyor belt-type tractor beam effect, (ii) an accelerator tractor beam effect, and (iii) a quantum coherent tractor beam effect, all of which can effectively pull atoms along the nanofibre toward the light source. This technique provides a new tool for controlling the motion of particles near nanowaveguides with potential applications in the study of particle transport and binding as well as atom interferometry. PMID:27440516

  16. Exposure to audible and infrasonic noise by modern agricultural tractors operators.

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    Bilski, Bartosz

    2013-03-01

    The wheeled agricultural tractor is one of the most prominent sources of noise in agriculture. This paper presents the assessment of the operator's exposure to audible and infrasonic noise in 32 selected modern wheeled agricultural tractors designed and produced by world-renowned companies in normal working conditions. The tractors have been in use for no longer than 4 years, with rated power of 51 kW to up to 228 kW (as per 97/68 EC). Audible and infrasonic noise level measurements and occupational exposure analysis to noise were performed according to ISO 9612:2009 (strategy 1 - task-based measurements). The measurements were made in different typical work conditions inside and outside of tractors cabs. The results indicated that exposure levels to noise perceived by the operators (L(ex,Te) between 62,3 and 84,7 dB-A) and can make a small risk of potential adversely effects on hearing during tasks performed inside the closed cab. It should be remarked that uncertainty interval is wider and in in some conditions can occur transgression of audible noise occupational exposure limits. The measured audible noise levels can potentially develop the non-auditory effects. Analysed tractors emit considerable infrasonic noise levels that tend to exceed the occupational exposure limits (both inside and outside the driver's cab). The levels of infrasound: 83,8-111,4 dB-G. All tractors introduced for sale should be subjected to tests in terms of infrasonic noise levels. The applicable standards for low frequency noise and its measurement methods for vehicles, including agricultural tractors, should be scientifically revised. In the last years there has been a noticeable technical progress in reduction of audible noise exposure at the tractors operators workplaces with simultaneously lack of important works for limitation of exposure to infrasound. Author discuss possible health and ergonomic consequencies of such exposure.

  17. EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS OF ENERGY ACCUMULATING MECHANISM FOR TRACTOR WITH ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSMISSION

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    Ch. I. Zhdanovich

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Dependence of tractor wheel torque on theoretical tractor motion speed has been used for comparison of tractor operation with electromechanical transmission with installation of energy accumulating mechanism and without its installation. In this case a traction asynchronous electric motor is operating under nominal and limit conditions. The paper also considers dependence diagrams of actual input power for the traction asynchronous electric motor and its losses due to theoretical tractor motion speed. Tractor wheel torque is limited during the operation of the traction asynchronous electric motor with energy accumulating mechanisms by the following factors: maximum electric motor torque at the given frequency of supply voltage; maximum value of internal combustion motor output which can be transferred to the traction asynchronous electric motor; grip of the wheels. During the operation of the traction asynchronous electric motor with energy accumulating mechanisms there is a possibility for short power consumption without regard to the second limitation because it is possible to use power not only of internal combustion motor but also the power which is stored in the energy accumulating mechanisms. Comparison of characteristics has been made when a tractor is operating at high gear and when it is operating at all gears (that is two gears. Operation of the 5th class tractors has been analyzed for all possible cases (operation with energy accumulating mechanisms and without the mechanisms while being operated at all gears and various types of work: tilling, sowing, cultivation, bulldozing work, transport mode. In this case equipment has been used which is aggregated with the 5th class tractor

  18. Design and Performance Assessment of a Semi-Active Suspension Model of Tractor Cabin

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Cumulative effect of transmitted vibrations to the tractor driver not only leads to driver health problems, but also reduces the driver working efficiency. Tractor suspension system is one of the methods which is employed to lower the level of transmitted vibrations to the driver. In this study the design and performance assessment of a semi-active suspension model of tractor cabin was considered. Tractor full vibration model was developed first, and subsequently a semi-active ON-OFF damper model was designed. The examination of the model indicated that doubling the piston area and the volume of hydraulic accumulator air chamber, led to 39% increase and 31% reduction of the resonance frequency of transmitted vibrations to the driver, respectively. On the other hand doubling the piston area and the primary air pressure of the accumulator, affected the RMS of transmitted vibration to the driver by 77 cm s-2 reduction and 66 cm s-2 increase, respectively. Moreover, the numerical comparison of the model outputs with and without activation of semi-active cabin suspension, while the model was stimulated with the same input function, led to 43% improvement in RMS acceleration of the transmitted vibrations to the tractor seat. Therefore, the designed semi-active suspension model of cabin was able to attenuate the level of transmitted vibrations to the tractor driver.

  19. A summary of state laws regulating youth operating farm tractors on highways.

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    Doty, B C; Marlenga, B

    2006-02-01

    Driving farm tractors on highways is hazardous for youth due to the large speed differential between motor vehicles and agricultural vehicles, as well as recent increases in traffic volume on many rural roads. In 1994, the state of Wisconsin enacted legislation requiring youth who operate farm tractors on highways to complete a tractor and machinery certification course. We were interested in finding out whether other states have similar requirements. The purpose of this project was to collect and summarize state laws regulating youth who operate farm tractors on highways in the U.S. A systematic method was used that included an initial Lexis-Nexis database search followed by internet searches in combination with follow-up email and telephone communications when missing or unclear results were obtained. The findings show that 14 states have legislation addressing youth who operate farm tractors on highways. The content of these statutes varies, but includes driver's license or educational requirements, as well as regulations concerning the ages, locations, and/or times of day when youth may drive farm machinery on highways. This compilation of state laws will be useful information for agricultural safety professionals in designing effective outreach programs. A synthesis of the findings may also lead to the development of model legislation or inform future research efforts aimed at preventing youth farm tractor crashes on highways.

  20. A REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE USE OF TRACTORS ON MODEL FARMS PRODUCING ENERGY CROPS

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    Benedykt Pepliński

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The potential area of energy crops in Poland is estimated at 1.0–4.5 million ha. The decrease in the prices of energy reduces the high pressure to cut the costs of biomass production. The aim of this study is an analysis of the use of tractors on model farms producing energy crops, which have different areas, intensity of production and quality of soils from different regions of Poland. The use of tractors increased along with the farm area, the soil quality and production intensity. The use of tractors on the smallest farms is low, so they should buy old tractors. A large share of crops for biogas leads to the situation where it takes 20–30 years of work for tractors to achieve full wear of 12,000 hours on farms with 130 ha of farmland, whereas it takes only 8–14 years on farms with 600 and 1500 ha of farmland. Regional differences in the use of tractors increased along with the farm area from 4.7–5.7% on the smallest farms to 10.1–14.8% on the largest farms.

  1. Formation flying solar-sail gravity tractors in displaced orbit for towing near-Earth asteroids

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    Gong, Shengping; Li, Junfeng; Baoyin, Hexi

    2009-11-01

    Several methods of asteroid deflection have been proposed in literature and the gravitational tractor is a new method using gravitational coupling for near-Earth object orbit modification. One weak point of gravitational tractor is that the deflection capability is limited by the mass and propellant of the spacecraft. To enhance the deflection capability, formation flying solar sail gravitational tractor is proposed and its deflection capability is compared with that of a single solar sail gravitational tractor. The results show that the orbital deflection can be greatly increased by increasing the number of the sails. The formation flying solar sail gravitational tractor requires several sails to evolve on a small displaced orbit above the asteroid. Therefore, a proper control should be applied to guarantee that the gravitational tractor is stable and free of collisions. Two control strategies are investigated in this paper: a loose formation flying realized by a simple controller with only thrust modulation and a tight formation realized by the sliding-mode controller and equilibrium shaping method. The merits of the loose and tight formations are the simplicity and robustness of their controllers, respectively.

  2. Effect of Metarhizium anisopliae on Insect Pests in Lawn%绿僵菌与化学农药对草坪地下害虫控制效果的比较

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    李有志; 马骏; 黎家文; 文礼章

    2005-01-01

    近年来,随着城市绿化草坪和高尔夫球场总面积的扩大,影响草坪质量的虫害问题也日益突出。由于农药在草坪上的大量使用,其污染和残留问题已引起人们的重视。寻找污染少、残留低,又能有效地控制草坪害虫的杀虫剂是当前草坪害虫治理中的课题之一。金龟子绿僵菌(Metarhizium anisopliae)作为一种生物农药已被广泛地用于防治蝗虫、蟑螂等害虫。作者就绿僵菌和两种化学药剂对草坪害虫的防治效果作了比较试验,现报道如下。

  3. The study on use of homemade coated fertilizers on lawn grass (Axonopus compressus )%新型包膜复合肥在地毯草上的应用研究

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    韩晓日; 刘兴斌; 王月; 索准民; 杨劲峰

    2007-01-01

    我国城镇绿化面积不断扩大。其中一大部分是种植草坪,随之而来的就是草坪的施肥问题。我国生产和使用的草坪专用肥料很少,大多为常规速效复合肥,施肥不当不仅会给环境造成面源污染,而且影响绿化质量。针对草坪的营养特点,我们研制出包膜控释草坪专用肥料,并分析了其在地毯草上的应用效果。

  4. Microscopic Detection of Endophytic Fungus Carrying Rate from Wild and Lawn Gramineous Grasses in Xinjiang%新疆几种野生禾草和草坪禾草的内生真菌带菌率检测

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    张盼盼; 施宠; 李桂真; 王纯利

    2013-01-01

    The interaction of plant-endophytic association was very significant for the ecological adaptability of the grasses in arid region. This research aimed at the endophytic fungi carrying rate and their morphology through microscopically inspecting the different parts of several gramineous grasses collected in Xinjiang, which could provide information and material for the future application of such endophytic fungal resources. Aniline blue staining method was applied for detection of endophytic fungi carrying rate in the seed skin and aleuronic layer and leaf sheaths. The result showed that leaf sheaths, aleurone layer, seed coat of Elymus was detected in mycelia, and carrier rate was high; the vast majority of respondents were not detected in leaf sheath of endophytic bacteria; many plant seed aleurone layer was not detected in endophytic bacteria; however the belt strain rate was very high, most of them could be detected and hyphae; Xinjiang gramineous grasses had many symbiotic bacteria, and provided rich resources for the physiological and biochemical characteristics of host and endophyte.%  植物-内生真菌复合体的相互作用对干旱区禾草的生态适应性具有重要的影响。本研究旨在通过检测新疆各种禾草不同部位的内生真菌带菌率及其形态,为内生真菌资源今后的开发利用提供依据和材料。采用苯胺兰染色方法对禾草种子的糊粉层、种皮、植物叶鞘的内生真菌带菌率进行了检测。结果显示,披碱草的叶鞘、糊粉层、种皮均检测到菌丝,并且带菌率很高;绝大部分被调查的禾草叶鞘内未检测到内生菌;很多植物种子糊粉层中检测不到内生菌;然而种皮带菌率很高,大部分都可以检测到菌丝;因而可以看出新疆禾草有很多并且有很高带菌的共生体,为研究寄主及内生菌的生理生化特性提供丰富的资源。

  5. 甘肃玛曲高寒草原沙化草地植物多样性研究%Study on Plant Diversity of Different Desertification Lawn in Maqu Alpine Grassland

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    张有佳; 李昌龙; 金红喜; 张永虎; 曾新德

    2013-01-01

    玛曲高寒草原是青藏高原的重要组成部分和黄河上游地区的主要水源涵养区,高寒草地沙质荒漠化和水土流失已严重威胁到青藏高原生态系统的安全.通过重要值理论和多样性理论对玛曲高寒草原不同程度沙化草地植被群落植物多样性进行研究,为治理流沙和草地生态系统恢复提供理论依据和技术支撑.结果表明:①随着沙化程度的加剧,高寒草原生态系统向高寒沙质荒漠生态系统转化,群落以苔草+早熟禾群落→苔草+防风+嵩草群落→球穗莎草+防风+苔草群落→赖草+虫实+苔草+防风群落的方向演替.大多数高寒草地物种退出群落,而适应沙质荒漠的物种逐渐占据优势地位;②群落丰富度指数、多样性指数急剧下降,均匀度指数呈现先增加后减小的趋势,在中度沙化草地达到最大,而群落优势度逐渐增加,在重度沙化草地增加明显;③潜在沙化草地Whittaker指数远小于沙化草地,而不同沙化草地之间Whittaker指数的差异不显著.潜在沙化草地相异性系数CD和共有度指数CP与沙化草地差异性显著,而且随着沙化程度的加剧,差异越显著.所以应加强潜在沙化草地的保护措施,而对沙化草地应采取流沙治理措施进行生态修复,防止草地沙化的加剧和蔓延.

  6. THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCELERATION PROCESS OF A MACHINE AND TRACTOR UNIT ON THE BASIS OF CLASS 1,4 TRACTOR WITH A VARIABLE ROTATING MASS OF THE ENGINE

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    Kravchenko V. A.

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    Full Text Available The aim of the work is theoretical and experimental confirmation of the possibility of improvement in tractor unit acceleration due to the variable inertia moment of the rotating masses of the engine. The use of high-speed tractors in agricultural production meets a number of difficulties associated with unsteady processes during acceleration of the tractor units. The emerging significant inertial loads during acceleration result in the loss of engine power because of what the machine and tractor unit is operating at reduced productivity and efficiency. An analysis of published works shows that the tractor unit acceleration is strongly influenced by the rotating mass of the engine. A device based on the application of additional rotating masses in a free flywheel connected or disconnected automatically to the main engine flywheel at appropriate stages is offered. As a result, the tension during acceleration is reduced. The results of experimental studies on the effect of the additional rotating masses on the engine acceleration characteristics of the machine and tractor units on the basis of Class 1.4 tractor are given. It is proved that the use of the tractor additional rotating mass connected or disconnected to the respective modes of movement of a machine and tractor unit to the flywheel of the engine, improves acceleration performance

  7. Determination of noise pollution propagated from agricultural tractors and its driver’s noise exposure level

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Application of agricultural machineries such as tractor has been yielded a considerable development in different agricultural activities and productions. However, noticeable health problems such as noise pollution impact the users of these off-road vehicles. The purpose of this study was to determine the noise level induced by agricultural tractors and to evaluate the driver’s noise exposure level. .Material and Method: The sound pressure levels of three brands of tractor include John Deere, Ferguson and Romani were measured by sound level meter model Tes-1358. The characteristics of place for measuring tractors noise pollution were determined based on the ISO standard No 7216, 5131. The acquired data was analyzed using spss16 software. .Result: The results showed that the highest and the lowest noise level around the tractors were 83.8 dB (A and 73.9 dB (A for the John Deere and Romani, respectively. The effect of different transmission gears on the noise level of tractors was not statistically significant Pvalue>0.05. While, the effect of the tractor engine speeds on the noise level was statistically significant Pvalue<0.01. The exposure time of the most of drivers was frequently about 8 hour or more In this regards, the exposure levels of the tractor’s drivers to noise measured between 85-90 dB (A were higher than the Iranian occupational exposure limit (85 dB (A.Moreover, mean noise reduction rate of exsisting room which was used upon the typical tractor’s body was 9.5 dB in one octave band. .Conclusion: Application of standard cockpit and expansion mufflers can effectively reduce noise pollution emission and driver’s occupational exposure. Moreover, regular preventive maintenance and effective hearing conservation program including annual audiometry, hearing protection device, occupational health training for drivers must be implemented.

  8. Nonfatal tractor-related injuries presenting to a state trauma system.

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    Swanton, Amanda R; Young, Tracy L; Leinenkugel, Kathy; Torner, James C; Peek-Asa, Corinne

    2015-06-01

    To identify tractor-related injuries using data from a statewide trauma system, to characterize the mechanisms of nonfatal tractor-related injury, and to determine which injuries are associated with higher severity injury. A retrospective observational study was conducted using the Iowa State Trauma Registry to identify cases of nonfatal tractor-related injuries over an 11-year period from 2002 to 2012. Frequency of injury was reported by age, sex, severity, and nature. Injuries were classified by mechanism and a polytomous regression model was used to predict injury severity adjusting for sex and age. Five-hundred thirteen nonfatal tractor-related injuries were identified with 18% classified as severe. Injuries were most frequent among males and among those ≥45years of age. Rollovers were the most frequent mechanism of both total (25%) and severe injury (38%), although the frequency of injury mechanism varied by age. Falls were the next most frequent mechanism of injury (20%) but resulted in fewer high-severity injuries. Collision (adjOR=1.89, 95% CI=1.01-3.51), rollover (adjOR=2.03, 95% CI=1.21-3.40), and run over/rolled on (adjOR=2.06, 95% CI=1.17-3.62) injuries were significantly associated with higher injury severity. Advanced age was also a significant predictor of higher severity injury (adjOR=1.82, 95% CI=1.06-3.12). Mechanisms of nonfatal tractor-related injuries are heterogeneous, differ by age, and are associated with varying level of severity. This work shows the burden of nonfatal tractor injuries on a rural state trauma system. These findings also demonstrate the heterogeneous nature of nonfatal tractor injuries and underscore the need for a multi-level approaches to injury prevention. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Frequency and severity of injuries to operators during overturns of farm tractors.

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    Cole, H P; Myers, M L; Westneat, S C

    2006-05-01

    Previous estimates of operator death from farm tractor overturn events range from 0.03 to 0.68. This study provided population-based estimates of the denominator of total farm tractor overturns and the frequency of six classes of overturn injury outcomes for tractors with and without rollover protective structures (ROPS). A 40-item telephone survey collected information from a random sample of 6,063 (8.0%) Kentucky farms about each farm's most recent overturn. A total of 551 (9.1%) farms reported overturns, and 5,512 (90.1%) reported no overturns. Injury outcomes for 443 overturns of non-ROPS tractors and 89 ROPS tractors were distributed as follows: no or minor injury (non-ROPS: 70.43%; ROPS: 82.02%), outpatient treatment (non-ROPS: 21.90%; ROPS: 9.00%), hospital admission (non-ROPS: 15.35%; ROPS: 3.37%), temporary disability (non-ROPS: 13.54%; ROPS: 14.61%), permanent disability (non-ROPS: 3.16%; ROPS: 0.00%), and death (non-ROPS: 5.42%; ROPS: 1.12%). (Percents total to more than 100 because some operators treated as outpatients were subsequently hospitalized, disabled, or died.) The observed 0.054 probability of death from overturn of non-ROPS tractors in this sample was corrected for the proportion of farms that went out of business prior to the survey and thus were excluded from the sampling frame. The adjusted 0.08 probability of death from overturn of a non-ROPS tractor is five times smaller than the NIOSH estimate of 0.40. The discrepancy lies in the much larger denominator of all non-fatal and fatal overturns than assumed previously.

  10. Risk exposure to vibration and noise in the use of agricultural track-laying tractors.

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    Vallone, Mariangela; Bono, Filippa; Quendler, Elisabeth; Febo, Pierluigi; Catania, Pietro

    2016-12-23

    Human exposure to mechanical vibration may represent a significant risk factor for exposed workers in the agricultural sector. Also, noise in agriculture is one of the risk factors to be taken into account in the evaluation of workers' health and safety. One of the major sources of discomfort for the workers operating a tractors is the noise to which they are exposed during work. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of exposure to whole-body vibration for the operator driving track-laying tractors in vineyard orchard and the noise level. The experimental tests were performed with six different track-laying tractors coupled with the same rototilling machine. The results showed that the vibration values of track-laying tractors coupled to rototilling machine, referred to the 8-hour working day, were always higher than 0.5 m s(-2), the daily exposure action value established by Directive 2002/44/EC of the European Parliament. The daily noise exposure levels always exceeded the exposure limit value of 87 dB(A) established by Directive 2003/10/EC of the European Parliament. The ANOVA repeated measures model showed that the factor 'site', namely, the soil characteristics, did not influence the vibration level on the X and Y-axes of the tractors measured, regardless of their age. In the Z-axis, the vibration level was enhanced as the soil structure increased. As tractor age increased, the influence of soil characteristics was less important. In term of the age of the tractor and the number of hours worked, it was possible to identify three risk classes, which were up to 3,000 hours worked and offered a low risk; from 3,000 - 6,000 hours worked with a medium risk, and over 6,000 hours with a high risk level.

  11. 变形拖拉机坡道制动性能分析%Preformance Analysis of Hillside Braking About Tractor Derived From Walking Tractor

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    孙松林; 王健康; 李明; 陶栋材; 汤楚宙

    2002-01-01

    近几年来,由手扶拖拉机变型而来的变形拖拉机,其爬坡能力强,操纵性、制动性及运输速度较原机型都有较大的改进,随着农村运输需求的不断增加,应用日益广泛.受变型拖拉机生产企业的技术及生产条件等因素的影响,目前这种拖拉机的综合性能还有待进一步改善.针对农村道路运输条件恶劣,尤其是我国南方地区,坡道多、道路条件差,研究变型拖拉机的坡道制动减速度和制动距离是十分必要的.该文建立了变型拖拉机坡道制动减速度和制动距离的数学模型,以富强-18Y变型拖拉机为例,分析了影响制动减速度和制动距离的因素,讨论了质心位置、附着系数和坡度角对它们的影响趋势和程度,为变型拖拉机的设计提供了理论依据.%Derivative tractor derived from walking tractor has excellent capacity of slope climbing, handling and braking, and the high transportation velocity, which has been used widely in China with the farm transportion demand increasing in recent years. At present,due to the influence factors such as the technology and the plant conditions, the all-round properties of derivative tractor must be improved. Because of the transportation conditions in China countryside, especially in south part, there are more hills and worse road, it is very necessary to study the braking deceleration and the braking distance of derivative tractor on slope. This paper establishes the braking deceleration and the braking distance mathmatical model of derivative tractor on slope, then taking the Fuqiang-18Y derivative tractor as an example, the influence of the position of the centroid adhensive coefficient and the angle of grade on braking deceleration, braking distance, and the effect trend and degree were analyzed.It can provide theoretical foundation for designing derivative tractor.

  12. Proportional directional valve based automatic steering system for tractors

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    Jin-yi LIU; Jing-quan TAN; En-rong MAO; Zheng-he SONG; Zhong-xiang ZHU‡

    2016-01-01

    Most automatic steering systems for large tractors are designed with hydraulic systems that run on either constant flow or constant pressure. Such designs are limited in adaptability and applicability. Moreover, their control valves can unload in the neutral position and eventually lead to serious hydraulic leakage over long operation periods. In response to the problems noted above, a multifunctional automatic hydraulic steering circuit is presented. The system design is composed of a 5-way-3-position proportional directional valve, two pilot-controlled check valves, a pressure-compensated directional valve, a pressure-compensated flow regulator valve, a load shuttle valve, and a check valve, among other components. It is adaptable to most open-center systems with constant flow supply and closed-center systems with load feedback. The design maintains the lowest pressure under load feedback and stays at the neutral position during unloading, thus meeting the requirements for steering. The steering controller is based on proportional-integral-derivative (PID) running on a 51-microcontroller-unit master control chip. An experimental platform is developed to establish the basic characteristics of the system subject to stepwise inputs and sinusoi-dal tracking. Test results show that the system design demonstrates excellent control accuracy, fast response, and negligible leak during long operation periods.

  13. Stability and Ergonomic Design Features of Tractor Mounted Hydraulic Elevator for Coconut Harvesting

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    Kishor P. Kolhe

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The most important design criterion of mechanized device is safety; safety comprises both the safety of operator and safety of maintenance personnel. Failures and safety of harvesting platform of Tractor Mounted Hydraulic Elevator (TMHE powered by tractor PTO was tested by Finite Element Method for the mechanical harvesting of coconut orchards using digital Ergonomic hart rate meter. The objective of this study was to study the stability of the THME by finite element method, operational safety and power requirement for the use of this elevator for coconut harvesting. Also to provide sufficient adjustment and space to account for variation in body sizes, ensure controls are situated within suitable reach and are properly marked. Approach: The Modal analysis was carried out for the whole assembly of tractor mounted hydraulic elevator by using Ansis software. The digital polar hart rate meter RS400TM having infrared connectivity sensor is used for recording the hart rates. The research work was conducted at, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Kokan Krishi Vidyapeeth Dapoli. The harvesting of coconuts was performed by manual climbing labor and by tractor mounted hydraulic elevator. The technical assessments included the use of biomechanical models, vibration testing equipment, ODR, BPDS. The ergonomical evaluation results of the above study are correlates to decide the feasibility, safety and efficiency of Tractor mounted hydraulic elevator for coconut harvesting. The PTO rpm influence for the lifting and lowering of the harvesting platform was studied experimentally by using digital tachometer. Results: The better stability results with the controlled vibrations and frequency of the lifting platform and welded joints were recorded by keeping constrained boundary conditions. Ergonomically operational safe and controlled heart rates are recorded. Hence the labors can continuously do the coconut harvesting work by using the tractor mounted

  14. A Kalman filter implementation for precision improvement in low-cost GPS positioning of tractors.

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Ruiz-Gonzalez, Ruben; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gomez-Gil, Francisco Javier

    2013-11-08

    Low-cost GPS receivers provide geodetic positioning information using the NMEA protocol, usually with eight digits for latitude and nine digits for longitude. When these geodetic coordinates are converted into Cartesian coordinates, the positions fit in a quantization grid of some decimeters in size, the dimensions of which vary depending on the point of the terrestrial surface. The aim of this study is to reduce the quantization errors of some low-cost GPS receivers by using a Kalman filter. Kinematic tractor model equations were employed to particularize the filter, which was tuned by applying Monte Carlo techniques to eighteen straight trajectories, to select the covariance matrices that produced the lowest Root Mean Square Error in these trajectories. Filter performance was tested by using straight tractor paths, which were either simulated or real trajectories acquired by a GPS receiver. The results show that the filter can reduce the quantization error in distance by around 43%. Moreover, it reduces the standard deviation of the heading by 75%. Data suggest that the proposed filter can satisfactorily preprocess the low-cost GPS receiver data when used in an assistance guidance GPS system for tractors. It could also be useful to smooth tractor GPS trajectories that are sharpened when the tractor moves over rough terrain.

  15. 拖拉机故障分析与维修%Tractor Failure Analysis and Maintenance

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    何家潮

    2013-01-01

    The tractor is to have the largest number of agricultural machinery, one of the most versatile machines. The course of the tractor, as parts wear, variations and other reasons, causing decreased performance, affect normal use, ie a failure occurs tractor. Tractor out of the failure to timely repair, do not let the machine work sick, or small problems will cause major accidents, outweigh the benefits. Article mainly discusses the tractor fault repair analysis.%拖拉机是农业机械中拥有量最多、用途最广泛的机械之一。在拖拉机使用过程中,由于零件磨损,变型等原因,引起使用性能下降,影响正常使用,也就是说拖拉机产生了故障。拖拉机出了故障要及时进行修理,不能让机器带病作业,否则小毛病就会造成大事故,得不偿失。文章主要对拖拉机的故障维修进行探讨分析。

  16. Drawbar Pull and Its Effect on the Weight Distribution of a Tractor

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    Adam Polcar

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to experimentally determine how the tractor’s weight distribution changes during loading by drawbar pull, and how the tractor’s weight affects its drawbar pull properties. Drive wheel ballasting has a significant effect on the drawbar pull and wheel slip of the tractor - travelling gear losses. To achieve these objectives, we conducted experimental measurements on the tractor Case IH Magnum 370 CVX. The results show that higher drawbar pull is achieved in tractors with a higher weight. The measured increase of drawbar pull was 15,8 kN between maximal and minimal weight (∆ 2320 kg. All variants show an equal percentage increase in the weight on the rear axle of the tractor (+ 6 %. Increasing the tractor’s weight affected the drawbar pull as well as the wheel slip. As the tractor’s weight increases, there is a smaller increase in wheel slip as the drawbar pull increases. The results confirmed that tractor ballasting is important in order to achieve optimum drawbar pull properties, but it is necessary to keep in mind that the higher the weight of the machine or equipment, the larger the effect on the soil.

  17. Principales características técnicas de los Tractores BELARUS series 500 y 300

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo brindar información sobre las características técnicas de los tractores BELARUS series 500 y 300. Estas series de tractores pueden ser utilizados en varias combinaciones en los trabajos agrícolas.

  18. Robotic weeding of a maize field based on navigation data of the tractor that performed the seeding (Preprint)

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    Bakker, T.; Asselt, van C.J.; Bontsema, J.; Henten, van E.J.

    2010-01-01

    This research presents robotic weeding of a maize field based on navigation data of the tractor that performed the seeding. The availability of tractors equipped with RTK-DGPS based automatic guidance potentially enables robots to perform subsequent tasks in the same field. In an experiment a tracto

  19. Comparison of Applied Forces on Selective Joints and Muscles of Drivers During Clutching of MF285 and MF399 Tractors

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the imposed forces on three muscles including: Gastrocnemius muscle, Trapezius muscle and Quadratus lumborum of the tractor drivers during clutching have been studied. The sample included 30 persons and the research was conducted on two domestic tractors including: MF285 and MF399 models. The clutching forces for these tractors were measured as 340 N and 290 N, respectively. The difference between drivers’ knee angle of the two tractors was proved significant at the one percent level. The decrease of pain threshold after 30 seconds and 60 seconds clutching and 60 seconds rest after clutching in MF285 tractor in all three muscles were more than that of MF399 tractor. The impact of clutching on the average decrease of pain threshold, among all the drivers, and for all time intervals, during and after clutching in the Quadratus lumborum muscle for both tractors was more than the other two muscles. In order to reduce the imposed force of clutching for MF285 tractor, some modifications is suggested. In this regard the force transfer joint between the pedal and the disc in the mechanism of clutching can be replaced with one made of cast iron.

  20. Explore the tractor gearbox repair%探讨拖拉机变速箱修理

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    吴智刚

    2014-01-01

    At the time of tractor gearbox failure problem, a detailed analysis of the its fault and repair is also a key point, this article for tractor gearbox fault repair to do some simple discussion, so as to ensure the working efficiency of the tractor gearbox.%在拖拉机变速箱出现故障问题的时候,对其故障进行详细的分析与修理也是关键点,文章就对于拖拉机变速箱的故障修理做一些简单的探讨,从而保证拖拉机变速箱的工作效率。

  1. Tractors and twistors from conformal Cartan geometry: a gauge theoretic approach II. Twistors

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    Attard, J.; François, J.

    2017-04-01

    Tractor and Twistor bundles provide natural conformally covariant calculi on 4D-Riemannian manifolds. They have different origins but are closely related, and usually constructed bottom–up through prolongation of defining differential equations. We propose alternative top–down gauge theoretic constructions, starting from the conformal Cartan bundle P and its vectorial E and spinorial {E associated bundles. Our key ingredient is the dressing field method of gauge symmetry reduction, which allows tractors and twistors and their associated connections to exhibit as gauge fields of a non-standard kind as far as Weyl rescaling transformation is concerned. By non-standard we mean that they implement the gauge principle of physics, but are of a different geometric nature than the well-known differential geometric objects usually underlying gauge theories. We provide the corresponding BRST treatment. In a companion paper we dealt with tractors, in the present one we address the case of twistors.

  2. Farm tractors and mandatory roll-over protection retrofits: potential costs of the policy in New York.

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    Kelsey, T W; Jenkins, P L

    1991-07-01

    Tractor roll-overs are the leading cause of fatal farm accidents, accounting for more than one-fourth of all agriculturally related deaths. Most of these deaths could be prevented if the tractors were equipped with roll-over protective structures (ROPS). This study estimates the number of tractors in New York without ROPS, projects their retirement, and then estimates the number of lives which would be saved if ROPS were retrofitted on old tractors. The basic costs associated with mandating ROPS are calculated from these estimates. The minimum economic cost of mandating ROPS is $511,136 per life saved for the retrofits, and an additional $253,254 per life saved for every $1 million spent annually on enforcement. It is concluded that a policy mandating ROPS on all tractors would be expensive, but should be considered with particular attention to the need for and cost effectiveness of enforcement.

  3. IMPACT OF THE REPEATED TRACTOR PASSES ON SOME PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SILTY LOAM SOIL

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    Dubravko Filipović

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to quantify soil compaction induced by tractor traffic on untilled wet silty loam soil (Mollic Fluvisol. Changes in penetration resistance, bulk density and total porosity were measured for detecting the soil compaction. Treatments include ten passes of a four-wheel drive tractor with the engine power of 54.0 kW and weight of 3560 kg (1580 kg on the front axle and 1980 kg on the rear axle, 2.41 m distance between axles. The tyres on the tractor were cross-ply, front 11.2-24 and rear 16.9-30, with the inflation pressure of 160 kPa and 100 kPa, respectively. The speed of tractor during passes over experimental plots was 5.0 km h-1. In comparison to control, each tractor pass induced an increase in soil penetration resistance at all depths, and the average increment ratios, determined as the average of all layers, were 9.8, 18.5 and 26.1% after one, five and ten passes, respectively. The bulk density also increased with number of tractor passes, but with less percentage increasing. The increment ratios comparison to the control were 3.6, 9.5 and 12.9% after one, five and ten passes, respectively. The total porosity decreased with the number of passes, and the decrement ratios were 4.5, 16.5 and 20.8% after one, five and ten passes, respectively.

  4. Prevalence of ROPS--equipped tractors and farm/farmer characteristics.

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    Wilkins, J R; Engelhardt, H L; Bean, T L; Byers, M V; Crawford, J M

    2003-05-01

    Data were collected on tractor safety status and the prevalence of ROPS as part of the Ohio Farm Family Health and Hazard Surveillance Program (FFHHSP) "walk-around" hazard assessments of cash grain farms in central Ohio. Principal operator (PO) characteristics thought a priori to have a possible association with ROPS utilization included age, education, percent time spent farming, total years in agriculture, and previous training in occupational injury prevention. Farm characteristics of interest were farm size, acres of cropland in use, sales value during the past 12 months, and current number of farm workers. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted to evaluate potential associations between these factors and ROPS utilization patterns. Of 1,044 tractors encountered on 306 farms, 359 (34.4%) were equipped with ROPS, 29 (9.5%) had nothing but ROPS-equipped tractors, and 117 (38.2%) did not have any ROPS-equipped tractors. The absence/presence of ROPS-equipped tractors in our sample was found to vary by several factors, and over a wide range. Results of invariable logistic regression analyses (excluding the relatively small number of tractors manufactured after 1985) indicated that younger POs with at least a high school education who spent more than half their time working in agriculture, employed three or more workers, had 500 or more acres of total farm land and cropland in use, and had a 12-month sales value exceeding $250,000 were more likely to have at least one ROPS-equipped tractor on their farms. However, time spent farming, number of workers, and the 12-month sales value were not strongly predictive in multivariable models. Although more than 20% of the POs in our sample reported having had training in occupational injury prevention, this factor had essentially no value in predicting the absence/presence of ROPS-equipped tractors on their farms. The results of this study illustrate the need for interventions to encourage ROPS

  5. Material-Independent and Size-Independent Tractor Beams for Dipole Objects

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    Novitsky, Andrey; Qiu, Cheng-Wei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2012-01-01

    A Bessel beam without an axial gradient can exert a pulling force on an object [A. Novitsky, C. W. Qiu, and H. Wang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 203601 (2011)]. However, it cannot be called a “tractor beam” per se, as long as the light pulling effect is ultrasensitive to the object’s material and size......, a perturbation of which will make the optical traction go away. In this Letter, we investigate and report on the universality for a Bessel beam to be either a material-independent or size-independent optical tractor beam within the dipolar regime. Moreover, a general condition for a nonparaxial laser...

  6. An introduction to conformal geometry and tractor calculus, with a view to applications in general relativity

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    Curry, Sean

    2014-01-01

    The following are expanded lecture notes for the course of eight one hour lectures given by the second author at the 2014 summer school Asymptotic Analysis in General Relativity held in Grenoble by the Institut Fourier. The first four lectures deal with conformal geometry and the conformal tractor calculus, taking as primary motivation the search for conformally invariant tensors and diffrerential operators. The final four lectures apply the conformal tractor calculus to the study of conformally compactified geometries, motivated by the conformal treatment of infinity in general relativity.

  7. Towing Asteroids with Gravity Tractors Enhanced by Tethers and Solar Sails

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    Shen, Haijun; Roithmayr, Carlos M.

    2015-01-01

    Material collected from an asteroid's surface can be used to increase gravitational attraction between the asteroid and a Gravity Tractor (GT); the spacecraft therefore operates more effectively and is referred to as an Enhanced Gravity Tractor (EGT). The use of tethers and solar sails to further improve effectiveness and simplify operations is investigated. By employing a tether, the asteroidal material can be placed close to the asteroid while the spacecraft is stationed farther away, resulting in a better safety margin and improved thruster efficiency. A solar sail on a spacecraft can naturally provide radial offset and inter-spacecraft separation required for multiple EGTs.

  8. A Mathematical Model and Numerical Simulation of the Static Stability of a Tractor

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    Ivan Demšar

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Tractor overturning remains a serious problem in agricultural activities. A detailed analysis of problems and causes leading to a tractor overturn have revealed that by improving tractor’s static stability we can positively influence the safety as early as during the concept phase. We designed a mathematical model and a numerical simulation of the static stability of a tractor with an oscillating front axle in relation to its position on a slope. It was followed by analysing the changes of individual parameters, such as the position of the centre of gravity, the wheelbase, the wheel track width and the height of the oscillating axle mounting point, and their impact on tractor’s static stability in relation to its position on a slope. Results show that manipulating these parameters can significantly increase tractor’s static stability. A better static stability is directly proportional to improved dynamic stability, resulting in a better safety in a view of the tractor overturn, particularly while working on a sloping terrain.

  9. 78 FR 51724 - California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas...

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    ... AGENCY California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas... shall adopt or attempt to enforce any standard relating to the control of emissions from new motor..., inspection or any other approval relating to the control of emissions from any new motor vehicle or new motor...

  10. Off-axial acoustic radiation force of repulsor and tractor bessel beams on a sphere.

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    Silva, Glauber T; Lopes, J Henrique; Mitri, Farid G

    2013-06-01

    Acoustic Bessel beams are known to produce an axial radiation force on a sphere centered on the beam axis (on-axial configuration) that exhibits both repulsor and tractor behaviors. The repulsor and the tractor forces are oriented along the beam's direction of propagation and opposite to it, respectively. The behavior of the acoustic radiation force generated by Bessel beams when the sphere lies outside the beam's axis (off-axial configuration) is unknown. Using the 3-D radiation force formulas given in terms of the partial wave expansion coefficients for the incident and scattered waves, both axial and transverse components of the force exerted on a silicone- oil sphere are obtained for a zero- and a first-order Bessel vortex beam. As the sphere departs from the beam's axis, the tractor force becomes weaker. Moreover, the behavior of the transverse radiation force field may vary with the sphere's size factor ka (where k is the wavenumber and a is the sphere radius). Both stable and unstable equilibrium regions around the beam's axis are found, depending on ka values. These results are particularly important for the design of acoustical tractor beam devices operating with Bessel beams.

  11. Noise exposure of a tractor driver at skidding of wood assortments in hilly-mountaineous areas

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    Danilović Milorad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The first phase of transport of forest products (skidding in Serbia is usually performed by skid trails with adapted agricultural tractors. The educational base ”Goč - Gvozdac” compartment 21 was the selected object of this research. Data recording was carried out in June 2011. The vehicle driven by the driver was an IMT 565 DV tractor. The organizational form of work was 1T + 1P (tractor driver and assistant. The microphone of a Bruel & Kjaer 4189 noise measuring instrument was mounted on the helmet of the tractor driver in accordance with the ISO 9612: 2012 standard. The recording was performed with a Bruel & Kjaer 2250 instrument. The values of the following parameters with appropriate filters: LAeq (dB(A, LAIeq (dB(A, LCpeak (dB(C, LZeq (dB were measured. The measured exposure of the workers to noise was the highest in the course of the main productive time (empty or full drive. It was found that the eight-hour exposure to noise of the driver (88 dB (A exceeds the limit value of daily exposure according to European legislation. The results show that it is necessary for drivers to use hearing protection equipment when transporting wood with the studied transportation vehicle. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR-31041

  12. Vocational Agriculture Training Program: Safe Tractor and Farm Machinery Operation. Special Paper No. 8. Second Revision.

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    Bobbitt, Frank; Doss, Howard

    The publication was prepared for the United States Office of Education for use by teachers who direct agricultural training programs in safe tractor operation and safe farm machinery operation that comply with the United States Department of Labor regulations on hazardous occupations in agriculture. Upon successful completion of these training…

  13. Self-Pacing a Gross Motor Skills Course: Crawler Tractor Operator, MOS 62E20.

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    Brennan, Mark F.; Taylor, John E.

    As part of the Army's emphasis on performance-oriented instruction in training centers, a study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using self-paced instruction in a gross motor skills course. The Crawler Tractor Operator Course, a seven-week heavy equipment course conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri was selected for the study…

  14. Tractor Mechanics: Maintaining and Servicing the Fuel System. Learning Activity Packages 20-33.

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    Learning activity packages are presented for instruction in tractor mechanics. The packages deal with the duties involved in maintaining the fuel system. The following fourteen learning activity packages are included: servicing fuel and air filters, servicing fuel tanks and lines, adjusting a carburetor, servicing a carburetor, servicing the…

  15. Nuevos neumáticos para tractores agrícolas

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    Arnó i Pujol, Judit; Masip Vilalta, Joan

    1997-01-01

    El neumático agrícola condiciona de forma determinante el rendimiento del tractor. Es necesario, por tanto, que el agricultar conozca las prestaciones de los neumáticos actuales. Ello le permitirá elegir el equipamiento más adecuado a sus necesidades.

  16. TECHNOLOGICAL METHODS FOR LASER HARDENING OF INTERNAL CONTACT SURFACES OF «BELARUS» TRACTOR BRAKE MECHANISMS

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    O. S. Kobjakov

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers pertaining to higher wear resistance of «Belarus» tractor brake mechanisms details are considered. Properties of ВЧ-50-cast iron are investigated due to laser hardening while using various technological methods.

  17. 75 FR 52255 - Airworthiness Directives; Air Tractor, Inc. Models AT-802 and AT-802A Airplanes

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    ... spar lower 2010 (the effective date of this Process Specification 197, caps. AD), whichever occurs... both of the wing main spar lower caps at the center splice joint for cracks and repair or replace any cracked spar cap. Since we issued 2010-13-08, we evaluated service information issued by Air Tractor...

  18. Comparative Evaluation of Tractor Trolley Axle by Using Finite Element Analysis Approach

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    Sanjay Aloni

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Tractor trolley or trailers are very popular and cheaper mode of goods transport in rural as well as urban area. But these trailers are manufactured in small scale to moderate scale industry. Especially in the small- and middle-scale agricultural machinery industry, insufficient use of new technology and new design features can cause problems such as breakdowns and failures during field operations. In Present work finite element analysis approach is used to modify existing rear axle of tractor trolley. Fatigue failure of the rear axle finite element model was predicted after the dynamic load was imposed on it. For analysis, a 6.0 ton 2 wheeler tractor trolley i.e. semitrailer manufactured by Awachat Industries Ltd., Wardha is selected. The finite element analysis of existing rear axle of tractor trolley revealed the stresses distribution on rear axle. So, an effort is made to modify the design of existing rear axle along with change of material so that advantage of weight reduction along with safe stress can be obtained.

  19. Solving the Tractor and Semi-Trailer Routing Problem Based on a Heuristic Approach

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    Hongqi Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We study the tractor and semi-trailer routing problem (TSRP, a variant of the vehicle routing problem (VRP. In the TSRP model for this paper, vehicles are dispatched on a trailer-flow network where there is only one main depot, and all tractors originate and terminate in the main depot. Two types of decisions are involved: the number of tractors and the route of each tractor. Heuristic algorithms have seen widespread application to various extensions of the VRP. However, this approach has not been applied to the TSRP. We propose a heuristic algorithm to solve the TSRP. The proposed heuristic algorithm first constructs the initial route set by the limitation of a driver’s on-duty time. The candidate routes in the initial set are then filtered by a two-phase approach. The computational study shows that our algorithm is feasible for the TSRP. Moreover, the algorithm takes relatively little time to obtain satisfactory solutions. The results suggest that our heuristic algorithm is competitive in solving the TSRP.

  20. Evaluation of a tractor cab using real-time aerosol counting instrumentation.

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    Hall, Ronald M; Heitbrink, William A; Reed, Laurence D

    2002-01-01

    Aerosol instrumentation was used to evaluate air infiltration into tractor cabs that are used to protect the agricultural worker during pesticide applications. Preliminary surveys were conducted on three different manufactured agriculture enclosures. The results of these preliminary surveys indicated that aerosols are entering the cab through leak sources or are being generated inside the cab. These results identified the need for in-depth field evaluations of tractor cabs to identify any leak sources. To evaluate the ability of tractor cabs to reduce operator air contaminant exposure, field evaluations were conducted on two tractor cabs. Specifically, we evaluated: 1) the particle size distribution and the effectiveness of the filter system; and 2) air infiltration into the cab. These evaluations were also conducted to demonstrate the ease and practicality of using optical particle counters to evaluate the ability of cabin filtration systems. Pesticide particle size distribution during an air blast spray operation was also evaluated during the study. The field tests were conducted on a John Deere 7000 series tractor cab (tractor manufacturer's cab) and a Nelson spraycab (retrofit cab). Both cabs were equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter media which were assumed to be 99.97 percent efficient at removing the test aerosol, atmospheric condensation nuclei. Thus, the major source of aerosols inside the cab was assumed to be leakage around filters at the seals. Using a portable dust monitor (PDM), the ratio of the outside to inside aerosol measurements was used to calculate a cab protection factor. During the evaluations, one PDM was placed inside the tractor cab (near the tractor operator) and one PDM was placed outside (near the air intake) to count particles. During the evaluations, the instruments were switched to prevent instrument bias from affecting the findings. The ratio of the two measurements (i.e., protection factor = outside

  1. Effect of poultry fat oil biodiesel on tractor engine performance

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    M Bavafa

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Depletion of fossil fuels and environmental degradation are two major problems faced by the world. Today fossil fuels take up to 80% of the primary energy consumed in the world, of which 58% is consumed by the transport sector alone (Mard et al., 2012. The combustion products cause global warming, which is caused of emissions like carbon monoxide (CO, sulfur dioxide (SO2 and nitrogen oxides (NOX. Thus it is essential that low emission alternative fuels to be developed for useing in diesel engines. Many researchers have concluded that biodiesel holds promise as an alternative fuel for diesel engines. Biodiesel is oxygenated, biodegradable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly (Qi et al., 2010. Materials and Methods: In this study transesterification method was used to produce biodiesel, because of its simplicity in biodiesel production process and holding the highest conversion efficiency. Transesterification of poultry fat oil and the properties of the fuels: Fatty acid methyl ester of poultry fat oil was prepared by transesterification of oil with methanol in the presence of KOH as catalyst. The fuel properties of poultry fat oil methyl ester and diesel fuel were determined. These properties are presented in Table 1. Tests of engine performance and emissions: After securing the qualitative characteristics of produced biodiesel, different biodiesel fuels of 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% blended with diesel fuel were prepared. A schematic diagram of the engine setup is shown in Fig.1. The MF-399 tractor engine was used in the tests. The basic specifications of the engine are shown in Table 3. The engine was loaded with an electromagnetic dynamometer. The Σ5 model dynamometer manufactured by NJ-FROMENT was used to measure the power and the torque of the tractor engine. The speed range and capacity of this device are shown in Table 2. A FTO Flow Meter, manufactured by American FLOWTECH Company, was used to measure the fuel consumption

  2. Ergonomic assessment of brake and accelerator mechanisms of MF285 and MF399 tractors using electromyography method

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    A Nikkhah

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Too many people are working in the agricultural sector and therefore, pay more attention to the safety and health at work in the agricultural sector is important. This issue is more important in developing industrial countries where the level of the ergonomic working condition is less than that of developed countries. Attention to ergonomic condition of agricultural machinery drivers is one of the goals of agricultural mechanization. Therefore, in this study the ergonomic conditions of brake and accelerator mechanisms for MF285 and MF399 tractor's drivers were investigated using a new method. Materials and Methods: 25 people were selected for experiment. The electrical activity of Medialis gastrocnemius, Lateralis gastrocnemius, Vastus medialis, Vastus lateralis, Quadratus Lumborum and Trapezius muscles of drivers before and during pressing the pedal and after rest time were recorded using Biovision device. Measurements were performed for each person on each muscle 30 seconds before pressing the pedal, 60 seconds after pressing the pedal and after 60 seconds of rest. For all drivers, the muscles on the right side (brake and accelerator side have been selected and tested. The measurements were performed in compliance with appropriate time intervals between the measurements. Results and Discussion: Ergonomic assessment of brake pedal: The results showed that the RMS electrical activity of muscles of Vastus medialis and Medial gastrocnemius, during 60 seconds braking were 2.47 and 1.97. So, Vastus medialis and Medial gastrocnemius had the highest stress during pressing the MF399 tractor's brake pedal. Moreover, the Medial gastrocnemius and Lateral gastrocnemius with RMS electrical activity ratio of 2.47 and 1.74 had the highest RMS electrical activity ratio respectively, during 60 seconds braking compared to before braking of MF285 tractor. The comparison of results showed that the Vastus medialis and Trapezius had the higher stress

  3. Investigation and Situation of Timber Harvesting Mechanization of Turkey and the Usage of Tractors in Timber Extraction

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    Murat Demir

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study is to summarize usage of tractors in timber extraction and major problems of mechanized timber harvesting in Turkey. Timber harvesting in Turkey is still carried out by manual methods due to economical, social and environmental constraints. Almost 80% of harvesting activities are mechanized in many developed countries while this value is only 5% in Turkey. Overall ratio of mechanization is relatively low. Approximately percentage of man power, animal power, machine power and skyline harvesting are 72, 15, 8 and 5%, respectively. Turkish General Directorate of Forestry's mechanical park total amount is 457 in 2004. Mechanical park amount has been reduced to 19 tractors (4x4 and assembled shovel, 169 skidding winches, 6 tractors with equipment of snow cleaner, 46 forklifts, 26 loaders, 32 skylines, 65 agricultural tractors, 88 trucks, 4 agricultural tractors with shovel, 2 barking machines as of 2004. Approximate percentages of skidders, trucks, 4x2 tractors, forklifts, skylines, loaders, 4x4 tractors and barking machines are 36.9, 19.3, 16.4, 10, 7, 5.7, 4.2 and 0.5% in 2004. 4x2 and 4x4 tractors total amount has been reached to 41.7% in 1982, but this percentage has been reduced to 20.6% in 2004. Total machine park amount has been reduced 41.4% between years 1998-2004 in Turkey. In spite of existence of substantial number of harvesters, the amount of modern harvesting processor in Turkey is not sufficient. Different type and marked machine hasn't taken into consideration to improve mechanization and a poor standardization in harvesting is another problem in Turkey.

  4. Effect of using GPS autosteer guidance systems on the eye-glance behavior and posture of tractor operators.

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    Karimi, D; Henry, J; Mann, D D

    2012-10-01

    Tractor operators are prone to neck and back discomfort and disorders. It is well known that awkward posture is a major contributor to this problem. Previous studies have investigated the prevalence of awkward posture and the resulting discomfort and disorders among tractor operators. They have also suggested various ways to mitigate this problem. With the introduction of new autosteer guidance systems, the tractor operator is relieved from the task of steering the tractor for most of the time during field work. Therefore, it is expected that the operator's posture will change. The goal of this study was to investigate the changes in the eye-glance behavior and posture of tractor operators as a result of using autosteer guidance systems. An eye-tracking system and a camcorder were used to record the eye-glance behavior and posture of 13 tractor operators as they performed seeding operations. The experiment with each operator consisted of two sessions. In one session, the operator used an autosteer system, while in the other session the operator steered the tractor manually. Analysis of the data showed that the eye-glance behavior and posture of the operators were significantly different between the autosteer and manual steering sessions. With the autosteer system, the operators spent less time in an awkward posture, and they changed their posture less frequently. However, even with the autosteer system, the operators spent 1/3 of their time in an awkward posture. Subjective feedback from the operators indicated that more than half of them experienced back or neck/shoulder discomfort during or after seeding. It is essential that the recommendations of the previous studies, such as using large rear-view mirrors or a rotating tractor seat, be evaluated when the operator is using an autosteer system. Other tools, such as video cameras that show the attached equipment, should also be tested to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing the operator's exposure to awkward

  5. a Decade of Improvement in Whole-Body Vibration and Low Back Pain for Freight Container Tractor Drivers

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    Nishiyama, K.; Taoda, K.; Kitahara, T.

    1998-08-01

    The authors' study in 1983 revealed that the whole-body vibration of the tractor units of freight containers was most hazardous in the back-to-chest directions (x-axis). The allowable exposure time was considerably shorter than that for heavy duty trucks. The low back pain (LBP) among the drivers seemed to be due to the long working hours and the ergonomically unsound tractor design, as well as the vibration. A preventative measure was the introduction of a tractor cab suspended by an air spring instead of a steel spring. In 1992, a follow-up field study was conducted. A personal vibration exposure meter developed by us measured the whole-body vibration on eight tractors. Eighty-nine triplets matched with the age and the years of driving tractors answered a questionnaire evaluation of the ergonomics of their tractor units.The comparison of the newest steel suspension vehicles to the old ones produced by the same motor company revealed that in thex-axis the vibration level had decreased by as much as 4 to 9 dB. Some tractors showed an increase in vibration in the buttocks-to-head direction (z-axis). However, such adverse changes seemed not to affect evaluations according to the fatigue-decreased proficiency boundary (FDP) and the exposure limit (EL) recommended in ISO 2631-1978. The present models, regardless of the type of suspension, changed the direction of the most hazardous vibration from thex-axis to thez-axis. However, the effect of the air-suspension was not so remarkable as expected. Among 40% of drivers seemed to exceed the FDP boundary during a day.The questionnaire study showed an improvement in the ergonomic evaluation of the tractors. The air suspension models seemed to induce less LBP than the steel suspension models.

  6. DETERMINATION OF TRANSMISSION GEAR RATIO IN MECHANICAL PART OF TRACTOR ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION

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    Ch. I. Zhdanovich

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A methodology has been developed for selection of gear number and transmission gear ratios in mechanical part of a wheel-type tractor with electro-mechanical transmission containing a propulsion asynchronous electric motor with variablefrequency control. The paper proposes to determine a transmission gear ratio on the basis of the following: provision of wheel torque dependence on tractor speed which is the best one for a traction process and during transfer from one gear to the other; provision of nominal operational mode of the electric motor for all tractor operations where it is working for a long period of time; provision of minimum possible number of gears; complete realization of internal combustion engine power on the tractor wheels at limit operational mode of the electric motor. As a characteristic of the asynchronous electric motor with variable-frequency control contains various portions which can be used either completely or partially due to operating conditions, the gear number is determined in the process of transmission gear ration finding but not prior to this. A wheel torque of the tractor with electro-mechanical transmission can be limited according to the following factors: grip of wheel with supporting surface; maximum power of an internal combustion engine which can be transferred to the wheels and a torque which is developed by a propulsion electric motor. It is not proposed to exceed nominal operational mode of the propulsion electric motor for all the operations of the tractor if it is working for a long period of time because in the case of significant excess of the nominal operational mode of the asynchronous electric motor its rather long operation leads to low efficiency and high losses in power, large heat liberation and consequently requires to develop more complicated system for electric motor cooling. An excess of nominal electric motor torque can be justified for short-term operational modes because in this case

  7. Co-Simulation Research of the Mechanical-Hydraulic-Control Coupling System of ITER Tractor

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    Yang, Xiuqing; Luo, Minzhou; Mei, Tao; Yao, Damao

    2009-06-01

    The virtual prototyping models of the mechanical, hydraulic and control system of the ITER tractor were built with CATIA, ADAMS and MATLAB/Simulink respectively according to its heavy load and high precision characteristics, and the data transfer between the different models was accomplished by the integration interface between different software. Consequently the virtual experimental platform for the multi-disciplinary co-simulation was established. A co-simulation study of the mechanical-hydraulic-control coupling system of the ITER tractor was carried out. The synchronization servo control of parallel hydraulic cylinders was implemented, and the tracking control of the preconcerted trajectory of the hydraulic cylinders was realized on the established experimental platform. This paper presents the optimization design and technology rebuilding for the complicated coupling system with its theoretic foundation and co-simulation virtual experimental platform.

  8. Co-Simulation Research of the Mechanical-Hydraulic-Control Coupling System of ITER Tractor

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    YANG Xiuqing; LUO Minzhou; MEI Tao; YAO Damao

    2009-01-01

    The virtual prototyping models of the mechanical, hydraulic and control system of the ITER tractor were built with CATIA, ADAMS and MATLAB/Simulink respectively according to its heavy load and high precision characteristics, and the data transfer between the different models was accomplished by the integration interface between different software. Consequently the virtual experimental platform for the multi-disciplinary co-simulation was established. A co-simulation study of the mechanical-hydraulic-control coupling system of the ITER tractor was carried out. The synchronization servo control of parallel hydraulic cylinders was implemented, and the tracking control of the preconcerted trajectory of the hydraulic cylinders was realized on the established experimental platform. This paper presents the optimization design and technology rebuilding for the complicated coupling system with its theoretic foundation and co-simulation virtual experimental platform.

  9. Local Unit Invariance, Back-Reacting Tractors and the Cosmological Constant Problem

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    Bonezzi, Roberto; Waldron, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    When physics is expressed in a way that is independent of local choices of unit systems, Riemannian geometry is replaced by conformal geometry. Moreover masses become geometric, appearing as Weyl weights of tractors (conformal multiplets of fields necessary to keep local unit invariance manifest). The relationship between these weights and masses is through the scalar curvature. As a consequence mass terms are spacetime dependent for off-shell gravitational backgrounds, but happily constant for physical, Einstein manifolds. Unfortunately this introduces a naturalness problem because the scalar curvature is proportional to the cosmological constant. By writing down tractor stress tensors (multiplets built from the standard stress tensor and its first and second derivatives), we show how back-reaction solves this naturalness problem. We also show that classical back-reaction generates an interesting potential for scalar fields. We speculate that a proper description of how physical systems couple to scale, coul...

  10. Work Performance of MB Trac 900 Tractor on Mountains Terrain in Turkey

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    Tolga Ozturk

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The forestry works mainly involves such various stages as growing, protection, production, wood harvesting, marketing and utilization of forest products. Wood harvesting is performed by completion of cutting, extraction and transporting stages. The most obvious feature of wood harvesting is that the operations are done under various weather conditions open in the field. The measurements and observations were made on 25 work made under different working conditions during cable pulling with MB Trac 900 forest tractor at the harvesting area. The time determinations were made with continuous time measuring technique. Regression analyses were employed for determining the factors. In this study, the results of studies carried out on the MB Trac 900 forest tractor operated in the Artvin region located in the Northeast Turkey are presented.

  11. Dynamic response to road roughness on a tractor-semitrailer system with driver body model

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    2002-01-01

    A linear mass-spring system model of a tractor-semitrailer together with driver body parts and sprung seat is presented. Natural frequencies of the system are calculated and response of components in the system to road roughness is completed by means of computer simulation and power spectral density (PSD) approach in all of road conditions and loading cases. The results show that the severest situation of response of the system occurs when the road in rough condition and vehicle unladen. The most sensitive frequency to human body parts is around 0.9Hz, and model types of a human body seem to be not significant tothe response of a heavy tractor-semitrailer system, including to the response of the driver himself.

  12. Research and Design of Hydro-mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission for Tractors

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    XU Liyou; ZHOU Zhili; ZHANG Mingzhu; LI Yan

    2006-01-01

    A new type continuous variable transmission device, a hydro-mechanical continuously variable transmission (HMCVT) for agricultural tractors is developed, which is composed of a single planetary gear differential train, a hydraulic transmission system consisted of variable displacement pump and fixed displacement motor and a multi-gear fixed step radio transmission. Based on the analysis of types of hydrostatic mechanical transmission (HMT) and styles of hydraulic transmission, the general drive scheme for HMCVT is obtained. The method of selecting mechanical parameters and hydraulic units is explained, and the stepless speed regulation characteristic of HMCVT is analyzed. This paper also specializes the calculating method of transmission efficiency. It shows that tractors assembled with HMCVT can obtain a continuously variable speed and achieve high drive efficiency.

  13. Quantifying driver's field-of-view in tractors: methodology and case study.

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    Gilad, Issachar; Byran, Eyal

    2015-01-01

    When driving a car, the visual awareness is important for operating and controlling the vehicle. When operating a tractor, it is even more complex. This is because the driving is always accompanied with another task (e.g., plough) that demands constant changes of body postures, to achieve the needed Field-of-View (FoV). Therefore, the cockpit must be well designed to provide best FoV. Today, the driver's FoV is analyzed mostly by computer simulations of a cockpit model and a Digital Human Model (DHM) positioned inside. The outcome is an 'Eye view' that displays what the DHM 'sees'. This paper suggests a new approach that adds quantitative information to the current display; presented on three tractor models as case studies. Based on the results, the design can be modified. This may assist the engineer, to analyze, compare and improve the design, for better addressing the driver needs.

  14. Determination of Types of Tractor Failures, Failure Density and Solutions for economic stability of Agriculture in Şanlıurfa District

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    PİŞKİN, Bülent; SAĞLAM, Ramazan; ÇOBAN, Hasan

    2017-01-01

    In this study a questionnaire form and a tractor failure service registration form used for determine the failure density. Survey is applied in the South Eastern Anatolia Project (GAP) provinces with 68 farmers, 22 service stations and 18 spare parts dealers. Target audiences within the scope o f the survey were asked 20 questions. They have chosen the failures that were occurred on their tractors. Obtained results are compared with the tractor failures registered in services. Based on the re...

  15. Noise levels of a track-laying tractor during field operations in the vineyard

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    Pietro Catania

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Noise in agriculture is one of the risk factors to be taken into account in the assessment of the health and safety of workers; in particular, it is known that the tractor is a source of high noise. The Italian Low Decree 81/2008 defined the requirements for assessing and managing noise risk identifying a number of procedures to be adopted at different noise levels to limit workers exposure. This paper concerns the analysis of the noise risk arising from the use of a tracklaying tractor during field operations carried out in the vineyard. The objective of this study was to evaluate the noise level that comes close to the ear of the operator driving the tractor measuring the values of equivalent sound level (Leq(A and peak sound pressure (LCpk. We considered four options related to the same tractor coupled with the following tools to perform some farming operations: rototilling, chisel plough, flail mowers and vibro farmer. We considered three test conditions: T1 in flat (slope 0%, T2 uphill and T3 downhill (both 30% slope. The instrument used for the measurements is a precision integrating portable sound level meter, class 1, model HD2110L by Delta OHM, Italy. Each survey lasted 2 minutes, with an interval of measurement equal to 0.5 s. The tests were performed in compliance with the standards ISO 9612 and ISO 9432. The results show that the measured sound levels exceed the limits allowed by the regulations in almost all the test conditions; values exceeding the threshold limit of 80 dB(A were recorded coming up to a maximum value of 92.8 dB(A for flail mowers in test T1. When limits imposed by the regulations are exceeded, the operator is obliged to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

  16. INVESTIGATION OF PROCESS PERTAINING TO INTERACTION OF TRACTOR DRIVING WHEELS WITH GROUND SURFACE

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    V. V. Guskov

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of investigations on the process pertaining to interaction of a driving wheel with ground surface and describes methodology for optimization of backbone parameters. The mentioned process has some specific differences in comparison with the process of wheel rolling along hard surface. Ground surface is represented by mixture of sandy and clay particles with plant residues and it has a number of physical and mechanical properties. The main of these properties is resistance of soil against compression and displacement. Compression process determines a track depth and resistance to motion and displacement process determines wheel gripping property and its tangential traction force. While executing the investigations laws of compression and displacement proposed by Prof.V. V. Katsygin as the most adequate reflection of actual processes have been used in the paper. Motion of the driving wheel along ground surface is accompanied by its slipping. It has been determined that the maximum wheel traction force is formed not with 100% slipping as it was supposed until present but the value has been obtained at 45–60 % slipping according to soil category. The developed integral equations with due account of the aspect make it possible to calculate road hold characteristics of driving wheels of the designed wheel tractor and evaluate its traction, speed and economic characteristics. Methodology has been developed for optimization of backbone parameters of wheeled running gear in the designed tractor such as design mass and adhesion weight, width, diameter and air pressure in a tire. The proposed methodology has been introduced in designing practice of wheeled tractors at OJSC “Minsk Tractor Works”.

  17. Elementos de gestión en el uso del parque de tractores

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    Mario Ignacio Herrera Prat

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El uso racional de los tractores y sus agregados en los procesos agrícolas constituye el mayor potencial de ahorro de combustible y de disminución de la contaminación. En el Ministerio de Educación Superior se destinan 532 000 litros de diesel al año en esta esfera. La administración adecuada del parque de tractores y sus agregados en una entidad permite la gestión eficiente del tractor como fuente energética. En este trabajo utilizando el programa de computación CEMaq, se caracteriza y analiza el parque de tractores y sus agregados, las actividades y labores a realizar en las universidades y centros de investigación de la entidad, Se determinan los puntos clave en el uso de combustible referido a actividades, equipamiento y labores a ejecutar. La determinación de los índices de consumo por actividades, labores y equipos, servirán de base para la toma de decisiones para una gestión eficiente de la energía en este sector. En el Ministerio de Educación Superior, el combustible dedicado para esta fuente energética se divide en tres sectores: un 55% para el servicio, un 28% para el pecuario y un 17% para el agrícola. La actividad de servicio es el sector fundamental para la gestión energética en esta fuente y dentro de ella, la labor de deshierbe.

  18. Effects of soil moisture content and tractor wheeling intensity on traffic-induced soil compaction

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    Iman AHMADI

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Soil compaction causes deleterious effects on physical and mechanical proprieties of agricultural soils. In order to investigate the effect of soil moisture content and tractor wheeling intensity on traffic-induced soil compaction, this study was carried out on a field with clay loam soil. Soil dry bulk density and hydraulic conductivity as well as emergence percentage of corn seedlings and dry mass of the sampled mature plants were considered the dependent variables of the experiment. Independent variables consisted of soil moisture content with five levels (12, 15, 17, 19, and 21%, traffic intensity with three levels (four, two, and zero passes of tractor wheel (tractor model: John Deere 3350 from the entire area of the plot, and soil sampling depth with three levels (0-10, 10-20, and 20-30 cm. According to the results of this study, gradual increase in soil water content generally resulted in an increase in soil bulk density; moreover, increasing the tractor wheeling intensity from 0 to 4 passes increased bulk density by 13%. Furthermore, the driest soil water content had the highest and the wettest soil water content had the lowest emergence percentage of corn seedlings among the treatments; moreover, traffic intensity treatment inversely affected the emergence percentage of corn seedlings and the dry mass of mature plants. To sum up, these results indicate that, for improving water permeability and reducing dry bulk density of the examined clay loam soil, as well as better emergence of corn seedlings and ultimately increasing crop yield, it is recommended to avoid wheeling when soil moisture content is high, reduce the number of machinery wheel passes from the farm as low as possible, and restrict the wheel passes to fixed strips along the field, whenever possible.

  19. Adoption of rollover protective structures (ROPS) on U.S. farm tractors by state: 1993-1995, 2001, and 2004.

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    Hard, D L; Myers, J R

    2011-04-01

    This research compares state-level rollover protective structure (ROPS) prevalence rates from the early and mid-1990s to those observed in the years 2001 and 2004. In addition, state-level ROPS prevalence rates are compared to state-level tractor overturn fatality rates. Tractor data for 1993-1995 and for 2001 and 2004 for all tractors and ROPS-equipped tractors in use on U.S. farms were derived from surveys conducted for NIOSH by the USDA-NASS. Changes in ROPS prevalence rates at the state level between the two time periods were assessed using a two-sample paired t-test with unequal sample sizes. Poisson regression was used to assess the association between ROPS prevalence rates and tractor overturn fatality rates at the state level. Overall, 49 of the 50 states had an observed increase in the percentage of farm tractors equipped with ROPS from 1993-1995 to 2001 and 2004. This increase was statistically significant for 34 states. Large shifts in ROPS prevalence were found within individual states and in clusters of states. These include a major increase in the southeastern U.S. and some western states. However, a core of states in the northeast (many of them in or near the Appalachian Mountains) through the upper midwest remain in the bottom quartile for ROPS prevalence. For the years 1992 through 2004, the highest fatality rates were observed in many of the same states that were identified previously as having persistently low ROPS prevalence rates. There is a clear relationship between low state-level ROPS prevalence rates and high state-specific tractor overturn fatality rates. While progress has been made in increasing the percentage of ROPS-equipped farm tractors, it is projected that ROPS prevalence rates will not reach a protective level nationally until after 2015. Regionally, the northeast and midwest will not reach protective levels of ROPS-equipped tractors until after 2020. Based on the adoption rates observed, tractor overturn rates will likely

  20. A novel design procedure for tractor clutch fingers by using optimization and response surface methods

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    Dogan, Oguz; Karpat, Fatih; Yuce, Celalettin; Kaya, Necmettin; Yavuz, Nurettin [Uludag University, Gorukle (Turkmenistan); Sen, Hasan [Valeo A. S., Bursa (Turkmenistan)

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    This paper presents a methodology for re-designing a failed tractor transmission component subjected to cyclic loading. Unlike other vehicles, tractors cope with tough working conditions. Thus, it is necessary to re-design components by using modern optimization techniques. To extend their service life, we present a design methodology for a failed tractor clutch power take-off finger. The finger was completely re-designed using topology and shape optimization approach. Stress-life based fatigue analyses were performed. Shape optimization and response surface methodology were conducted to obtain optimum dimensions of the finger. Two design parameters were selected for the design of experiment method and 15 cases were analyzed. By using design of the experiment method, three responses were obtained: Maximum stresses, mass, and displacement depending on the selected the design parameters. After solving the optimization problem, we achieved a maximum stress and mass reduction of 14% and 6%, respectively. The stiffness was improved up to 31.6% compared to the initial design.

  1. Risk perceptions, barriers, and motivators to tractor ROPS retrofitting in the New York state farm community.

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    Sorensen, J A; May, J J; Jenkins, P L; Jones, A M; Earle-Richardson, G B

    2006-08-01

    The prevalence of tractor rollovers among agricultural workers has made the retrofitting of tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts a public health priority for agricultural health and safety specialists. To address this concern, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) developed a seven-question survey, designed to assess perceptions of risk as well as potential motivators and barriers to retrofitting. Data from 465 phone surveys were gathered from New York State farmers representing various commodities and farm sizes. Analysis of responses to three qualitative questions contained in the survey indicated that most farmers in New York understand the importance of ROPS but lack the proper motivation to consider retrofitting. It appears that more convenient safety strategies, cost, and age of the tractor compete with a farmer's initiative to retrofit. In addition, survey responses illustrate that although many farmers believe ROPS are important in a general sense, many believe that this safety measure is not necessary for them in particular. Frequent motivators to retrofitting are concerns about safety, although the authors conclude that a more thorough analysis of these "general safety concerns" in qualitative interviews is important.

  2. Off-axial acoustic radiation force of pressor and tractor Bessel beams on a sphere

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    Silva, Glauber T; Lobo, Tiago P; Mitri, Farid G

    2012-01-01

    Acoustic Bessel beams are known to produce an axial radiation force on a sphere centered on the beam axis (on-axial configuration) that exhibits both "pressor" and "tractor" behaviors. The pressor and the tractor forces are oriented along the beam's direction of propagation and opposite to it, respectively. The behavior of the acoustic radiation force generated by Bessel beams when the sphere lies outside the beam's axis (off-axial configuration) is unknown. Using the 3D radiation force formulas given in terms of the partial wave expansion coefficients for the incident and scattered waves, both axial and transverse components of the force exerted on a silicone-oil sphere are obtained for a zero- and a first-order Bessel vortex beam. As the sphere departs from the beam's axis, the tractor force becomes weaker. Moreover, the behavior of the transverse radiation force field may vary with the sphere's size factor $ka$ (where $k$ is the wavenumber and $a$ is the sphere radius). Both stable and unstable equilibrium...

  3. Gravity, two times, tractors, Weyl invariance, and six-dimensional quantum mechanics

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    Bonezzi, R.; Latini, E.; Waldron, A.

    2010-09-01

    Fefferman and Graham showed some time ago that four-dimensional conformal geometries could be analyzed in terms of six-dimensional, ambient, Riemannian geometries admitting a closed homothety. Recently, it was shown how conformal geometry provides a description of physics manifestly invariant under local choices of unit systems. Strikingly, Einstein’s equations are then equivalent to the existence of a parallel scale tractor (a six-component vector subject to a certain first order covariant constancy condition at every point in four-dimensional spacetime). These results suggest a six-dimensional description of four-dimensional physics, a viewpoint promulgated by the 2 times physics program of Bars. The Fefferman-Graham construction relies on a triplet of operators corresponding, respectively, to a curved six-dimensional light cone, the dilation generator and the Laplacian. These form an sp(2) algebra which Bars employs as a first class algebra of constraints in a six-dimensional gauge theory. In this article four-dimensional gravity is recast in terms of six-dimensional quantum mechanics by melding the 2 times and tractor approaches. This parent formulation of gravity is built from an infinite set of six-dimensional fields. Successively integrating out these fields yields various novel descriptions of gravity including a new four-dimensional one built from a scalar doublet, a tractor-vector multiplet and a conformal class of metrics.

  4. Local unit invariance, back-reacting tractors and the cosmological constant problem

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    Bonezzi, R.; Corradini, O.; Waldron, A.

    2012-02-01

    When physics is expressed in a way that is independent of local choices of unit systems, Riemannian geometry is replaced by conformal geometry. Moreover masses become geometric, appearing as Weyl weights of tractors (conformal multiplets of fields necessary to keep local unit invariance manifest). The relationship between these weights and masses is through the scalar curvature. As a consequence mass terms are spacetime dependent for off-shell gravitational backgrounds, but happily constant for physical, Einstein manifolds. Unfortunately this introduces a naturalness problem because the scalar curvature is proportional to the cosmological constant. By writing down tractor stress tensors (multiplets built from the standard stress tensor and its first and second derivatives), we show how back-reaction solves this naturalness problem. We also show that classical back-reaction generates an interesting potential for scalar fields. We speculate that a proper description of how physical systems couple to scale, could improve our understanding of naturalness problems caused by the disparity between the particle physics and observed, cosmological constants. We further give some ideas how an ambient description of tractor calculus could lead to a Ricci-flat/CFT correspondence which generalizes the AdS side of Maldacena's duality to a Ricci-flat space of one higher dimension.

  5. Comparison between ISO 5008 and field whole body vibration tractor values

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    Roberto Deboli

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The exposure to whole body vibration (WBV of tractor drivers during field operations is a problem that has never been solved. WBV values are quite difficult to predict because of the high number of variables, such as mass and geometry of the vehicle, forward speed, tire pressure, type of ground, operation cycle, and environmental factors. The use of an artificial track is useful to limit the variability of some field parameters, such as the path followed, fluctuations in speed, weather, temperature, and soil conditions. For comparative purposes, these variables need to be maintained as constant as possible in order to obtain the most useful data. An analysis of the literature provoked the question: Is there a lower forward speed on artificial track that can generate the same vibration response on tractors working in the same field? In this paper, we analyze the available literature and provide some WBV values and frequency analysis of acceleration measured on agricultural tractors traveling on an artificial test track and on different types of ground.

  6. Coca-Cola Refreshments Class 8 Diesel Electric Hybrid Tractor Evaluation: 13-Month Final Report

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    Walkowicz, K.; Lammert, M.; Curran, P.

    2012-08-01

    This 13-month evaluation used five Kenworth T370 hybrid tractors and five Freightliner M2106 standard diesel tractors at a Coca Cola Refreshments facility in Miami, Florida. The primary objective was to evaluate the fuel economy, emissions, and operational field performance of hybrid electric vehicles when compared to similar-use conventional diesel vehicles. A random dispatch system ensures the vehicles are used in a similar manner. GPS logging, fueling, and maintenance records and laboratory dynamometer testing are used to evaluate the performance of these hybrid tractors. Both groups drive similar duty cycles with similar kinetic intensity (0.95 vs. 0.69), average speed (20.6 vs. 24.3 mph), and stops per mile (1.9 vs. 1.5). The study demonstrated the hybrid group had a 13.7% fuel economy improvement over the diesel group. Laboratory fuel economy and field fuel economy study showed similar trends along the range of KI and stops per mile. Hybrid maintenance costs were 51% lower per mile; hybrid fuel costs per mile were 12% less than for the diesels; and hybrid vehicle total cost of operation per mile was 24% less than the cost of operation for the diesel group.

  7. Effects of tractor loads and tyre pressures on soil compaction in Tunisia under different moisture conditions

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    Khemis, Chiheb; Abrougui, Khaoula; Ren, Lidong; Mutuku, Eunice Ann; Chehaibi, Sayed; Cornelis, Wim

    2017-04-01

    Vegetables in Tunisia demand frequent tractor traffic for soil tillage, cultural operations and phytosanitary treatment, resulting in soil compaction. This study evaluates the effects of four levels of compaction by using different loads and tyre pressures of tractors, i.e., load 1 (C1) = 1460 kg, load 2 (C2) = 3100 kg, tyre pressure 1 (C3) = 800 kg cm-2, tyre pressure 2 (C4) = 1500 kg cm-2 on the hydraulic and physical properties of a sandy loam (10% clay, 20% silt, 68% sand) under three natural moisture conditions H0, H1 (15 days later), H2 (30 days later). At H0 average water content between 0 and 30 cm depth varied from 0.04 to 0.06 kg kg-1, at H1 between 0.13 and 0.07 kg kg-1, and at H2 between 0.10 and 0.09 kg kg-1. Each test run was limited to one pass. Undisturbed soil cores were collected in the topsoil (0-10 cm), at 10-20 cm and in the subsoil (20-30 cm) below the trace of the wheel at sites in the Higher Institute of Agronomy of Chott Mariam, Sousse, Tunisia. Soil compaction level was determined by penetration resistance using a penetrologger. Porosity, bulk density and permeability were then determined to evaluate the impact of the four load/tyre pressure combinations at the three moisture conditions on soil compaction. Prior to the experiment (C0), bulk density was 1.4 Mg m-3. After the tractor pass, the highest degree of compaction was observed with tractor load C2 and tyre pressure C4 which significantly changed soil bulk density resulting in values of up to 1.71 Mg m-3 in the topsoil and compacted subsoil under H2, which is significantly above the critical value of 1.6 Mg m-3 for soils with clay content below 17.5%. The high degree of compaction significantly affected penetration resistance and porosity of both topsoil and subsoil layers accordingly. Permeability was significantly reduced as a result of the induced compaction. The results demonstrate that different degrees of soil compaction under different moisture levels could greatly influence

  8. Levels of vibration transmitted to the operator of the tractor equipped with front axle suspension

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    Daniele Pochi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In recent years the comfort and the preservation of the health of the operators became central issues in the evolution of agricultural machinery and led to the introduction of devices aimed at improving working conditions. Thereby, for instance, the presence of air conditioner, soundproof cab and driver seat suspension became normal on agricultural tractors. The vibrations are one of the most complex issues to deal with, being determined by the characteristics and interaction of elements such as tyres, axles, mainframe, cab and seat suspension. In this respect, manufacturers are trying to improve their products, even integrating these elements with new devices such as the suspension on the front axle of the tractor, aimed at reducing the level of vibrations during the transfers at high speed. One of these underwent tests at CRA-ING. Since its purpose is to reduce the level of vibration transmitted to the driver, their measurements in different points of the tractor and in different operating conditions, were compared in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the device, expressed as time of exposure. The suspension system of the front axle is designed to absorb the oscillations (especially pitching determined by irregularities in the road surface, allowing an increased control of the vehicle at high speed, as demonstrated by the test results and confirmed by the driving impressions outlined by the operator. The action of the device under these conditions results in an increase of the exposure time, important fact because of the relevance of the road transfer operations of tractors with mounted implements or trailers to tow and of the tendency to increase the speed limit for the road tractors (in Germany were brought to 50 km h–1 for several years. The action just described is less evident with increasing irregularity of the road surface and with the decrease of the travel speed. Nevertheless, in such conditions, the device appears to

  9. Study on the possibility of application of a compact roll over protective structure for agricultural wheeled narrow track tractors

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    Danilo Monarca

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Since occupational accidents often occur in farm tractor drivers, it is extremely important to focus the attention on specific devices in order to avoid risks from tractor overturning. This phenomenon is actually considered as the leading cause of deaths or injuries related to agricultural work. The system adopted to reduce the above-mentioned risk consists of passive protection devices aimed at preventing the hazardous event which may affect workers’ health. More precisely, the tractor chassis (i.e. ROPS and the proper seat belt define a “safety volume” around the worker. The aim of the present research is to carry out tests on narrow-track wheeled tractors with fixed roll over protective structures in those areas – such as hazel and olive groves and vineyards - where problems related to under–tree activities occur. This is to implement planting layout and/or cultivation techniques which can be considered suitable for tractors with roll over protective structures. According to that, their project parameters – i.e. safety volume, seat position and typology, test methods - can be successfully modified and improved. The results show that nowadays only a few agricultural vehicles are provided with specific fixed devices able to work under tree without damaging orchards.

  10. A multibody approach applied to the study of driver injuries due to a narrow-track wheeled tractor rollover

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    Simone Pascuzzi

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes the use of the multibody approach to evaluate the severity of the injuries to the driver associated with rollover of an agricultural tractor. A simple rollover accident of a narrow-track wheeled tractor was simulated in the multibody-FEM Madymo environment and the biomechanical damage to the operator with and without 2-point pelvic restraint was analysed. The structure of the tractor was considered to be unbendable, whereas i infinitely rigid, ii clay-based and iii sand-based soils have been studied. The obtained results highlight the important role played by the seat belt in confining the farm operator within the safety volume maintained by the rollover protective structure (ROPS of the tractor so that the injuries are reduced. The deformation of the soil produces lower acceleration and velocity values than those obtained with a rigid soil. On the other hand, as soil plastic deformations increase, the penetration of ROPS into the soil also increases, thus reducing the safety volume of the tractor and increasing the probability of interactions between the operator and the soil.

  11. The so(d+2,2) Minimal Representation and Ambient Tractors: the Conformal Geometry of Momentum Space

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    Gover, A R

    2009-01-01

    Tractor Calculus is a powerful tool for analyzing Weyl invariance; although fundamentally linked to the Cartan connection, it may also be arrived at geometrically by viewing a conformal manifold as the space of null rays in a Lorentzian ambient space. For dimension d conformally flat manifolds we show that the (d+2)-dimensional Fefferman--Graham ambient space corresponds to the momentum space of a massless scalar field. Hence on the one hand the null cone parameterizes physical momentum excitations, while on the other hand, null rays correspond to points in the underlying conformal manifold. This allows us to identify a fundamental set of tractor operators with the generators of conformal symmetries of a scalar field theory in a momentum representation. Moreover, these constitute the minimal representation of the non-compact conformal Lie symmetry algebra of the scalar field with Kostant--Kirillov dimension d+1. Relaxing the conformally flat requirement, we find that while the conformal Lie algebra of tractor...

  12. Evaluation of the agricultural tractor using biofuel and diesel oil; Avaliacao de um trator agricola utilizando biocombustivel e oleo diesel

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    Lopes, Reny Adilmar Prestes; Pinheiro Neto, Raimundo; Meyer, Wagner; Mendonca, Elton Costa de; Roberti, Marcelo [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (UEM), PR (Brazil)], Emails: raplopes@uem.br, rpneto@uem.br

    2009-07-01

    Test with alternative fuels is essential to evaluate the performance of machines and engines. In this paper, the performance of a tractor in chiseling operation was evaluated using oil diesel and biofuel (oil diesel + soybean vegetable oil mixture). Speed of displacement, slip wheels, force traction bar and fuel consumption was evaluated in areas under tillage and no-tillage. The speed of displacement of the set presented similar behavior in tillage and no-tillage. Bigger values mean force in the bar of traction, slip and fuel consumptions had been observed for no-tillage with the tractor operating with diesel. Bigger values mean consumption the biofuel had been observed in areas under tillage. The coverings of the soil had influenced in the values of force bar traction, slip wheels, speed of displacement and fuel consumption. In the studied conditions, the tests demonstrate that the mixture oil diesel + soybean vegetable oil had not influenced in the performance of the tractor. (author)

  13. Testing and Performance Evaluation of Tractor Mounted Hydraulic Elevator for Mango Orchard

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    Kishor P. Kolhe

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The harvesting and pruning of horticultural crops is quite difficult due to their tallness. There are small hand tools available for harvesting and pruning. But these tools of harvesting and pruning are restricted due tree height, unavailability of trained labours for climbing and cost of operation etc. The mechanized machines are available; these are heavy and costly and are not suitable for low land holding, Indian marginal famers. Harvesting and pruning of horticultural crops with the available hand tool is very difficult. The labor has to climb on the tree by carrying these hand tools, which requires skill too. To overcome the above problems a Tractor Mounted Hydraulic Elevator (TMHE powered by tractor PTO, was tested for the mechanical harvesting and pruning of mango orchards using digital load cell, digital Vibration meter and digital Techometer for elevator stability study and pruner engine RPM measurements while in branch cutting respectively. The field performance of the above machine was carried out on plane mango plot, at Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Dist: -Ratnagiri (Maharashtra, India. The machine was tested for the better stability at maximum reach position for harvesting and pruning of various mango varieties, like Alphanso, Totapuri etc. Approach: To reduce the harvesting /pruning cost, increase the harvesting/pruning efficiency and enhance the overall productivity of mango orchards. Also to use the traditional mechanized/ manual pruning tools with the developed tractor mounted hydraulic elevator. To develop and refine the power operated mechanism for marginal farmers. This stability study was carried out, by using strain gauge load cell (S-beam, having capacity of 2000 kg. The load cell guiding device was designed and fabricated for conducting the above experiments following standard material specifications of American society of testing material. The reaction on

  14. Repair and maintenance costs of 4WD tractors and self propelled combine harvesters in Italy

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    Aldo Calcante

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Purchasing and maintaining tractors and operating machines are two of the most considerable costs of the agricultural sector, which includes farm equipment manufacturers, farm contractors and farms. In this context, repair and maintenance costs (R&M costs generally constitute 10-15% of the total costs related to agricultural equipment and tend to increase with the age of the equipment; hence, an important consideration in farm management is the optimal time for equipment replacement. Classical, R&M cost estimation models, calculated as a function of accumulated working hours, are usually developed by ASAE/ASABE for the United States operating conditions. However, R&M costs are strongly influenced by farming practices, operative conditions, crop and soil type, climatic conditions, etc. which can be specific for individual countries. In this study, R&M cost model parameters were recalculated for the current Italian situation. For this purpose, data related to the R&M costs of 100 4WD tractors with engine power ranging from 59 to 198 kW, and of 20 SP combine harvesters (10 straw walkers combines and 10 axial flow combines with engine power ranging from 159 to 368 kW working in Italy were collected. According to the model, which was obtained by interpolating the data through a two-parameter power function (proposed by ASAE/ASABE, the R&M cost incidence on the list price of Italian tractors at 12,000 working hours (estimated life of the machines was 48.6%, as compared with 43.2% calculated through the most recent U.S. model while, for self propelled combine harvesters, the R&M cost incidence at 3,000 working hours was 23.1 % as compared with 40.2% calculated through the same U.S. model.

  15. A New Skid Trail Pattern Design for Farm Tractors Using Linear Programing and Geographical Information Systems

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    Selcuk Gumus

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Farm tractor skidding is one of the common methods of timber extraction in Turkey. However, the absence of an optimal skidding plan covering the entire production area can result in time loss and negative environmental impacts. In this study, the timber extraction by farm tractors was analyzed, and a new skid trail pattern design was developed using Linear Programming (LP and Geographical Information Systems (GIS. First, a sample skidding operation was evaluated with a time study, and an optimum skidding model was generated with LP. Then, the new skidding pattern was developed by an optimum skidding model and GIS analysis. At the end of the study, the developed new skid trail pattern was implemented in the study area and tested by running a time study. Using the newly developed “Direct Skid Trail Pattern (DSTP” model, a 16.84% increase in working time performance was observed when the products were extracted by farm tractors compared to the existing practices. On the other hand, the average soil compaction value measured in the study area at depths of 0–5 cm and 5–10 cm was found to be greater in the sample area skid trails than in the control points. The average density of the skid trails was 281 m/ha, while it decreased to 187 m/ha by using the developed pattern. It was also found that 44,829 ton/ha of soil losses were prevented by using the DSTP model; therefore, environmental damages were decreased.

  16. Initial rollover effectiveness evaluation of an alternative seat belt design for agricultural tractors.

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    Rains, G C

    2000-02-01

    A test program was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a seat belt restraint in preventing occupant movement in a rollover accident. A baseline type-2 seat belt (pelvic and torso restraint), and an improved type-2 seat belt restraint, both designed to restrict occupant motion in a rollover accident, were tested in a rollover restraints tester (RRT). Each seat belt was placed on a H-III 50th percentile male dummy and testing conducted at a single roll rate and two D-ring adjustment positions. Each test simulated what was approximately a 260 degrees per second rollover parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tractor with the top of the ROPS impacting the ground after 180 degrees of roll. Forces on the dummy's head and neck were measured, and video was taken to measure the head motion in the x-, y-, and z-axis of the dummy. The average vertical, forward, and lateral head movement in the baseline seat belt was 144, 222, and 184 mm, respectively, when the adjustable D-ring anchorage supporting the shoulder belt was in its lowest position. At the lowest D-ring height, the shoulder belt became ineffective and the seat belt performance became similar to a type-1 restraint (required for tractors with ROPS) resulting in increased vertical, forward, and lateral movement. The improved restraint reduced vertical head movement by as much as 75% without increasing head and neck loads above established injury criteria. Testing seat belts for rollover effectiveness will become increasingly important as seat belt usage on tractors with ROPS increases.

  17. Optical pulling force and torques on Rayleigh semiconductor prolate and oblate spheroids in Bessel tractor beams

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    Mitri, F. G.

    2017-07-01

    Optical tractor Bessel beams are gaining increased interest where a negative attractive force acting in opposite direction of wave propagation is harnessed for particle manipulation in opto-fluidics, the manufacturing of periodic composite metamaterials and other related applications. Previous works considered the spherical geometry, however, it is of some importance to develop improved models to investigate objects of more complex shapes and study the tractor beam effect on them. The aim of this work is therefore directed toward this goal, where the dipole approximation method is used to compute the optical force, spin and orbital torques on a subwavelength semiconductor spheroid illuminated by a zeroth-order Bessel vector beam. Numerical computations for the Cartesian components of the optical radiation force on prolate and oblate spheroids with arbitrary orientation are performed, with emphasis on the emergence of a negative pulling force and its dependence on the half-cone angle of the beam, the aspect ratio of the spheroid, and its orientation in space. Moreover, the Cartesian components of the spin radiation torque are computed where a negative spin torque can arise, which causes a rotational twisting effect of the spheroid around its center of mass in either the counterclockwise or the clockwise (negative) direction of spinning. In addition, the axial component of the orbital radiation torque is computed which also shows sign reversal. The results of this analysis provide a priori information for the design and development of novel optical tweezers devices and tractor beams, with potential applications in the manipulation and handling of elongated particles.

  18. Chores at Times of Fatal or Serious Injuries Associated with Tractor Overturns with and without Rollover Protection

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    Henry P. Cole

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This study describes chores when farmers were either fatally or seriously injured and required emergency medical treatment as a result of overturns of tractors with or without rollover protective structures (ROPS. Data from the 2002 Kentucky Farm Tractor Overturn Survey were used for this study. The data were collected by a telephone survey of a population-based random sample of 6063 (7.98% of Kentucky’s 76,017 farm operators as listed in the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service database. Of farm operators interviewed, 551 (9.1% reported 603 overturns and 5512 (90.9% reported no overturns in the history of their farm, covering a period from 1925 to February 2002. Only the latest overturn was considered to improve recall accuracy. In addition, since the 1925 to 1959 time period had only 49 (8.1% of the overturns reported, (14 farmers did not provide the year of most recent overturn; only data from the 1960 to 2002 period (approximately 41 years were used. After making these adjustments, incidents evaluated included 25 cases (one fatal and four serious nonfatal injuries that involved ROPS-equipped tractor overturns and 88 cases (24 fatal and 64 serious nonfatal injuries that involved non-ROPS tractor overturns. Chores at highest risk for tractor overturns were identified for which educational and ROPS retrofit interventions could be emphasized. The highest frequency of overturn-related fatalities and nonfatal injuries were associated with hay harvesting, rotary mowing, and on-farm travel chores. These three chores represented 68.2% of fatal events and 50.0% of permanent and 56.6% of temporary disability overturn incidents. Tragically, in countries such as India and China with emerging mechanization, a large majority of tractors are produced without ROPS that can be expected to result in the same overturn-related epidemic of deaths experienced in highly mechanized countries, despite evidence of the protection provided by ROPS.

  19. SELECTION OF METHOD FOR REGULATION OF TRACTOR PROPULSION ASYNCHRONOUS ELECTRIC MOTOR AND CONSTRUCTION OF MECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS

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    Ch. I. Zhdanovich

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays the work is in progress to develop wheeled and caterpillar tractors with electromechanical transmission. Range of changes in transmission gear ratio while using propulsion electric motor depends on mechanical characteristics of a tractor propulsion electric motor which is equipped with electromechanical transmission. In case when the range is rather high then it is possible to minimize number of gearings in the tractor gearing box or exclude its usage at all. Type of the applied propulsion electric motor and regulation method specify type of mechanical characteristics (characteristics family of the propulsion electric motor.The paper considers a propulsion asynchronous electric motor with frequency control. While using frequency control it is possible to regulate electric motor revolutions by mutual changes in voltage and voltage frequency. There are various laws of mutual changes in voltage and frequency (regulation laws. Selection of a regulation law influences on type of mechanical characteristics of a propulsion electric motor. Application of any law can be admissible only for some specific range of voltage frequency otherwise it is possible to exceed some parameters (for example, admissible voltage in the winding of electric motor stator. It is necessary to ensure the required moment within wide range for a tractor propulsion electric motor. In this case losses in the electric motor must be minimal. Losses in the rotor of the propulsion asynchronous electric motor are directly proportional to its sliding and its best propulsion and mechanical properties of a mobile machine will be ensured in the case when sliding is preserved at a constant value. According to these reasons selection of regulation laws has been carried out for operation of the propulsion asynchronous electric motor with nominal sliding and mechanical characteristics at nominal sliding is conventionally called a nominal characteristics.The paper analyzes the possible

  20. DESIGN AND TEST RESULTS FOR MULTIPLE-CONTACT GEAR OF «BELARUS»-TRACTOR TRANSMISSION

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    V. Supin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Gearing with high contact ratio (HCR has other properties than gearing formed with a standard original profile. The gearing is characterized by increased loading capacity. The paper presents a boundary element method (BEM which is applied to solve a problem pertaining to stress concentration at the tooth root. Gear-box casing with multiple-contact gear has remained in series production. Results of the investigations have been realized in the experimental gearbox of  the «Belarus-1523» tractor.

  1. Crop production without fossil fuel: production systems for tractor fuel and mineral nitrogen based on biomass

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    Ahlgren, Serina

    2009-12-15

    With diminishing fossil fuel reserves and concerns about global warming, the agricultural sector needs to reduce its use of fossil fuels. The objective of this thesis was to evaluate different systems for biomass-based production of tractor fuel and mineral nitrogen fertilisers, which at present are the two largest fossil energy carriers in Swedish agriculture. The land use, energy input and environmental load of the systems were calculated using life cycle assessment methodology. Two categories of renewable tractor fuel were studied: first generation fuels and second generation fuels, the latter defined as fuels not yet produced on a commercial scale. An organic farm self-sufficient in tractor fuel was modelled. Raw material from the farm was assumed to be delivered to a large fuel production facility and fuel transported back to the farm, where it was utilised. In general, the second generation renewable fuels had higher energy balance and lower environmental impact than the first generation fuels. However all systems studied reduced the use of fossil fuels to a great extent and lowered the contribution to global warming. The land needed to be set aside for tractor fuel varied between 2% and 5% of the farm's available land. Two major routes for biomass-based production of mineral nitrogen for conventional agriculture were studied, one based on anaerobic digestion and one on thermochemical gasification of biomass. The crops studied were able to produce between 1.6 and 3.9 tonnes N per hectare in the form of ammonium nitrate. The use of fossil fuel for ammonium nitrate production was 35 MJ per kg N in the fossil reference scenario, but only 1-4 MJ per kg N in the biomass systems. The contribution to global warming can be greatly reduced by the biomass systems, but there is an increased risk of eutrophication and acidification. It is clear that the agricultural sector has great potential to reduce the use of fossil fuel and to lower the emissions of greenhouse

  2. Determination of the curves, torque harnesses of performance of an agricultural tractor Massey Ferguson MF 275

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    Paula, Vanderson Rabelo de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (ESALQ/USP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz; Silva, Breno Alves; Santos, Thiago Castro Vidal dos; Porto, Rodrigo Padovani; Volpato, Carlos Eduardo Silva; Barbosa, Jackson Antonio [Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), MG (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The globalization of the economy has approached the markets and one of the consequences of this approach is the entrance of new equipment and highly competitive machines in cost terms. This is the same reality of the Brazilian agricultural sector that today counts on new options of machines and very interesting implements of the point of view of the acquisition cost. In this context, this work aimed at the dynamometric assay of an agricultural tractor for attainment of its curves of torque, power using the B100 soybean fuels, B100 olive, B100 diesel. (author)

  3. Operational performance of agricultural tractor in function of interior and metropolitano diesel mixture in mamona biodiesel

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    Tabile, Rubens Andre [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EESC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia; Lopes, Afonso; Toledo, Anderson de; Reis, Gustavo Naves dos; Silva, Rouverson Pereira da [Universidade Estadual Paulista (DER/UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Rural

    2008-07-01

    The great demand for energy sources by production systems allied to scarcity of fossil fuels has motivated the development and production of biodiesel, this is a fuel produced from renewable sources. Given that, the objective of this study was to compare the operating performance of an agricultural tractor, operating with interior and metropolitano diesel mixed to mamona biodiesel, in seven proportions. The tests were conducted in the Departamento de Engenharia Rural of UNESP/Jaboticabal - SP. The results showed that the kind of diesel did influence fuel consumption, and diesel metropolitano showed best quality. It was also observed that as biodiesel proportion increased, fuel consumption increased as well. (author)

  4. Costos energéticos de un conjunto tractor-máquina de siembra directa

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    Héctor Rafael de las Cuevas Milán; Tomasa Rodríguez Hernández; Pedro Paneque Rondón; Mario Ignacio Herrera Prat

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    Como parte de las investigaciones que se llevan a cabo en el Centro de Mecanización Agropecuaria (CEMA) de la Universidad Agraria de La Habana (UNAH), Cuba, en las máquinas para la labranza de conservación, se realizó la investigación del conjunto formado por el tractor MTZ-804 y la máquina sembradora de granos de origen ruso, SUP-PN84, modificada para la siembra directa, con el objetivo de determinar los costos energéticos del mismo. Se utilizó una metodología para establecer los costos ener...

  5. La normalización y certificación de tractores agrícolas en México

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay; Rocío Cervantes Osornio; Marco Antonio Audelo Benítez; Noé Velázquez López; José Manuel Vargas Sállago

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    El tractor agrícola es la principal fuente de potencia dentro de una unidad de producción. Por lo tanto para los usuarios de maquinaria agrícola, resulta una prioridad contar con mecanismos que permitan dar seguridad al usuario final o productor agrícola en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, para esto el objetivo del presente es dar a conocer la evolución de la normalización y certificación de la maquinaria agrícola en México, sus impactos y tendencias, por medio de una descripción...

  6. hrm320 full course latest 2015 november [ all discussion , assignment ,week 4 quiz and research paper

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      hrm320 full course latest 2015 november [ all discussion , assignment ,week 4 quiz and research paper Click Link Below To Buy: http://hwcampus.com/shop/hrm320-full-course-latest/   week 1   week 1   Lofty Lawns (graded) MAKE CERTAIN TO READ MY FIRST POST BEFORE POSTING YOUR DISCUSSION FOR THE WEEK! (TCO 1) Larry Land establishes a landscaping business under the name "Lofty Lawns." The business handles lawn care and seasonal flowersfor apartm...

  7. Effect of turbo charger system on engine fuel consumption and tractor power and traction (ITM475, ITM485 and ITM800

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    Kh PashaiHulasu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Tractors are considered as the main power generators in mechanized agriculture. Hence, the experts and engineers in tractor manufacturing of the country, are required to focus on developing and designing new features in tractor manufacturing. This must be, of course, paralleled with the economic aspects. Achieving this goal, Iran Tractor Manufactories Co., (ITMCO has designed and developed tractors equipped with turbochargers. This has been performed on ITM800 & ITM485 models, according to world standards. The turbocharger system, with harnessing of lost energy in engine output fumes, compresses the air entering the engine and more air enters the cylinder. This will cause the engine to burn fuel more efficiently and thus produce more power. Materials and Methods: This study has been carried out on ITM485 & ITM800 tractors (with turbocharger system and ITM285 & ITM475 tractors (without turbocharger system to assure the improvement of engine performance and compare them employing OECD world standards. Experiments were performed in the concrete runway of Tabriz Tractor Manufacturing Company. For experiments, a dynamometer was used to measure the traction force between two tractors, a measuring unit for fuel, a thermometer unit and a timer to measure the quantities of fuel consumption, drawbar force and power. For drawbar traction test, each of the tested tractors pulled the rear tractor in different gears and the dynamometer between these 2 tractors recorded the tractors traction force by data loggers. To measure tractors fuel consumption, a measuring unit of fuel (VDO - EDM 1404 was used that calculated the flow rate in the path of fuel from the fuel tank to the engine and the return path from the engine to the fuel tank and showed the quantity of fuel consumption in liters per hour digitally. Results and Discussion: In comparison of traction power and force of tractors with turbochargers and without turbochargers in different gears

  8. Improved or Unimproved Urban Areas Effect on Soil and Water Quality

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    Sally D. Logsdon

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Construction in urban areas usually results in compacted soil, which restricts plant growth and infiltration. Nutrients may be lost in storm runoff water and sediment. The purpose of this study was to determine if existing lawns benefit from aeration and surface compost additions without the negative impact of nutrient loss in runoff. Four sets of lawns were compared, with or without compost plus aeration, as a paired comparison. Surface bulk density was significantly reduced in the treated lawns (1.32 versus 1.42 Mg·m−3. Visual evaluation of soil structure showed improvement in the treated lawns. Of fifteen measurement dates over four years, four dates showed significantly higher surface soil water contents in the treated lawns compared with the untreated lawns. When compared over time, three of the four treated lawns had significantly higher soil water content than the untreated lawns. Nutrient concentrations in rainfall simulator runoff were not significantly different between treated and control lawns, which showed that compost did not negatively impact water quality. Compost and aeration helped restore soil quality for urban soils of recent construction.

  9. 32 CFR 842.22 - Definitions.

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    ... otherwise provides in kind to the claimant, including substandard housing and trailers, when the claimant... living areas, for example, boats, motorcycles, motorbikes, bicycles, lawn mowers, garden equipment,...

  10. Relación entre el Parque de Tractores Agrícolas y el Patrón de Difusión y Adopción mediante un Modelo Logístico Relationship between the Agricultural Tractor Stock and the Adoption and Diffusion Patterns using a Logistic Model

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    Ricardo M Muñoz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio determina el parque de tractores y la evolución del crecimiento de la adopción agregada del tractor agrícola en Chile. Se aplicó un modelo logístico para determinar el crecimiento de la adopción y la rapidez de adopción del tractor agrícola. Los parámetros del modelo se determinaron mediante un procedimiento no lineal. Se usó el balance del parque de tractores y la curva de tractorización y de adopción para estimar la variación de las unidades entre t y t-1 y se relacionó con la incorporación de tractores y con aquellos dados de baja. El modelo logístico mostró un nivel de ajuste significativo y permitió estimar la tasa de adopción y el nivel de saturación de la adopción. Se concluye que la metodología se puede aplicar para el estudio de la adopción de tecnologías en otras regiones y otros países.This paper determines the tractor stock and aggregate adoption growth of agricultural tractors in Chile. A logistic model was applied to determine the adoption growth and the adoption speed of agricultural tractors. Model parameters were determined by a non-linear algorithm. The tractor stock balance and the tractorization curve were used to estimate variation rate between t and t-1. This variation was associated with the introduction of tractors and those units removed from the stock. The logistic model showed a significant adjustment level and allowed estimating the rate of adoption and the adoption saturation level. It is concluded that the methodology can be applied to study technological adoption in other regions and other countries.

  11. Development and implementation of thermal signature testing protocol of auxiliary power unit (APU) and diesel tractor

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    Jenkins, Chelsea L.; Bourne, Stefanie M.; Rowley, Matthew J.; Miles, Jonathan J.

    2004-04-01

    Thermal signature may be one of the defining factors in determining the applicability of fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) technology in military applications. Thermal characterization is important for military applications given that identification and detection may be accomplished through observation of its thermal signature. The operating modes and power takeoff operations of a vehicle will likely determine the thermal profile. The objective of our study was to develop and implement a protocol for quantifying the thermal characteristics of a methanol fuel cell and an idling tractor engine under representative characteristic operations. APU thermal characteristics are a special case for which standardized testing procedures do not presently exist. A customized testing protocol was developed and applied that is specific to an APU-equipped vehicle. Initial testing was conducted on the methanol APU-equipped Freightliner tractor using a high-performance radiometric infrared system. The APU profile calls for a series of infrared images to be collected at three different viewing angles and two different elevations under various loads. The diesel engine was studied in a similar fashion using seven different viewing angles and two different elevations. Raw data collected according to the newly developed methodology provided the opportunity for computer analysis and thermal profiling of both the fuel cell and the diesel engine.

  12. DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF TRACTOR FRONT MOUNTED PIGEON PEA STEM CUTTER

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    Atul R. Dange

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Pigeon pea or tur (Cajanus cajan L. Mills. is one of the important pulse crops of India and ranks second to chickpea in area and production. Traditionally the harvesting of pigeon pea is done manually by sickle, which demands considerable amount of labour, drudgery, time and cost to harvest, which reflects on total production cost of the crop. In view of this a tractor operated front mounted pigeon pea stem cutter was developed and being front mounted implement it facilitated better visibility and control to operator. The power was transmitted from pto to gear box. Arrangement of hydraulic cylinder and hydraulic motor was provided on the equipment to facilitate the height of cut and to rotate the conveyer belt. During comparative performance evaluation of developed equipment, the average cutting efficiency and field capacity was found 96.30 % and 0.176 ha/hr respectively. There was increase in fuel consumption and plant damage with increase in speed of operation. The average operation cost of newly developed tractor operated front mounted pigeon pea stem cutter was 64.71% less as compared with manual harvesting of pigeon pea crop. The time saved was almost 1/3rd to that of manual harvesting.

  13. Design of a Load Torque Based Control Strategy for Improving Electric Tractor Motor Energy Conversion Efficiency

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    Mengnan Liu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the electrical conversion efficiency of an electric tractor motor, a load torque based control strategy (LTCS is designed in this paper by using a particle swarm optimization algorithm (PSO. By mathematically modeling electric-mechanical performance and theoretical energy waste of the electric motor, as well as the transmission characteristics of the drivetrain, the objective function, control relationship, and analytical platform are established. Torque and rotation speed of the motor’s output shaft are defined as manipulated variables. LTCS searches the working points corresponding to the best energy conversion efficiency via PSO to control the running status of the electric motor and uses logic and fuzzy rules to fit the search initialization for load torque fluctuation. After using different plowing forces to imitate all the common tillage forces, the simulation of traction experiment is conducted, which proves that LTCS can make the tractor use electrical power efficiently and maintain agricultural applicability on farmland conditions. It provides a novel method of fabricating a more efficient electric motor used in the traction of an off-road vehicle.

  14. Prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors on minority operated farms in the US.

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    Myers, John R

    2009-05-01

    Tractor overturns kill an average of 100 farmers and farm workers per year. Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) are a proven intervention, but are not on a sufficient number of tractors in the US to reduce these deaths. Little has been reported on ROPS use by racial minority farm operators. Data from the NIOSH OISPA survey were used to assess ROPS prevalence rates from a random sample of racial minority farm operators for the year 2003, and ROPS prevalence rates from a random sample of all US farms for the year 2004. ROPS prevalence rates on minority farming operations follow similar patterns to ROPS prevalence rates on all US farms. A low prevalence of ROPS on farms was associated with operators over the age of 65 years, farms with small acreages, and farms operated on a part-time basis. The race of the operator had little impact on ROPS prevalence rates. Factors such as acreage, farm operator age, region of the US, and full- or part-time farming status influence ROPS prevalence rates on farms more than the race of the operator. Understanding how ROPS prevalence differs across these farm and farm operator characteristics has the potential to efficiently target areas for ROPS promotion programs across the US. Copyright 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  15. Modeling Tractive Force Requirements of Wheel tractors For Disc Ploughing in Sandy Loam Soil

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    S O Nkakini

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Tractive force models at different tillage speeds were developed using dimensional analysis, describing the tractor tyre - soil interaction. In this research study, disc ploughing on an experimental plot at twenty different soil moisture levels in loamy sand soil was carried out using trace tractor techniques. The independent variables: drawbar pull force, rolling (motion resistance, wheel slip, moisture content, cone index, wheel numeric, contact pressure, speed, width of plough, depth of plough, and dependent variable (Tractive force were measured and compared to computed values. High coefficients of determination R2 = 0.9492, 0.9555 and 0.9447 for ploughing at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s and 2.5m/s were obtained respectively. Standard errors of 0.3672552, 0.8628 and 0.8047 and the percentage (% errors of -2.272608059 and 2.45655144,-2.304946155 and 2.523126085,-1.424947801 and 2.020155232 at minimum and maximum values, were obtained. These results are clear evidence of the test of goodness of fit of the models between predictive and measured parameters for ploughing at different tillage speeds. The models were verified and validated by comparing the predicted with the measured tractive forces, and shown to closely followed the experimental results.

  16. Evaluating tractor performance and exhaust gas emissions using biodiesel from cotton seed oil

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    Al-lwayzy, Saddam H.; Yusaf, Talal; Jensen, Troy

    2012-09-01

    Alternative fuels for diesel engines, such as biodiesel, have attracted much attention recently due to increasing fuel prices and the imperative to reduce emissions. The exhaust gas emissions from tractors and other agricultural machinery make a significant contribution to these emissions. The use of biodiesel in internal combustion engines (ICE) has been reported to give comparable performance to conventional diesel (CD), but with generally lower emissions. There is however, contradictory evidence of NO emissions being both higher and lower from the use of biodiesel. In this work, agriculture tractor engine performance and its emission using both CD and biodiesel from cotton seed oil (CSO-B20) mixed at a 20% blend ration has been evaluated and compared. The PTO test results showed comparable exhaust emissions between CD and CSO-B20. However, the use of CSO-B20 led to reductions in the thermal efficiency and exhaust temperature and an increase in the brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC), when compared to CD.

  17. Rearward Visibility Issues Related to Agricultural Tractors and Self-Propelled Machinery: Contributing Factors, Potential Solutions.

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    Ehlers, S G; Field, W E

    2016-01-01

    As the size, complexity, and speed of agricultural tractors and self-propelled machinery have increased, so have the visibility-related issues, placing significant importance on the visual skills, alertness, and reactive abilities of the operator. Rearward movement of large agricultural equipment has been identified in the literature as causing both fatalities and injuries to bystanders who were not visible to the operator and damage to both the machine and stationary objects. The addition of monitoring assistance, while not a new concept, has advanced significantly, offering agricultural machinery operators greater options for increasing their awareness of the area surrounding the machine. In this research, we attempt to (1) identify and describe the key contributors to agricultural machinery visibility issues, i.e., operator-related and machine-related factors, and (2) enumerate and evaluate the potential solutions being offered that address these factors. Enhanced operator safety and efficiency should result from a better understanding of the efforts to solve the visibility problems inherent in large tractors and self-propelled agricultural machinery.

  18. Chlorella protothecoides Microalgae as an Alternative Fuel for Tractor Diesel Engines

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    Saddam H. Al-lwayzy

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Biodiesel has attracted a great deal attention recently as an alternative fuel due to increasing fuel prices and the imperative to reduce emissions. Among a wide range of biodiesel resources, microalgae are a promising alternative fuel source because of the high biomass, lipid productivity and environmentally friendliness. Microalgae is also a non-edible food, therefore, there will be no impact on the human food supply chain. In this work, petroleum diesel (PD and biodiesel from the microalgae Chlorella protothecoides (MCP-B20 blend have been used to examine the performance and the emission of a 25.8 kW agriculture tractor engine. Two engine speeds at maximum power take off (PTO power and torque have been selected for analysis using analysis of variance (ANOVA. The results showed that there is no significant difference between the engine performance when microalgae biodiesel blend (MCP-B20 and PD were used. However, a significant reduction in CO, CO2 and NO emissions was found when MCP-B20 was used. These outcomes give strong indication that microalgae can be successfully used in tractors as alternative fuel.

  19. Tractor Effects on Soil Properties and the Consequences on Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz Yield in Ultisol

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Physical degradation of the soil could be said to mean the loss of soil’s structural quality. It is observed both on the surface where thin crust may be seen and also below th e surface in or below the ploughed horizon where compacted layers may be formed, particularly in conditions of excess moisture. The experiment assessed the influence of the weight of tractor passage on soil failure and compaction. The study of resistance to penetration is produced on three worked soils; unploughed, single ploughed and double ploughed at 0-30 and 30-60 cm depths. This study showed that the number of passage of the tractor affects resistance to penetration by 44 % compared to the initial state (passage 0 and the second pass makes accentuation of 11% relative to the first pass; which shows that the first pass performs compaction most important and most severe. Thus, after sometimes, it was noticed that there's a decrease compaction at 30-60cm depth which shows that the ground based of the ploughed soil experienced a decreasing compaction function..DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/ije.v4i1.12190International Journal of Environment Volume-4, Issue-1, Dec-Feb 2014/15, Page: 210-223    

  20. Design of User Interface for Tractor Cab Real-time Information Management System

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    Weiwei ZHOU; Yang LU; Chunxia JIANG; Zhixiong LU; Wenxin JIN

    2015-01-01

    In this paper,the user interface of tractor cab real-time information management system was designed. Based on the principle of "user friendly",it reasonably arranged spatial position of information management system according to spatial distribution of tractor cab. Then,it analyzed operation habits and thinking ways of drivers,and formulated design principle meeting demands of drivers. Besides,it used LabView software to design user interface,including interface layout and interface design. User interface includes basic information interface,job information interface,camera monitoring interface,and fault diagnosis interface. Finally,it made evaluation of the user interface from color,indicator lamp,dial,and pointer. Results indicate that the designed user interface layout conforms to cognition mentality and operation habits and easy to get familiar and grasp; graphical interface is vivid and easy to stimulate pleasure of drivers in operation; interface color matching is coordinated; the layout of controls is hierarchical and logic,and operating mode is consistent with Windows system.

  1. Acoustic control in a tractor cabin using two optimally designed Helmholtz resonators

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    Driesch, Patricia L.; Koopmann, Gary H.

    2003-10-01

    A virtual design methodology is developed to minimize the noise in enclosures with optimally designed, passive, 20 acoustic absorbers (Helmholtz resonators). A series expansion of eigenfunctions is used to represent the acoustic=20 absorbers as external volume velocities, eliminating the need for a solution of large matrix eigenvalue problems. A determination of this type (efficient model/reevaluation approach) significantly increases the design possibilities when optimization techniques are implemented. As a full-scale demonstration, the acoustic response from 90-190 Hz of a tractor cabin was investigated. The lowest cabin mode proposes a significant challenge to a noise control engineer since its anti-node is located near the head of the operator and often generates unacceptable sound-pressure levels. Exploiting the low-frequency capability of Helmholtz resonators, lumped parameter models of these resonators were coupled to the enclosure via an experimentally determined acoustic model of the tractor cabin. The virtual design methodology uses gradient optimization techniques as a post-processor for the modeling and analysis of the unmodified acoustic interior to determine optimal resonator characteristics. Using two optimally designed Helmholtz resonators, potential energy was experimentally reduced by 3.4 and 10.3 dB at 117 and 167 Hz, respectively.

  2. Tracking the prevalence of rollover protective structures on U.S. farm tractors: 1993, 2001, and 2004.

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    Loringer, Kelly A; Myers, John R

    2008-01-01

    Between 1992 and 2005, 1412 workers on farms died from tractor overturns. A Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) is a proven intervention to reduce overturn deaths. However, farm characteristics that are associated with the adoption of ROPS are not well understood. ROPS prevalence statistics were derived from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) surveys that tracked ROPS use on farms. Data were from the years 1993, 2001, and 2004. In 1993, 38% of tractors were equipped with ROPS. This increased to 51% by 2004. ROPS prevalence rates were higher on farms in the Southern region of the United States, on farms where the operator was 25-34 years old, and on farms with $100,000 or more of farm sales. Low ROPS prevalence rates were associated with farm operators 65 years old or older and with farms with less than $10,000 of farm product sales. The increase in ROPS prevalence between 1993 and 2004 has not been sufficient to decrease the rate of tractor overturn deaths on farms. Incentive programs targeting older farm operators and low-income farm operations are suggested to increase ROPS use on tractors. The study provides farm characteristics associated with low ROPS prevalence rates. The results can be used to target farms for future ROPS promotion activities.

  3. Medidas de Vibración de una Junta Cardánica Acoplada entre Tractor e Implemento

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    1990-01-01

    Un acelerómetro, como captador de vibraciones, fue colocado en dos posiciones estratégicas de la línea de potencia del toma de fuerza del tractor, con el fin registrar las vibraciones en las tres direcciones ocasionadas por el cambio...

  4. A powered roller/crimper for walk-behind tractors to terminate cover crops in conservation agriculture

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    Roller/crimper implements have been used in large conservation farming systems to terminate cover crops near maturity and flatten them down to create a mulch through which cash crops can be planted directly into the cover residue. On small farms, tractors are usually small and less powerful relative...

  5. Dynamics of the tractor (4x2, and the occurrence of parasitic power circulation in the drive (4x4

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    Petrović Predrag T.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available When moving tractors with four-wheel drive (4x4 adhesion is achieved by utilization of the entire weight of the vehicle in relation to the movement of vehicles with two-wheel drive (4x2, when the exploitation only part of the weight of the vehicle, which is transmitted through the two operating point. Pulling characteristics in both variants depend on the achievement of optimum. In case that there is a incompatibility of kinematic movement of one wheel, relative to the second drive axle, and in certain types of transmissions, so-called. blocked by divorce, there is the possibility of useless forces or parasitic power, which not only does not participate in the implementation of the tractor, but is opposed to his where aborts conditions of movement of the wheels and the contact surface. In this paper, we give a short overview of the dynamics of movement of the tractor on the rise, with the drive (4x2 and review the possibility of parasitic forces in the drive (4x4 and the effect that created such a power could result in the tractor.

  6. Analysis of Factors Affecting The Management of Overall Energy Efficiency of Tractor-Implement by Real-Time Performance Monitoring

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    N Kazemi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Overall energy efficiency (OEE is an important indicator of energy consumption in tillage operations. Tillage energy was studied objectivity to accurately measure the OEE of MF399-4WD tractor. The tractor was equipped with different types of sensors to measure and calibrate the required data including: fuel consumption, actual forward speed, wheel speed and slippage, engine speed, draft and drawbar power. The data were recorded with frequency of 1000 Hz and transmitted by employing a suitable wireless technology in the range of up to1.5 km to the user's personal computer and is stored in Excel format. The hardware and the software program, which was written in C# language, simultaneously monitor the changes in functional parameters and the monitoring can be done even from far away and via the Internet. The split factorial experiment with three factors including ballast, selected gear ratio and two wheel drive configurations (two and four wheel drive was employed to perform analysis of variance (ANOVA, POST ANOVA AND PATH ANALYSIS. The results show that the performance of remote monitoring devices installation was very accurate and high-quality. Furthermore, statistical analysis showed that three parameters including slippage, fuel consumption and tractor Power Equivalent (PEQ were the most effective parameters on overall energy efficiency of tractors – tillage. The variance analysis showed that the effect of gear ratio and drive configuration on the OEE were also significant at the one percent level. However, ballasting had no significant effect on the OEE.

  7. Parque de tractores agrícolas en México: estimación y proyección de la demanda

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    Jaime Cuauhtémoc Negrete

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tiene por objetivo analizar el parque de los tractores agrícolas en México, para presentar una visión del estado en que se encuentra este a los tomadores de decisiones, basado en datos nacionales e internacionales, pero para actualizar los datos sobre la trac- torización en el país, se confronta un serio problema de falta de estos, teniendo que recurrir a elaborar estimaciones a partir de información incompleta y poco confiable. Por lo que al revisar la literatura al respecto se usa el modelo de análisis del parque de tractores según Reina y Slater, los cuales estiman la demanda de potencia de los tractores existentes y se le descuenta la potencia aportada por los animales de trabajo y los humanos empleados en la agricultura, así mismo se determina las horas necesarias de trabajo del tractor de acuerdo a la superficie de los principales cultivos y se obtiene el total de tractores necesarios menos la existencia actual y se divide entre las horas de uso anual con lo cual se determina el déficit de tractores. Finalmente el autor propone una alternativa para su incremento de acuerdo a las condiciones locales y la posible solución a dicha problemática. Las conclusiones del estudio sobre el parque de tractores en México son; La demanda de horas tractor al año es de 780 562 191, 5. El parque estimado para el 2011 es de 223 526. El déficit de tractores es de 557 036.

  8. Attention Point for Garden Tractor Development in China%我国研制园艺拖拉机过程中要注意的问题

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    李继光

    2012-01-01

    园艺拖拉机的研制在我国还是一个空白,详述了在园艺拖拉机整机研制过程中,应特别注意的几个方面问题,同时也对园艺拖拉机的研制提出了建议。%The development of garden tractors in China is still empty. Some problems which should be noticed are discussed in detail during the process of developing garden tractors. At same time, the advice about developing garden tractors are given

  9. Factors associated with the prevalence of non-ROPS tractors on farms in the U.S.

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    Myers, J R

    2010-10-01

    Rollover protective structures (ROPS) are an effective engineering control known to prevent tractor overturn deaths, the leading cause of occupational fatalities for farmers and farm workers in the U.S. However, the use of ROPS is known to vary greatly from farm to farm. A national sample of 11,458 farm operators from the 2004 Occupational Injury Surveillance of Production Agriculture (OISPA) survey was used to assess the association between the prevalence of ROPS and ten farm operator and farm demographic variables using logistic regression. The variable were: operator's age, operator's sex, operator's education, farm sales, full- or part-time farming, acreage, type of operation, number of hired workers, number of injuries, and region. All ten variables were found to have significant associations with the prevalence of non-ROPS tractors on farms in the univariate logistic regressions. For the multivariate model, all variables except for the sex of the farm operator remained significant. Farms with less than three adult injuries, no hired workers, less than 300 acres in size, a Midwest location, and a primary farm type of tobacco, fruit and nuts, dairy, or poultry and eggs all had adjusted odds ratios of 2 or greater. Increasing the prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors is essential for reducing the leading cause of death on farms, tractor overturns. Economic factors play a major role in the prevalence and distribution of non-ROPS tractors on farms. The identified associations can be used to effectively target areas of the U.S. for ROPS promotion activities.

  10. La normalización y certificación de tractores agrícolas en México

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El tractor agrícola es la principal fuente de potencia dentro de una unidad de producción. Por lo tanto para los usuarios de maquinaria agrícola, resulta una prioridad contar con mecanismos que permitan dar seguridad al usuario final o productor agrícola en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, para esto el objetivo del presente es dar a conocer la evolución de la normalización y certificación de la maquinaria agrícola en México, sus impactos y tendencias, por medio de una descripción de conceptos y organismos internacionales que han sido referencia para México, así como la descripción de las actividades del CENEMA y OCIMA. Para esto se tomaron definiciones y datos estadísticos de cantidad de modelos de tractores certificados, cantidad de certificados otorgados sobre estructuras de protección por OCIMA, cantidad de motocultores e implementos certificados, dictaminaciones de tractores no favorables, de múltiples sectores. Como resultado de la certificación de la ma- quinaria agrícola se obtuvo hasta junio de 2013, existen 76 tractores certificados con una potencia a la “toma de fuerza” que varía de los 18,3 a los 130 hp. Por ultimo cabe destacar que la finalidad de OCIMA es respaldar al agricultor y avalar que se cumple con las normas mexicanas (NMX y las especificaciones necesarias para garantizar el buen desempeño de su equipo.

  11. Identifying and prioritizing customer requirements from tractor production by QFD method

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    H Taghizadeh

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Discovering and understanding customer needs and expectations are considered as important factors on customer satisfaction and play vital role to maintain the current activity among its competitors, proceeding and obtaining customer satisfaction which are critical factors to design a successful production; thus the successful organizations must meet their needs containing the quality of the products or services to customers. Quality Function Deployment (QFD is a technique for studying demands and needs of customers which is going to give more emphasis to the customer's interests in this way. The QFD method in general implemented various tools and methods for reaching qualitative goals; but the most important and the main tool of this method is the house of quality diagrams. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP is a famous and common MADM method based on pair wise comparisons used for determining the priority of understudied factors in various studies until now. With considering effectiveness of QFD method to explicating customer's demands and obtaining customer satisfaction, generally, the researchers followed this question's suite and scientific answer: how can QFD explicate real demands and requirements of customers from tractor final production and what is the prioritization of these demands and requirements in view of customers. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to identify and prioritize the customer requirements of Massey Ferguson (MF 285 tractor production in Iran tractor manufacturing company with t- student statistical test, AHP and QFD methods. Materials and Methods Research method was descriptive and statistical population included all of the tractor customers of Tractor Manufacturing Company in Iran from March 2011 to March 2015. The statistical sample size was 171 which are determined with Cochran index. Moreover, 20 experts' opinion has been considered for determining product's technical requirements. Literature

  12. Presentation of the Well Tractor Concept and practical experience in extreme conditions; Vorstellung des Well Tractor Konzepts mit Erfahrungen bei Einsaetzen unter Extrembedingungen

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    Kater, H.; Preiss, F. [Preussag Wireline- und Messservice, Edemissen (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    So-called extended reach boreholes with horizontal sections of more than 2000 m, short radius drilling, multilaterals and other variations are common enough. Problems occur when this type of borehole needs to be surveyed or modified. The contribution describes the newly developed ``Well Tracotor{sup circledR}`` technology and outlines its potential. (orig.) [Deutsch] Sogenannte Extended Reach Bohrungen mit Horizontalsektionen von mehr als 2.000 Meter Laenge, Short Radius Drilling, Multilaterals und andere Variationen sind bohrtechnisch einwandfrei durchfuehrbar und gehoeren zum gaengigen Repertoire der Bohrfirmen. Grosse Probleme entstehen jedoch wenn dieser Bohrungstyp vermessen, komplettiert oder aufgewaeltigt werden soll. Insbesondere Bohrlochmessfirmen haben es in den letzten ca. 20 Jahren versaeumt Innovationen zwecks oekonomischen Einsatzes ihrer Technologie in diesen Bohrungen bereitzustellen. Die Durchfuehrung von Perforationen und Bohrlochmessungen, das Setzen von Stopfen, Schneiden von Rohren und auch einfachste Slickline-Operationen sind bei einer Bohrlochneigung beginnend bei ca. 60 bis 80 nur unter Anwendung von kosten- und zeitintensiven Verfahren moeglich. Eine guenstige Alternative zu diesen Verfahren bietet der Well Tractor. Diese Technologie ermoeglicht das Einfahren von Geraeten, die ueblicherweise am Kabel oder Draht eingesetzt werden, in Horizontalbohrungen. Im Folgenden werden das technische Konzept, ein Vergleich mit alternativen Verfahren, und verschiedene Referenzen des Well Tracotors {sup trademark} dargestellt. Weiterhin wird auf die Modifikationen eingegangen, die noetig waren, um dieses Geraet den Gegebenheiten in tiefen, heissen Gasbohrungen anzupassen. Abschliessend soll durch einen Ausblick auf zum Teil schon im Feldtest befindliche Weiterentwicklungen das weitere Potential dieser Technologie aufgezeichnet werden. (orig.)

  13. Enhanced Gravity Tractor Derived from the Asteroid Redirect Mission for Deflecting Hypothetical Asteroid 2017 PDC

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    Mazanek, Daniel D.; Reeves, David M.; Abell, Paul A.; Shen, Haijun; Qu, Min

    2017-01-01

    The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) concept would robotically visit a hazardous-size near-Earth asteroid (NEA) with a rendezvous spacecraft, collect a multi-ton boulder and regolith samples from its surface, demonstrate an innovative planetary defense technique known as the Enhanced Gravity Tractor (EGT), and return the asteroidal material to a stable orbit around the Moon, allowing astronauts to explore the returned material in the mid-2020s. Launch of the robotic vehicle to rendezvous with the ARM reference target, NEA (341843) 2008 EV5, would occur in late 2021 [1,2]. The robotic segment of the ARM concept uses a 40 kW Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system with a specific impulse (Isp) of 2600 s, and would provide the first ever demonstration of the EGT technique on a hazardous-size asteroid and validate one method of collecting mass in-situ. The power, propellant, and thrust capability of the ARM robotic spacecraft can be scaled from a 40 kW system to 150 kW and 300 kW, which represent a likely future power level progression. The gravity tractor technique uses the gravitational attraction of a station-keeping spacecraft with the asteroid to provide a velocity change and gradually alter the trajectory of the asteroid. EGT utilizes a spacecraft with a high-efficiency propulsion system, such as Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), along with mass collected in-situ to augment the mass of the spacecraft, thereby increasing the gravitational force between the objects [3]. As long as the spacecraft has sufficient thrust and propellant capability, the EGT force is only limited by the amount of in-situ mass collected and can be increased several orders of magnitude compared to the traditional gravity tractor technique in which only the spacecraft mass is used to generate the gravitational attraction force. This increase in available force greatly reduces the required deflection time. The collected material can be a single boulder, multiple boulders, regolith, or a

  14. Health hazard assessment of tractor driver whole-body vibration utilizing the ISO 2631 standard

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    Iman Ahmadi

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    Full Text Available v\\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML;} o\\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML;} w\\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML;} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} In order to quantify tractor driver Whole-Body Vibration (WBV induced by some of the agricultural operations, the ISO 2631 standard was utilized. Detailed methodology of the calculation of the WBV evaluating indices using the time-domain acceleration data analysis was presented. According to the results of the study, typical weighted root mean square (WRMS value of the Z-axis vibration was more than the WRMS value of the X and Y axes vibrations. Furthermore all of the severity categories (SV obtained from driving the tractor on asphalt road, plowing and power tilling based on the equivalent daily stress index (Sed, were graded in the class of 3 or 4; which means that the health hazard associated with these operations is marginal. Finally among the examined machines; the locally built, tractor front mounted, hydraulic power aided loader caused vibrations that were slightly higher than the exposure limit value (ELV, with regard to the parameter of WRMS over an eight hour period (A(8.

  15. Modeling Tractive Force Requirements of Wheel Tractors for Disc Ridging in Loamy Sand Soil

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    Full Text Available The efficiency with which a soil can transmit energy from a traction device on a tractor to the drawbar has been called the tractive efficiency of soil. Experiments were conducted for disc ridging operations in a loamy sand soil, at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s and 2.5m/s, using trace tractor techniques. Tractive force models at different tillage speeds were developed using dimensional analysis, describing the tractors tyre - soil interaction. The measured independent variables such as drawbar pull force, rolling (motion resistance, wheel slip, moisture content, cone index, wheel numeric, contact pressure, speed, width of ridge and height of ridge were used in the developed models. Values of the measured dependent variable (Tractive force were compared with computed values. High coefficients of determination R2 = 0.996, 0.996 and 0.986, percentage (% errors of -0.122620038 and 0.11606597,-0.126307491 and 0.215127604 ,-0.603425382 and 0.372951166 at minimum and maximum values, for disc ridging at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s and 2.5m/s were obtained respectively. Analysis of variance between measured and predicted tractive force values indicated standard errors of 11.15346, 10.15346 and 8.24219, while correlation coefficients of R2 = 0.996, 0.768 and 0.9674 were obtained for disc ridging at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s, and 2.5m/s respectively . These results are clear evidence of the test of goodness of fit of the models between the measured and predicted tractive forces for disc ridging at the various tillage speeds. Disc ridging speed of 2.5m/s illustrated the lowest coefficient of determination R2 = 0.986. The developed models were validated by comparing the predicted with the measured tractive forces, and shown to closely followed the experimental results.

  16. Fuel efficiency of conventional design tractors diesel engines in relation to new design

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    Jevtić Jeremija

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    Full Text Available Total consumption of all types of energies is rather high nowadays with constant tendency of increasing. Transport section is one of the highest consumers of energy obtained from fossil fuels. It is absolutely clear that the reduction of energy consumption and the protection of environment - exhaust emission reduction, i. e. cleaner air, will be one of the main tasks of automotive industry in the first decades of the 21st century. In spite of its superiority over the petrol engine in respect of the fuel consumption, a diesel engine "suffers" from the increased exhaust emission, particles and NOx first of all and also from the noise and vibrations. The paper gives a review of fuel efficiency of conventional design tractors diesel engines in relation to new design. .

  17. A statistical description of the types and severities of accidents involving tractor semi-trailers

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    Clauss, D.B.; Wilson, R.K. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Blower, D.F.; Campbell, K.L. [Univ. of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Center for National Truck Statistics

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    This report provides a statistical description of the types and severities of tractor semi-trailer accidents involving at least one fatality. The data were developed for use in risk assessments of hazardous materials transportation. Several accident databases were reviewed to determine their suitability to the task. The TIFA (Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents) database created at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute was extensively utilized. Supplementary data on collision and fire severity, which was not available in the TIFA database, were obtained by reviewing police reports for selected TIFA accidents. The results are described in terms of frequencies of different accident types and cumulative distribution functions for the peak contact velocity, rollover skid distance, fire temperature, fire size, fire separation, and fire duration.

  18. Smoke opacity in agricultural tractor in function of interior and metropolitano diesel mixture in mamona biodiesel

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    Tabile, Rubens Andre [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EESC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia; Lopes, Afonso; Camara, Felipe Thomas da; Grotta, Danilo Cesar Checchio; Furlani, Carlos Eduardo Angeli [Universidade Estadual Paulista (DER/UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Rural

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    The great demand for energy sources by production systems allied to scarcity of fossil fuels has motivated the development and production of biodiesel, which is a fuel produced from renewable sources. Given that, the aim of this study was to compare smoke opacity of an agricultural tractor engine, working with metropolitano and interior diesel mixed to mamona biodiesel, in seven proportions. The tests were conducted in the Departamento de Engenharia Rural of UNESP/Jaboticabal - SP. The results showed that the diesel type did influence opacity of smoke, and metropolitano diesel showed best quality. It was also observed that, as biodiesel proportion increased, smoke opacity decreased until B75, turning to increase to B100. (author)

  19. Generating a stationary infinite range tractor force via a multimode optical fiber

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    Ebongue, Christiane A; Ostermann, Stefan; Ritsch, Helmut

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    Optical fibers confine and guide light almost unattenuated and thus convey light forces to polarizable nano-particles over very long distances. Radiation pressure forces arise from scattering of guided photons into free space while gradient forces are based on coherent scattering between different fiber modes or propagation directions. Interestingly, even scattering between co-propagating modes induces longitudinal forces as the transverse confinement of the light modes creates mode dependent longitudinal wave-vectors and photon momenta. We generalize a proven scattering matrix based approach to calculate single as well as inter-particle forces to include several forward and backward propagating modes. We show that an injection of the higher order mode only in a two mode fiber will induce a stationary tractor force against the injection direction, when the mode coupling to the lower order mode dominates against backscattering and free space losses. Generically this arises for non-absorbing particles at the ce...

  20. Maximum forces sustained during various methods of exiting commercial tractors, trailers and trucks.

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    Fathallah, F A; Cotnam, J P

    2000-02-01

    Many commercial vehicles have steps and grab-rails to assist the driver in safely entering/exiting the vehicle. However, many drivers do not use these aids. The purpose of this study was to compare impact forces experienced during various exit methods from commercial equipment. The study investigated impact forces of ten male subjects while exiting two tractors, a step-van, a box-trailer, and a cube-van. The results showed that exiting from cab-level or trailer-level resulted in impact forces as high as 12 times the subject's body weight; whereas, fully utilizing the steps and grab-rails resulted in impact forces less than two times body weight. An approach that emphasizes optimal design of entry/exit aids coupled with driver training and education is expected to minimize exit-related injuries.

  1. Gravity, Two Times, Tractors, Weyl Invariance and Six Dimensional Quantum Mechanics

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    Bonezzi, Roberto; Waldron, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    Fefferman and Graham showed some time ago that four dimensional conformal geometries could be analyzed in terms of six dimensional, ambient, Riemannian geometries admitting a closed homothety. Recently it was shown how conformal geometry provides a description of physics manifestly invariant under local choices of unit systems. Strikingly, Einstein's equations are then equivalent to the existence of a parallel scale tractor (a six component vector subject to a certain first order covariant constancy condition at every point in four dimensional spacetime). These results suggest a six dimensional description of four dimensional physics, a viewpoint promulgated by the two times physics program of Bars. The Fefferman--Graham construction relies on a triplet of operators corresponding, respectively to a curved six dimensional light cone, the dilation generator and the Laplacian. These form an sp(2) algebra which Bars employs as a first class algebra of constraints in a six-dimensional gauge theory. In this article...

  2. [The potentials for errors in the hygienic assessment of the general vibrations in tractors].

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    Ivanovich, E; Goranova, L; Enev, S

    1991-01-01

    The data for the parameters of the general vibrations in tractors are comparatively scanty and contradictory. In the present work are analyzed the most frequently met omissions and errors in the measurement and evaluation of the general vibrations, as well as the factors, which can effect the intensity of the general vibrations; constructive and technological peculiarities, technical state, rate of machine amortization, construction, damping qualities, and regulation of the seat, motion velocity, relief, type of the performed agricultural activity. The necessity for taking under consideration these factors in measuring the general vibrations and the hygiene interpretation of the data, as well as precise report on the daily, weekly and general exposure, in view of defining the total vibration loading, is underlined.

  3. Parallel tractor extension and ambient metrics of holonomy split G_2

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    Graham, C Robin

    2011-01-01

    The holonomy of the ambient metrics of Nurowski's conformal structures associated to generic real-analytic 2-plane fields on 5-manifolds is investigated. It is shown that the holonomy is always contained in the split real form G_2 of the exceptional Lie group, and is equal to G_2 for an open dense set of 2-plane fields given by explicit conditions. In particular, this gives an infinite-dimensional family of metrics of holonomy equal to split G_2. These results generalize work of Leistner-Nurowski. The inclusion of the holonomy in G_2 is established by proving an ambient extension theorem for parallel tractors for conformal structures in general signature and dimension, which is expected to be of independent interest. Parallel extension beyond the critical order in even dimensions is considered in certain cases.

  4. System-wide electrification and appropriate functions of tractor and implement

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    Sebastian Tetzlaff

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The advantages of electric drive technology in industrial applications have been known for a long time. In addition to the flexibility and variability for the system integration, the very good controllability and the overload capacity should be mentioned. To increase the effectiveness of agricultural machinery and equipment crucially, the different electrical/electronic systems, drives and functions have to be interconnected machine internally and also externally, based on a system-wide approach. Thereby single machinery, machinery combinations and finally complete harvest chains can be used in a smarter and more efficient way. Using the example of a tractor-swather combination the suitability of electric drives itself and of the hybrid and interface concept is proven. Newly developed functions for overload protection and prediction of the working process are presented and their integration into the machine overarching energy and operational management is described. The transferability of the results and solutions to cognate applications is ensured. Keywords

  5. The Effects of the Tractor and Semitrailer Routing Problem on Mitigation of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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    Full Text Available The incorporation of CO2 emissions minimization in the vehicle routing problem (VRP is of critical importance to enterprise practice. Focusing on the tractor and semitrailer routing problem with full truckloads between any two terminals of the network, this paper proposes a mathematical programming model with the objective of minimizing CO2 emissions per ton-kilometer. A simulated annealing (SA algorithm is given to solve practical-scale problems. To evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm, a lower bound is developed. Computational experiments on various problems generated randomly and a realistic instance are conducted. The results show that the proposed methods are effective and the algorithm can provide reasonable solutions within an acceptable computational time.

  6. Steering a Tractor by Means of an EMG-Based Human-Machine Interface

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; San-Jose-Gonzalez, Israel; Nicolas-Alonso, Luis Fernando; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio

    2011-01-01

    An electromiographic (EMG)-based human-machine interface (HMI) is a communication pathway between a human and a machine that operates by means of the acquisition and processing of EMG signals. This article explores the use of EMG-based HMIs in the steering of farm tractors. An EPOC, a low-cost human-computer interface (HCI) from the Emotiv Company, was employed. This device, by means of 14 saline sensors, measures and processes EMG and electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from the scalp of the driver. In our tests, the HMI took into account only the detection of four trained muscular events on the driver’s scalp: eyes looking to the right and jaw opened, eyes looking to the right and jaw closed, eyes looking to the left and jaw opened, and eyes looking to the left and jaw closed. The EMG-based HMI guidance was compared with manual guidance and with autonomous GPS guidance. A driver tested these three guidance systems along three different trajectories: a straight line, a step, and a circumference. The accuracy of the EMG-based HMI guidance was lower than the accuracy obtained by manual guidance, which was lower in turn than the accuracy obtained by the autonomous GPS guidance; the computed standard deviations of error to the desired trajectory in the straight line were 16 cm, 9 cm, and 4 cm, respectively. Since the standard deviation between the manual guidance and the EMG-based HMI guidance differed only 7 cm, and this difference is not relevant in agricultural steering, it can be concluded that it is possible to steer a tractor by an EMG-based HMI with almost the same accuracy as with manual steering. PMID:22164006

  7. Analytical evaluation of the protection offered by sealed tractor cabins during crop pulverization with fenitrothion.

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    Barcellos, Michelle; Faletti, Milena Michele; Madureira, Luiz Augusto Dos Santos; Bauer, Fernando Cesar

    2016-12-01

    The practice of large-scale agriculture requires the use of pesticides in order to maximize production. This activity has gained increasing attention in recent years, especially from rural workers, due to the risks associated with long-term exposure to pesticides. To minimize these risks, personal protection equipment (e.g., covers, gloves, and goggles) and collective protection equipment (e.g., agricultural tractors with sealed cabins) have been developed. In general, these approaches are intended to reduce the contact of farmers and agricultural machinery operators with the more toxic and stable compounds, an example of which is fenitrothion. In this study, fenitrothion was used as a marker to evaluate the protection afforded inside a sealed tractor cabin. To simulate the pesticide exposure, tests were performed using artificial cotton targets as passive adsorptive agents inside the cabin during the pesticide application. Samples were extracted according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) procedure using ultrasonic extraction and as proposed by the Brazilian Standard for Solid Waste Classification (NBR 10004). The extracts were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (HPLC-DAD). The chromatographic method was optimized using a factorial design. The combined results indicated that the best conditions were achieved using a mobile phase with a water/acetonitrile ratio of 35:65, a column temperature of 40 °C, and a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, with a total analysis time of precision was evaluated on different days and the relative standard deviations were between 0.17 and 3.41 %. In relation to the accuracy, recovery values of 95 to 104 % were obtained. The detection and quantification limits were 0.18 and 0.50 mg/kg, respectively. None of the target cottons showed concentrations of fenitrothion above the limit of detection of 0.18 mg/kg.

  8. Effects of fossil diesel and biodiesel blends on the performances and emissions of agricultural tractor engines

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    Tomić Milan D.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid growth in the energy consumption has conditioned the need for discovering the alternative energy resources which would be adapted to the existing engine constructions and which would satisfy the additional criteria related to the renewability, ecology and reliability of use. Introduction of biodiesel has been the focus of attention over the last ten years. The aim of this research is to investigate the influence of biodiesel on the performances and exhaust gas emissions of medium power agricultural tractor engines (37-66 kW. The reason for the selection of this category is that those types of tractors are most frequently used in agriculture. In this research biodiesel produced from sunflower oil was blended with fossil diesel. Biodiesel, fossil diesel and fossil diesel blends with 15, 25, 50 and 75%v/v biodiesel were tested for their influence on the engine performances and emissions. The testing was performed on a four-cylinder diesel engine with 48 kW rated power. The experimental research on the engine performances was conducted in compliance with OECD test CODE 2, and the exhaust gas emissions were tested according to the ISO 8178-4, C1. The use of biodiesel and fossil diesel blends reduced the engine power with the increase of biodiesel share in the blend. However, the exception was the blend with 15%v/v biodiesel which induced a slight increase in the engine power. Depending on the share of biodiesel in the blend all blends fuels showed increased specific fuel consumption compared to the fossil diesel. Thermal efficiency increased as a result of more complete combustion of biodiesel and fossil diesel blends. The exhaust gas emissions implied that the addition of biodiesel reduced the content of CO2 and CO, as well as the temperature of exhaust gases, but it increased the emission of NOx.

  9. Quantitative Estimate of the Relation Between Rolling Resistance on Fuel Consumption of Class 8 Tractor Trailers Using Both New and Retreaded Tires (SAE Paper 2014-01-2425)

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    Road tests of class 8 tractor trailers were conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency on new and retreaded tires of varying rolling resistance in order to provide estimates of the quantitative relationship between rolling resistance and fuel consumption.

  10. A Demonstration Project in New York and Virginia: Retrofitting Cost-Effective Roll-over Protective Structures (CROPS) on Tractors.

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    Hard, D L; McKenzie, E A; Cantis, D; May, J; Sorensen, J; Bayes, B; Madden, E; Wyckoff, S; Stone, B; Maass, J

    2015-07-01

    The NIOSH cost-effective roll-over protective structure (CROPS) demonstration project sought to determine whether three prototype roll-over protective structures (ROPS) designed to be retrofitted on Ford 8N, Ford 3000, Ford 4000, and Massey Ferguson 135 tractors could be installed in the field and whether they would be acceptable by the intended end users (farmers). There were a total of 50 CROPS. demonstrators (25 in New York and 25 in Virginia), with 45 observers attending the New York CROPS demonstrations and 36 observers attending the Virginia CROPS demonstrations, for a total of 70 participants in New York and 61 in Virginia. The oldest retrofitted tractors were 77 to 62 years old, while the newest retrofitted tractors were 40 to 37 years old. The most frequently retrofitted tractor in the CROPS demonstration project was a Ford 3000 series tractor (n = 19; 38%), followed by Ford 4000 (n = 11; 22%), Massey Ferguson 135 (n = 11; 22%), and Ford 8N (n = 9; 18%). A major issue of CROPS retrofitting was the rear wheel fenders. The effort involved in disassembling the fenders (removing the old bolts was often faster by cutting them with a torch), modifying the fender mounting brackets, and then reinstalling the fenders with the CROPS generally required the most time. In addition, various other semi-permanent equipment attachments, such as front-end loaders, required additional time and effort to fit with the CROPS. Demonstrators were asked to rank the reasons why they had not retrofitted their tractors with ROPS until they had enrolled in the CROPS demonstration program. ROPS "cost too much" was ranked as the primary reason for participants in both states (80% for New York and 88% for Virginia). The second highest ranked reasons were "ROPS wasn't available" for Virginia (80%) and "hassle to find ROPS" for New York (69%). The third highest ranked reasons were "not enough time to find ROPS" for New York (67%) and "hassle to find ROPS" for Virginia (79%). All

  11. An agricultural tractor test with different proportions of biodiesel; Ensaio de um trator agricola com diferentes proporcoes de biodiesel

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    Silva, Breno Alves; Castro, Douglas Lourenco de Souza; Volpato, Carlos Eduardo Silva; Barbosa, Jackson Antonio [Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), MG (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The globalization of the economy bring as consequence the entry of new equipment and machinery highly competitive in terms of cost. This is the same reality of the Brazilian agricultural sector which today has new options for machines and implements very interesting from the standpoint of cost of acquisition. However, such equipment, due to its recent inclusion in the market, yet do not have parameters that relate to reliability. This work aimed to demonstrated the dynamometer test of an agricultural tractor, recently introduced in the market, to obtain their torque curves and specific fuel consumption using the fuel B{sub 2}, B{sub 5}, B{sub 2}0 and B{sub 1}00. The results showed that the tractor had satisfactory performance for all motor fuels, presenting the best performance with the use of B{sub 5} fuel. (author)

  12. Calibration and Algorithm Development for Estimation of Nitrogen in Wheat Crop Using Tractor Mounted N-Sensor

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    Manjeet Singh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The experiment was planned to investigate the tractor mounted N-sensor (Make Yara International to predict nitrogen (N for wheat crop under different nitrogen levels. It was observed that, for tractor mounted N-sensor, spectrometers can scan about 32% of total area of crop under consideration. An algorithm was developed using a linear relationship between sensor sufficiency index (SIsensor and SISPAD to calculate the Napp as a function of SISPAD. There was a strong correlation among sensor attributes (sensor value, sensor biomass, and sensor NDVI and different N-levels. It was concluded that tillering stage is most prominent stage to predict crop yield as compared to the other stages by using sensor attributes. The algorithms developed for tillering and booting stages are useful for the prediction of N-application rates for wheat crop. N-application rates predicted by algorithm developed and sensor value were almost the same for plots with different levels of N applied.

  13. Design, development, and evaluation of an automatic guidance system for tractor tracking along the contour line on inclined surfaces

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    S Dehghani

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Automatic guidance of tractors in the mechanized farming practice has taken the attention of agricultural engineers in the last two decades. For this to be truly practical on the farm, it should be economical, simple to operate and entirely contained on the vehicle. Different types of steering systems such as leader- cable, laser- controlled, radio- operated and contactor- type have been developed for automatic guidance. The automatic leveling system is used on hillside machines to keep the separator level when operating on hillsides. This system has three parts: fluid level system, electrical system and hydraulic system. The fluid level system consists of fluid reservoir and a leveling control switch box. The fluid level system actuates the electrical system of the leveling unit. The electrical system which actuated by the fluid system consist of four micro switches in the leveling control switch box, two micro switches in the limit control box, a solenoid in the hydraulic control level, manual leveling control switch, and a leveling limit warning light. The hydraulic system maintains the level of the separator when the machine is operating on a hillside. The present study was aimed to develop a reliable, versatile and easy to maintain system to fit our economy and low technology level of farmers for hillside- range development or fallow farming. The automatic guidance system has been implemented successfully on agricultural vehicles on the basis of three components, i.e. sensors, processors and actuator elements. The study site (N, latitude; E, longitude; and 1810 m above sea level was located at the Agricultural Research Center, Shiraz University, 15 km northwest of Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran. MF-399 agricultural tractor manufactured by ITMCO, Tabriz, Iran was used for doing the experiments. Materials and Methods:The Level Sensing System: The biaxial tilt industrial sensor (ZCT245AL- China with digital output can be connected

  14. Modeling Tractive Force Requirements of Wheel Tractors for Disc Harrowing in Loamy Sand Soil

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    S O Nkakini

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research study, disc harrowing operations in a loamy sand soil, on an experimental plot of twenty different soil moisture levels at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s and 2.5m/s were conducted, using trace tractor techniques. The independent variables: drawbar pull force, rolling (motion resistance, wheel slip, moisture content, cone index, wheel numeric, contact pressure, speed, width of harrow, depth of harrow, and dependent variable (Tractive force were measured. Mathematical models using dimensional analysis, describing the tractor tyre-soil interaction were developed and validated. Regression analysis, was used to depict the relationships between independent variables and dependent variable. Analysis of variance using Randomized Complete Block Design in two way analysis was also used to study the effects and interactions of variables on tractive forces.Validation results of the developed tractive force models conducted, revealed that harrowing operations recorded the highest coefficient of determination, R2 = 0.995 at 2.5m/s tillage speed, while R2 =0.990 and 0. 9 were obtained at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s and 2,22m/s respectively. Analysis of variance between measured and predicted tractive forces showed correlation coefficients, R2 = 0.9308, 0.8999, 0.9958 and standard errors of 0.5844, 0.8628 and 0.78476 for harrowing at tillage speeds of 1.94m/s, 2.22m/s, and 2.5m/s respectively. The residuals analysis ranged from between – 138.95 and 48.7117, -98.6106 and 451.474, -33.3709 and 32.5384,and percentage (% errors from -0.83458466 and 0.27430385, -0.396874637 and 2.546385 and -0.191731686 and 0.189232 respectively. These indicate that there are no significant difference (P > 0.05 between the measured and predicted tractive forces, which are clear evidences of the test of goodness of fits of the models Tillage speed of 2.5m/s illustrated the highest correlation coefficient of 0.9958 in this tillage operation. The tractive force

  15. Heavy and Overweight Vehicle Brake Testing: Five-Axle Combination Tractor-Flatbed Final Report

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    Lascurain, Mary Beth [ORNL; Capps, Gary J [ORNL; Franzese, Oscar [ORNL

    2013-10-01

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, sponsored the Heavy and Overweight Vehicle Brake Testing (HOVBT) program in order to provide information about the effect of gross vehicle weight (GVW) on braking performance. Because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations limit the number of braking system defects that may exist for a vehicle to be allowed to operate on the roadways, the examination of the effect of brake defects on brake performance for increased loads is also relevant. The HOVBT program seeks to provide relevant information to policy makers responsible for establishing load limits, beginning with providing test data for a combination tractor/trailer. This testing was conducted on a five-axle combination vehicle with tractor brakes meeting the Reduced Stopping Distance requirement rulemaking. This report provides a summary of the testing activities, the results of various analyses of the data, and recommendations for future research. Following a complete brake rebuild, instrumentation, and brake burnish, stopping tests were performed from 20 and 40 mph with various brake application pressures (15 psi, 25 psi, 35 psi, 45 psi, 55 psi, and full system pressure). These tests were conducted for various brake conditions at the following GVWs: 60,000, 80,000, 91,000, 97,000, 106,000, and 116,000 lb. The 80,000-lb GVWs included both balanced and unbalanced loads. The condition of the braking system was also varied. To introduce these defects, brakes (none, forward drive axle, or rear trailer axle) were made inoperative. In addition to the stopping tests, performance-based brake tests were conducted for the various loading and brake conditions. Analysis of the stopping test data showed the stopping distance to increase with load (as expected) and also showed that more braking force was generated by the drive axle brakes than the trailer axle brakes. The constant-pressure stopping test data

  16. Effects of erosion from mounds of different termite genera on distinct functional grassland types in an African savannah

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    Gosling, Cleo M.; Cromsigt, Joris P. G. M.; Mpanza, Nokukhanya; Olff, Han

    2012-01-01

    A key aspect of savannah vegetation heterogeneity is mosaics formed by two functional grassland types, bunch grasslands, and grazing lawns. We investigated the role of termites, important ecosystem engineers, in creating high-nutrient patches in the form of grazing lawns. Some of the ways termites c

  17. Facing Stormwater Management Challenges at a Southeastern Army Installation: US Army Garrison Fort Gordon

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    Pesticides anct herbicides f rom lawns and gardens • Yard waste from landscaping and lawn care • Viruses . excessive nutrients and bacteria from pet...update in June of 2011 – 125 sites (78 regulated and 47 non-regulated) • borrow areas • landfills • motor pools • Remaining miscellaneous

  18. 75 FR 35653 - Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerances

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    ...: Turfgrass on golf courses, residential lawns, commercial grounds, parks, playgrounds, athletic fields... registered for use on turfgrass (on golf courses, residential lawns, commercial grounds, parks, playgrounds.../ day in males) based on hematology and other clinical chemistry findings at the LOAEL of 34...

  19. Europeanising education

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    Ydesen, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Review of "Europeanizing education – governing a new policy space" by Martin Lawn & Sotiria Grek (Symposium books, Oxford, 2012), 172 pp. (pbk), $48.00, ISBN 978-1-873927-61-8.......Review of "Europeanizing education – governing a new policy space" by Martin Lawn & Sotiria Grek (Symposium books, Oxford, 2012), 172 pp. (pbk), $48.00, ISBN 978-1-873927-61-8....

  20. On the Modeling of a MEMS Based Capacitive Accelerometer for Measurement of Tractor Seat Vibration

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    M. Alidoost

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Drivers of heavy vehicles often face with higher amplitudes of frequencies range between 1-80 Hz. Hence, this range of frequency results in temporary or even sometimes permanent damages to the health of drivers. Examples for these problems are damages to the vertebral column and early tiredness, which both reduce the driver’s performance significantly. One solution to this problem is to decrease the imposed vibration to the driver’s seat by developing an active seat system. These systems require an online measuring unit to sense vibrations transferred to the seat. The measuring unit can include a capacitive micro-accelerometer on the basis of MEMS which measure online vibrations on the seat. In this study, the mechanical behavior of a capacitive micro-accelerometer for the vibration range applied to a tractor seat has been simulated. The accelerometer is capable to measure step, impact and harmonic external excitations applied to the system. The results of the study indicate that, with increasing the applied voltage, the system sensitivity also increases, but the measuring range of vibrations decreases and vice versa. The modeled accelerometer, at damping ratio of 0.67 is capable to measure accelerations within the frequency range of lower than 130 Hz.

  1. Costos energéticos de un conjunto tractor-máquina de siembra directa

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    Héctor Rafael de las Cuevas Milán

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Como parte de las investigaciones que se llevan a cabo en el Centro de Mecanización Agropecuaria (CEMA de la Universidad Agraria de La Habana (UNAH, Cuba, en las máquinas para la labranza de conservación, se realizó la investigación del conjunto formado por el tractor MTZ-804 y la máquina sembradora de granos de origen ruso, SUP-PN84, modificada para la siembra directa, con el objetivo de determinar los costos energéticos del mismo. Se utilizó una metodología para establecer los costos energéticos de ejecución de la operación presentada. Se obtuvieron los costos energéticos horarios (MJ/h y por unidad de área trabajada (MJ/ha, contemplando la energía secuestrada en materiales de construcción, fabricación, transporte; combustibles; lubricantes; reparación/mantenimientos, mano de obra y producto utilizado (semillas, fertilizantes, etc.. Los resultados mostraron que los mayores costos horarios del conjunto, están representados por la energía secuestrada en combustible con un 47,62% del total, siendo los costos energéticos por unidad de área trabajada de 644,41 MJ/ha.

  2. Development of an integrated engine-hydro-mechanical transmission control algorithm for a tractor

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    Sunghyun Ahn

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This article presents an integrated engine-hydro-mechanical transmission control algorithm for a tractor considering the engine-hydro-mechanical transmission efficiency. First, the hydro-mechanical transmission efficiency was obtained by network analysis based on the hydrostatic unit efficiency constructed from the test. Using the hydro-mechanical transmission efficiency map and the thermal efficiency of the engine, an engine-hydro-mechanical transmission optimal operating line was obtained, which provides higher total system efficiency. Based on the optimal operating line, an integrated engine-hydro-mechanical transmission control algorithm was proposed, which provides higher total powertrain system efficiency. To evaluate the performance of the proposed control algorithm, an AMESim-MATLAB/Simulink-based co-simulator was developed. From the simulation results for the plow working, it was found that the integrated engine-hydro-mechanical transmission control provides improved fuel economy by 7.5% compared with the existing engine optimal operating line control. The performance of the integrated engine-hydro-mechanical transmission control was also validated using the test bench.

  3. Space Weather Influence on Relative Motion Control using the Touchless Electrostatic Tractor

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    Hogan, Erik A.; Schaub, Hanspeter

    2016-09-01

    With recent interest in the use of electrostatic forces for contactless tugging and attitude control of noncooperative objects for orbital servicing and active debris mitigation, the need for a method of remote charge control arises. In this paper, the use of a directed electron beam for remote charge control is considered in conjunction with the relative motion control. A tug vehicle emits an electron beam onto a deputy object, charging it negatively. At the same time, the tug is charged positively due to beam emission, resulting in an attractive electrostatic force. The relative position feedback control between the tug and the passive debris object is studied subject to the charging being created through an electron beam. Employing the nominal variations of the GEO space weather conditions across longitude slots, two electrostatic tugging strategies are considered. First, the electron beam current is adjusted throughout the orbit in order to maximize this resulting electrostatic force. This open-loop control strategy compensates for changes in the nominally expected local space weather environment in the GEO region to adjust for fluctuations in the local plasma return currents. Second, the performance impact of using a fixed electron beam current on the electrostatic tractor is studied if the same natural space weather variations are assumed. The fixed electron beam current shows a minor performance penalty (<5 %) while providing a much simpler implementation that does not require any knowledge of local space weather conditions.

  4. Dynamic-energetic balance of agricultural tractors: active systems for the measurement of the power requirements in static tests and under field conditions

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    Daniele Pochi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Modern tractors are characterized by the introduction of devices designed to increase the operative performances of the machines, such as systems for monitoring and controlling various functions (through a massive use of electronics and hydraulics, or deputed to improve the comfort of the driver (paying more attention to ergonomics, air-conditioning, noise and vibration. Such devices need energy to be operated, affecting the energetic balance of the tractor. In this context, the availability of suitable methodologies and instrumental systems could be useful to provide objective, accurate and reliable measurements of the performances of the tractors under different conditions, also considering the power requirements from ancillary services and/or simulating the coupling with operating machines. The tests on the performances of tractors are now made using different methods, including the trial codes issued by the OECD Codes. Beyond their undoubted validity, they fix standard test conditions that often do not adequately represent the operative reality, so that, much remains to investigate on the actual performances provided by the tractors. From this point of view and with reference to fixed point tests, a test bench was developed for the measurement of the power required by various devices, such as transmission and air conditioning. It was used in experimental tests on a tracked tractor and on a wheeled tractor, aimed at validating the test device, measuring the power absorption related to the rotational speed of the organs of propulsion and to the characteristics curves, in order to quantify the power drawn by the transmission and by the air conditioning and assess the residual power for other tractor functions. As to field conditions, a study is being conducted at CRA-ING, within the project PTO (Mi.P.A.A.F., to develop a mobile test bench aimed at evaluating the power required by different operations, such as self displacement, traction, use of

  5. Determinación de la fuerza de tracción y potencia a la barra de tiro del tractor New Holland 6610s

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    Pedro R. Mayans-Céspedes

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Las pruebas energéticas de los tractores están estandarizadas y se rigen por normas que permiten determinar los principales índices del tractor. En el presente trabajo se reflejan los resultados de la prueba de tracción y potencia a la barra de tiro del tractor New Holland 6610S4 para la tercera, cuarta, quinta y sexta posición en la caja de cambio de velocidades en una pista de asfalto, utilizándose la norma MNX -Tractor agrícola-Determinación de potencia y fuerza de tracción a la barra de tiro -Método de prueba- y la NC -Máquinas agropecuarias y forestales. Evaluación energética. Metodología para su realización-. Los resultados de las mediciones realizadas fueron procesados en los paquetes CurveExpert versión 1.3 y Microsoft Excel XP 2002 con los cuales se construyeron las características y dinamogramas de la fuerza de tracción del tractor. La potencia máxima registrada en la barra de tiro en pista de asfalto fue de 18,03; 22,02; 24,89 y 34,14 kW para la tercera, cuarta, quinta y sexta velocidad respectivamente.

  6. Design, Construction and Evaluation of an Interchangeable Digital System to Measure Slip and Ground Speed of Existing 2WD Tractors in Iran

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    M Khosravi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The majority of existing tractors in Iran are not equipped with any tools to measure and display slip and ground speed. This is mainly due to the lack of national standards for measuring tools and instruments of tractors. In current research, an interchangeable system for two wheel drive tractors has been designed. Furthermore, it has been assessed after construction. To measure actual and theoretical ground speed, four rotary encoders for sensing the rotation of front and rear wheels have been utilized. Slip and ground speed were measured by means of software which has been developed in an ATmega16PU microprocessor. The measured slip and speed are digitally displayed on tractor dashboard. To evaluate the performance of the system, the measured values of ground speed and slip were compared with their calculated values obtained from conventional method. The Micro-controller has been programmed in such a way that the effect of front wheel sliding on slip is eliminated. In all evaluation conditions (in field and on asphalt, the maximum difference between system measurements for slip and speed and calculated slip and speed via conventional method was 2.4% and 0.2 km h-1, respectively. With slight alteration this system can be fitted on any kind of exiting two wheel drive tractors in the country.

  7. Vibration levels on rear and front axles of a tractor in agricultural operations - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v36i1.18170

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    Geice Paula Villibor

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Excessive vibrations in agricultural tractors can contribute with mechanical failures and subject the operator to discomfort. This work evaluated the vibration levels on rear and front axles of an agricultural tractor working at different forward speeds and wheel drive conditions in plowing and harrowing operations. Field tests were carried out in a completely randomized design in a factorial arrangement 3 x 2 (forward travel speeds x front-wheel-assist enable or disable, with three replications. Tractor vibration was measured using two single axis accelerometers fixed above the rear and front axles. The actual forward speed of the tractor was obtained by means of ultrasonic radar and the angular velocity of the wheels was measured with magnetic transducers. The drawbar force to pull the disc harrow was obtained by a load cell. The results showed that the vibration levels observed for the plowing operation were higher than observed for the harrowing operation. When the front-wheel-assist (FWA was enabled there was a reduction in vertical vibration levels of the tractor axles. The highest vibration levels were observed in the frequency range of 2 to 4Hz for the both soil tillage operations evaluated

  8. Operational comparison of two types of tractor sprayers (microner and boom-type against wheat crop weeds

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    M Hamid

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Nowadays, the tractor mounted boom sprayer is used in many agricultural fields. These sprayers have many advantages compared to other sprayers, but in Iran, their field efficiency is much lower than that of the developed countries, because the tank volume and consumption of pesticides per hectare is often so highthat spraying per hectare takesa long time for handling the solutions and transporting the sprayers. Also spray droplet size is ordinarily high and its distribution is unknot uniform. So, often spraying and dropping top parts of plants on the earth is inevitable. According to studies carried out in the country during the years 2005-2008 in the agricultural research centers in several provinces such as Khuzestan, four types of sprayers including tractor mounted sprayer, atomizer, microner, and electrostatic atomizer were studied and some of the results obtained include the following. From the point of view of percentage of crash crop, tractor mounted sprayer has the highest percentage, but microner sprayer had the lowest. From the point of view of the solution of consumption amount and spraying cost per hectare, the operation of the tractor mounted sprayer and electrostatic sprayer had the highest and the lowest ranks, respectively. Atomizer sprayer had the highest effect on the percentage amount of weed control, but it requires a high amount of water consumption, high drift and low operation (Safari and Lovaimi, 2010. Materials and Methods: The experiment was carried out during 2012-2013 in the field of agricultural research located in the Mollasani city located 20 km near Ahvaz. In this study, tractor mounted spinning disk sprayer (mounted microner sprayer was evaluated in comparison with conventional boom sprayer on weeds control. The treatments included medium (3500 rpm and low (2000 rpm speed rotation disk sprayer and two types of nozzle in conventional boom sprayer. One of them was an Italian tee jet nozzle and the

  9. Path Analysis on Green Index and Physiological Index of Manila Lawn Leaves in Urban Green Space%城市绿地马尼拉草坪绿色指数与叶片生理指标的通径分析

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    史正军; 谢良生

    2009-01-01

    对马尼拉草坪叶片绿色指数及叶绿素、养分含量进行分析,了解草坪绿色指数对叶片生理指标的指示意义.结果表明,马尼拉草坪叶片叶绿素、全氮、全磷含量对草坪绿色指数均有显著制约作用,草坪绿色指数可作为草坪色彩管理的快速判定指标.

  10. Effects of applying sewage sludge on soil physico-chemical characters and content of heavy metal elements in Lolium perenne lawn%施用污泥对黑麦草草坪绿地土壤理化性质和重金属元素含量的影响

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    傅华; 王玉梅; 周志宇; 张洪荣; 左秀娟

    2003-01-01

    将兰州市七里河污水处理厂生活污泥施用于黑麦草草坪绿地,探讨其对土壤环境的影响.结果表明,施用0.5~8.0kg/m2污泥,改善了土壤理化性质,随着污泥施用量的增加土壤中全氮、速效氮、全磷、速效磷和有机质含量增加,土壤容重下降.施用4.0~8.0 kg/m2污泥增加了0~20 cm土层中Fe、Cu、Zn的含量,Ni、Pb、Cr、As和Hg与对照无显著差异,各重金属元素未向土壤下层迁移,没有对土壤造成污染.

  11. 阿根廷2006—2010年拖拉机生产与市场发展浅析%Analysis on Production and Market Development of Argentina Tractors from 2006 to 2010

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    吴清分

    2012-01-01

    The production and marketing of Argentina tractors are introduced. The market features and development tendency of Argentina tractors are analyzed.%介绍了阿根廷拖拉机生产和市场销售情况,分析了阿根廷拖拉机市场特点及发展趋势。

  12. 美国2006~2010年拖拉机市场销售走势浅析%Analysis on Trend of Tractor Sales in United States from 2006 to 2010

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    吴清分

    2011-01-01

    The sales of tractors in United States are introduced.Market features and development tendency of tractor marketing in United States are analyzed.%介绍了美国拖拉机的市场销售情况,分析了美国拖拉机市场特点及发展趋势。

  13. Analysis on Market Trend of French Agricultural Tractors from 2006 to 2010%法国2006-2010年农用拖拉机市场走势浅析

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    吴清分

    2012-01-01

    介绍了法国拖拉机的生产和市场销售情况,分析了法国拖拉机市场特点及发展趋势。%The production and sales of French tractors are introduced. The market features and development tendency of tractor marketing in French are analyzed.

  14. Evaluación comparativa de los tractores NH 6610 y JD 5715T en los aspectos técnicos, agrotécnicos y económicos

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    J. Guadalupe Gaytán Ruelas; Francisco Muñoz Gómez; Noel Chávez Aguilera; José Amador Capulín Quinto

    2005-01-01

    Se realizó la evaluación en campo de cuatro agregados (tractor + implemento): 1)Tractor NH 6610Multiarado NH M-170; 2)Tractor NH 6610Rastra de tiro NH 400-22; 3)Tractor JD 5715TMultiarado NH M-170; 4)Tractor JD 5715TRastra de Tiro NH 400-22. El trabajo se desarrolló en el Rancho San José, ubicado en el kilómetro 60 de la carretera Querétaro-San Luis Potosí, en el municipio de Doctor Mora, Guanajuato. La evaluación de estos cuatro agregados se llevó a cabo en una superficie de dos hec...

  15. Method of Measuring the Moment of Inertia of Tractors and the Error Analysis%拖拉机转动惯量测量及误差分析

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    聂信天; 史庆春; 顾浩; 朱思洪

    2012-01-01

    根据拖拉机的结构特点,构建了拖拉机转动惯量测量系统,建立了简化数学模型,设计了测量转动惯量的半框架。采用Pro/E软件精确获得测量用半框架的转动惯量,一次安装完成了拖拉机俯仰和侧倾转动惯量的测量,提高了测量精度。CF650型拖拉机转动惯量测量为例,对本文中所提出的测量方法进行了试验和误差分析,结果显示其转动惯量的相对误差小于3.10%,表明该方法的测量精度能满足工程要求。%Based on the structural characteristics of tractors, a system for measuring the moment of inertia of tractors was constructed. We also established a simplified mathematic model and designed a specialized half-framework for measuring the moment of inertia of tractor. Using the Pro/E software, the moment of inertia of the half-framework for measurement was obtained accurately. When the half-framework was fixed to the tractor, the moment of inertia of both pitch and roll can all be measured, and the measurement precision was improved. This method was validated in the measurement of moment of inertia for CF650 tractor made in Jiangsu Changfa Group, and the relative error of the moment of inertia was less than 3.10%. The results showed that this method had high precision and the system for measuring the moment of inertia of tractor established in this paper can meet the requirement of accuracy in engineering.

  16. A numerical study of scale effects on performance of a tractor type podded propeller

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    Choi Jung-Kyu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the scale effect on the performance of the podded propeller of tractor type is investigated. Turbulent flow computations are carried out for Reynolds numbers increasing progressively from model scale to full scale using the CFD analysis. The result of the flow calculation for model scale Reynolds numbers agrees well with that of the experiment of a large cavitation tunnel. The existing numerical analysis indicates that the performance of the podded propeller blades is mainly influenced by the advance coefficient and relatively little by the Reynolds number. However, the drag of pod housing with propeller in operation is different from that of pod housing without propeller due to the acceleration and swirl of propeller slipstream which is altered by propeller loading as well as the pressure recovery and friction according to Reynolds number, which suggests that the pod housing drag under the condition of propeller in operation is the key factor of the scale effect on the performance between model and full scale podded propellers. The so called ‘drag ratio’, which is the ratio of pod housing drag to total thrust of podded propeller, increases as the advance coefficient increases due to accelerated flow in the slipstream of the podded propeller. However, the increasing rate of the drag ratio reduces continuously as the Reynolds number increases from model to full scale progressively. The contribution of hydrodynamic forces, which acts on the parts composed of the pod housing with propeller operating in various loading conditions, to the thrust and the torque of the total propeller unit are presented for a range of Reynolds numbers from model to full scales.

  17. Vibration energy absorption in the whole-body system of a tractor operator

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    Jan Szczepaniak

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Many people are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV in their occupational lives, especially drivers of vehicles such as tractor and trucks. The main categories of effects from WBV are perception degraded comfort interference with activities-impaired health and occurrence of motion sickness. Absorbed power is defined as the power dissipated in a mechanical system as a result of an applied force. The vibration-induced injuries or disorders in a substructure of the human system are primarily associated with the vibration power absorption distributed in that substructure. The vibration power absorbed by the exposed body is a measure that combines both the vibration hazard and the biodynamic response of the body. The article presents measurement method for determining vibration power dissipated in the human whole body system called Vibration Energy Absorption (VEA. The vibration power is calculated from the real part of the force-velocity cross-spectrum. The absorbed power in the frequency domain can be obtained from the cross-spectrum of the force and velocity. In the context of the vibration energy transferred to a seated human body, the real component reflects the energy dissipated in the biological structure per unit of time, whereas the imaginary component reflects the energy stored/released by the system. The seated human is modeled as a series/parallel 4-DOF dynamic models. After introduction of the excitation, the response in particular segments of the model can be analyzed. As an example, the vibration power dissipated in an operator has been determined as a function of the agricultural combination operating speed 1.39 – 4.16 ms[sup] -1 [/sup].

  18. Transmissões presentes em tratores agrícolas no Brasil Transmissions present in agricultural tractors in Brazil

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    Rodrigo Lampert Ribas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available O sistema de transmissão de um trator agrícola tem por principal finalidade transmitir a potência gerada no motor ao sistema hidráulico, à tomada de potência e às rodas motrizes. A caixa de câmbio é formada por uma série de engrenagens que permitem a correta seleção da velocidade e do torque mais adequados a uma determinada operação. Assim, as transmissões podem ser classificadas, basicamente, em três categorias: mecânicas, hidrostáticas e hidrodinâmicas, sendo as transmissões mecânicas subdivididas em engrenagens deslizantes e sincronizadas. Este trabalho objetivou analisar os diferentes tipos de transmissões disponibilizados em 169 modelos de tratores fabricados no Brasil, com a finalidade de avaliar a real distribuição nas diferentes faixas de potência e estabelecer possíveis relações entre esses parâmetros. Como resultado, evidencia-se uma forte tendência de tratores agrícolas com potência menor que 111,8kW possuírem transmissão do tipo mecânica, e tratores acima de 111,8kW, do tipo hidrostática.The transmission system of an agricultural tractor has a main purpose to transmit the power generated in the hydraulic motor, the power take off and the drive wheels. The gearshift consists of a series of gears that allows the correct selection of speed and torque more appropriate to a particular operation. Then, the transmissions can be classified, basically, in three categories: mechanical, hydrostatic and hydrodynamic, being the mechanical transmissions subdivided in sliding gear and synchronized. Then, the objective of this research was to analyze the different types of transmissions available in 169 models of tractors made in Brazil in order to evaluate the real distribution of them in different power ranges and establish possible correlations. As a result, it was shown a strong tendency for agricultural tractors with power less than 111.8kW possessing mechanical transmission and tractors above 111.8k

  19. Aerodynamic drag reduction tests on a full-scale tractor-trailer combination with several add-on devices

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    Montoya, L.C.; Steers, L.L.

    1974-12-01

    Aerodynamic drag tests were performed on a conventional cab-over-engine tractor with a 45-foot trailer and five commercially available or potentially available add-on devices using the coast-down method. The tests ranged in velocity from approximately 30 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour and included some flow visualization. A smooth, level runway at Edwards Air Force Base was used for the tests, and deceleration measurements were taken with both accelerometers and stopwatches. An evaluation of the drag reduction results obtained with each of the five add-on devices is presented.

  20. Development and limits of the tractor industry in Argentina (1955-1978 Situation in the context of international competition

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    Damián Bil

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we focus on a particular subject: the history of the tractor industry in Argentina from its origins to the late '70s. The objective is to analyze the potential and limits. It is crucial to introduce the auxiliary industry problems, costs, characteristics of the work process, exports and the role of international competition.This work is part of our Ph.D. Thesis. We refer to several sources: interviews with former employees, statistical series, government publications and periodical publications about the subject, reports from international organizations, business sources, and contributions from others researchers

  1. Forest haulage of longwood and small-diameter whole trees using and agricultural tractor; Rangan ja pienkokopuun metsaekuljetus maataloustraktorilla

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    Ihonen, M.

    1998-12-31

    The Forestry Dept. of the TTS Institute conducted a work study on the forest haulage of delimbed and non-delimbed small-diameter wood intended for energy generation. The study was a part of the TTS Institute`s research project titled `The energy-wood harvesting techniques used by forest owners` (1996-1998). The project is a part of the national Bioenergy Research Programme. When hauling fuel longwood, the agricultural tractor used was a Massey-Ferguson 575 equipped with a KO-PA 3000 hydraulic crane with maximum reach of 6 m. The crane was mounted on the shaft of the trailer. The bogie trailer was a home-made one. The length of the wood hauled was 4.0-4.5 m and the load size 3.9 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 7.8 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. On the side where small-diameter whole trees were harvested, the agricultural tractor used was a Valmet 6600. The hydraulic crane was a Kronos 4000 with a maximum reach of 6.5 m. The crane was mounted on the tractor`s 3-point linkage. The bogie trailer used was a home made one. The length of the wood hauled was 5.0-6.0 m and the load size was 3.3 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 4.4 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. The productivity of forest haulage of fuel longwood was 6.1-7.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour with the haulage distance varying between 100 and 400 m. The productivity of forest haulage of small-diameter whole trees over the same haulage distance was 4.1-5.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour. Forest transport of fuel longwood cost 19-23 FIM/M{sup 3}, and that of small-diameter whole trees 27-35 FIM/m{sup 3}, while the cost per operating hours of the machine combination was 125 FIM. The examined machine combinations were well suited for forest haulage. Productivity can be improved e.g. by extending the size of the load space. The cheapest way to achieving this is by extending the length of the bolsters by the means of steel pipes. This is advantageous especially when hauling non-delimbed wood 5

  2. Forest haulage of longwood and small-diameter whole trees using an agricultural tractor; Rangan ja pienkokopuun metsaekuljetus maataloustraktorilla

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    Ihonen, M.

    1998-12-31

    The TTS Institute`s Forestry Department conducted a work study on the forest haulage of delimbed and non-delimbed small-diameter wood intended for energy generation. The study was a part of the TTS Institute`s research project titled `The Energy-wood Harvesting Techniques Used by Forest Owners` (1996-98). The research project belongs to the Bioenergy Research Programme. When hauling fuelwood longwood, the agricultural tractor used was a Massey-Ferguson 575 equipped with a KO-PA 3000 hydraulic crane with a maximum reach of 6 m. The crane was mounted on the shaft of the trailer. The bogie trailer was a home-made one. The length of the wood hauled was 4-4.5 m and the load size was 3.9 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 7.8 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. On the site where small-diameter whole trees were harvested, the agricultural tractor used was a Valmet 6600. The hydraulic crane was a Kronos 4000 with a maximum reach of 6.5 m. The crane was mounted on the tractor`s 3-point linkage. The bogie trailer used was a home-made one. The length of the wood hauled was 5-6 m and the load size was 3.3 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 4.4 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. The productivity of forest haulage of fuelwood longwood was 6.1-7.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour with the haulage distance varying between 100 and 400 m. The productivity of forest haulage of small-diameter whole trees over the same haulage distance was 4.1-5.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour. Forest transport of fuelwood longwood cost FIM 19-23 per m{sup 3} and that of small-diameter whole trees FIM 27-35 per m{sup 3}, while the cost per operating hour of the machine combination was FIM 125. The examined machine combinations were well suited for forest haulage. Productivity can be improved by extending the size of the load space, for instance. The cheapest way of achieving this is by extending the length of the bolsters by means of steel pipes. This is advantageous especially when hauling

  3. First investigation on the applicability of an active noise control system on a tracked tractor without cab

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    Daniele Pochi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In last years, several research teams pointed their attention on the application of active noise control systems (ANC inside the cabs of agricultural tractor, with the purpose of reducing the driver exposition to noise, that is only partially controlled by the frame of the cab. This paper reports the results of a first experience that aimed at verifying the applicability of an ANC on a medium-high power, tracked tractor without cab. The tested tractor was a Fiat Allis 150 A, equipped with rear power take off, used in the execution of deep primary tillage in compact soils. It is a tracked tractor without cab, with maximum power of 108.8 kW at 1840 min–1 of the engine. The ANC consists of a control unit box based on a digital signal processor (DPS, two microphones, two speakers and a power amplifier. The instrumentation used in noise data collecting and processing consisted of a multichannel signal analyzer (Sinus - Soundbook, a ½” microphone capsule and an acoustic calibrator, both Bruel & Kjaer. The study aimed at evaluating the behaviour of the ANC by means of tests carried out under repeatable conditions, characterized by pre-defined engine speed values. Three replications have been made for each engine speed. The sampling time was 30 s. Two series of tests were performed in order to compare the results observed with the ANC on and off. The engine speed adopted in the study ranged from 600 min– 1, up to 2000 min–1 (maximum speed with steps of 100 min–1. The ANC proved to be effective in the interval of speed between 1400 and 1700 min–1, where the samplings have been intensified, adopting steps of 50 min–1. In such an interval, the attenuation observed with the ANC system on appeared evident both as weighed A sound pressure level (from 1.29 up to 2.46 dB(A and linear (from 4.54 up to 8.53 dB. The best performance has been observed at the engine speed of 1550 min–1, with attenuations, respectively of 2.46 dB(A and 7.67 d

  4. Tecnología y trabajo en una fábrica de tractores : de Zanello a Pauny

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    Roitman, Susana Ethel

    2008-01-01

    Roitman, S. (2015). Tecnología y Trabajo en una fábrica de tractores. De Zanello a Pauny (Tesis de Maestría). Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Bernal, Argentina. Esta investigación tiene como tema de estudio una Industria metalmecánica de la localidad de Las Varillas en el Sureste cordobés, recuperada por los trabajadores a partir del 2002, denominada anteriormente Zanello y actualmente Pauny S.A. El problema de la investigación es indagar en la incidencia del proceso de recuperación de ...

  5. Vibration characteristics of tractor in condition of paddy operation%水田作业工况的拖拉机振动特性

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    朱思洪; 马佳富; 袁加奇; 徐刚; 周永清; 邓晓亭

    2016-01-01

    When a tractor works in a paddy field, road roughness is the main factor affecting its running, however, there has been no research on road roughness of paddy field. For the study of vibration characteristics of tractor in the condition of paddy field operation, the experiment was conducted in June 2014. Nanking Jiangpu Farm Agronomy Experiment Center which has clayey paddy soil was chosen as the experiment site, and tire rolling was adopted as the experiment method. By a self-designed measuring device, the vertical section function of hard bottom of paddy field was measured and obtained. Then the obtained data was conducted with auto-correlation test, and the power spectral density (PSD) of paddy field was analyzed with hard bottom of vertical displacement. The CF700 tractor was the research object. In addition to the stiffness and damping of the tire, soft and wet paddy soil was another factor affecting the vibration characteristics of the tractor. Based on the tire-soil system, in accordance with the main parameters of the tractor, the three degree of freedom vibration differential equation and simulation model were established under the condition of paddy field operation. The time function of hard bottom profile was set as an inputted incentive. The vibration characteristics of tractor were studied by simulation. In order to verify the reliability of the simulation model, the experiment which CF700 tractor working under the condition of paddy field operation was carried out, and vertical vibration acceleration of front axle, seat surface and rear axle of tractor were measured respectively at the speed of 6km/h. Then time-domain signal of acceleration was translated to frequency-domain signal, and a comparative analysis was conducted between the results of simulation and experiment. The results showed that there existed statistical correlation among paddy hard bottom elevations, and the change of elevation was steady and random; the roughness coefficient Gx(0

  6. Technology of repair and maintenance of agricultural tractors%农用拖拉机维修保养技术探讨

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    王志长

    2014-01-01

    文章首先介绍了农用拖拉机维修保养中的常见操作错误,然后具体阐述了农用拖拉机的维修保养技术,以期为相关研究与操作人员提供参考。%This paper describes the maintenance and repair of agricultural tractors common operating errors, and then specifically addressed the technical maintenance of agricultural tractors in order to provide a reference for related research and operations staff.

  7. Prevalence of roll-over protective structure (ROPS)-equipped tractors on Hispanic-operated farms in the United States.

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    Myers, John R

    2010-04-01

    Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) are known to prevent tractor overturn deaths, but not enough tractors are equipped with them in the United States to reduce the rate of these deaths to levels seen in several European countries. Recent literature has defined the use of ROPS on US farms in general, but little is known about ROPS use on Hispanic farm operations. Data from a national survey for the calendar year 2003 were used to assess the prevalence of ROPS use on Hispanic-operated farms. Farm characteristics previously identified to be associated with low ROPS prevalence rates on other farming operations were examined for these Hispanic farming operations. The overall ROPS prevalence rate on Hispanic farms was 52.2%. Adjusted odds ratios of potential risk factors found that the region where the farm was located and the acreage of the farm appeared to be the most significant indicators of the prevalence of ROPS on Hispanic farms. In addition, the age of the farm operator, the farm status as a full- or part-time operation, and the type of farm operation were also important factors. These findings were similar to those seen for racial minority farms and the general farming population. These results can be used to target ROPS promotion programs for Hispanic farmers across the United States.

  8. Effect of the load of drive axles and high of the curtain on stress-strain properties of the tractor

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    Tomáš Šmerda

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The goal of the experimental measurement was determination of relation among weight load of the tractor together, hitch height changes and drawbar characteristic. The measurement was realized on chassis dynamometer at MUAF in Brno. The first step consisted of rated speed characteristics measurement in conformity with OECD demands. The drawbar characteristic was measured under two selected gears. Adding 980 kg to the nominal wight of the tractor brought increasing maximal drawbar power and drawbar force together with decreasing of slip. The highest differences were observed during the mesurement of fifth gear shifted. The drawbar force grew up to 18.9% as well as the maximal drawbar power (15.2%. The maximal drawbar power at ninth gear gave 62.8 kW. The hitch height was setting to 0.54 m; 0.64 m and 0.74 m. When the hitch height was set from 0.54 m to 0.74 m the drawbar force an power on front axle was lower by reason of load reduction. As can be noticed from the final drawbar characteristics, both curves are identical up to border of maximal drawbar power. Small differences in the area of the highest slips can be ascribed to the rolling resistance.

  9. Performance of an agricultural tractor in no tillage as a function of displacement speed and the seeders' tire inflation pressure

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    Furlani, Carlos Eduardo Angeli; Cortez, Jorge Wilson; Silva, Rouverson Pereira da; Grotta, Danilo Cesar Checchio; Toledo, Anderson de [Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP (Brazil)], E-mail: furlani@fcav.unesp.br

    2008-07-01

    The performance of an agricultural tractor under field conditions results from the tire wheel interaction together with its displacement speed. This work was developed to assess the performance of an agricultural tractor under the (75, 70, and 60 psi) tire inflation pressure conditions of a seeder and in two different gears providing speeds of 3.0 and 6.0 km h{sup -1}. The experiment took place at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), at the Jaboticabal Campus, and was conducted by Laboratory of Machines and Agricultural Mechanization (LAMMA) at the Department of Rural Engineering. The delineation used was entirely randomized in a 2-factor factorial scheme (3 x 2) with 4 repetitions. We also observed that fuel consumption was influenced only by the tractor gear. Energy consumption was greater as speed increased, caused by gear shifting. The displacement speed was greater for the 75-psi pressure due to a lesser slippage in the seeder when under this pressure. Tractor slippage and initial stand did not change with the tested factors. (author)

  10. Tractor Mechanics. Maintaining and Servicing the Cooling System, Learning Activity Packages 34-40; Maintaining and Servicing Hydraulic Systems, Learning Activity Packages 41-48.

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    Clemson Univ., SC. Vocational Education Media Center.

    This series of learning activity packages focuses on two areas of tractor mechanics: (1) maintaining and servicing the cooling system and (2) maintaining and servicing hydraulic systems. Each of the fifteen illustrated learning activity packages follows a typical format: introduction, directions, objectives, learning activities, tools and…

  11. Tractor-Maintenance: Operation & Daily Care [and] Servicing Air Cleaner & Lubrication. Student Materials. V. A. III. [V-C-1 through V-C-4].

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    Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Vocational Instructional Services.

    Designed for use by students in vocational agricultural classes, this manual deals with tractor maintenance. Operation and daily care are the topics of the first section. Safety is also covered. In the final part of the manual, servicing the air cleaner and lubricating the engine are discussed. Both sections conclude with a quiz. (PLB)

  12. Dairy barns and roll-over protection on farm tractors: work environment impacts on the adoption of roll-over protective structures.

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    Kelsey, T W; Dennis, J W; Jenkins, P L

    1994-04-01

    A mailed survey of one group of dairy farmers supports the informal perception that roll-over protective structure (ROPS)-equipped tractors are considered unusable for in-barn tasks. This attitude must be addressed in order to achieve greater use of safety equipment.

  13. PROVIDES AN ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPED BREATHER GEAR ON RESOURCE TRACTOR TRANSMISSION, METHODS OF DETERMINATION OF WEAR AND TEAR

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    Spitsin I. A.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an assessment of the impact of the developed breather gear the resource tractor transmission and analyzes methods for the determination of wear and tear by spectral analysis of the oil, and the essence of the method of measuring the intensity of X-ray fluorescence emission of iron accumulated in the oil

  14. IMPROVEMENT OF WEAR-RESISTANCE AND SERVICE LIFE OF MULTI-DISK BRAKE MECHANISMS OF «BELARUS» TRACTOR BY LASER THERMAL HARDENING OF FAST WEARING PARTS

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    O. S. Kobjakov

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Problems concerning wear resistance improvement of «Belarus» tractor brake mechanism parts are considered in the paper. Properties of ВЧ-50-pig iron are investigated as a result of laser thermal hardening by various technological methods.

  15. New T6000 Range Command Series Tractors of New Holland Company%New Holland公司T6000 Range Command系列新拖拉机

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    吴清分

    2012-01-01

    The paper introduced structure characteristics and technical parameters of major parts of new T6000 Range Command series tractors manufactured by New Holland Company.%介绍了New Holland公司的T6000系列新拖拉机的各主要部件的结构特点及技术参数。

  16. Emission and operating performance of a biomethane tractor with dual fuel engine; Emissions- und Betriebsverhalten eines Biomethan-Traktors mit Zuendstrahlmotor

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    Mautner, Sebastian [Technologie- und Foerderzentrum (TFZ), Straubing (Germany); Emberger, Peter; Thuneke, Klaus; Remmele, Edgar

    2016-08-01

    The use of biomethane as fuel for agricultural machinery with dual fuel technology is contributing to climate protection and ensures safe fuel supply. So far, hardly any documented operational experiences are known. The aim of the project, funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, was to investigate practicability for daily use and the emission behaviour of a Valtra N101 prototype tractor (exhaust stage IIIA). The retrofitted dual-fuel technology of the former conventional diesel tractor simultaneously uses biomethane or natural gas and diesel as ignition fuel. During the field test over 590 working hours, the tractor showed overall high reliability. On average the operating range in dual-fuel mode with one complete filling of the gas tanks was about 11.5 hours. On the tractor test bench a significant improvement of the exhaust emissions could be observed, since the gas ECU had been optimized and changed by the manufacturer. For dual-fuel operation, nitrogen oxides (NO{sub x}) are lower, whereas carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matter emissions (PM) are higher compared to solely diesel operation. In particular, HC emissions exceed the proposed limiting value, submitted by the European Commission. This is due to incomplete gas combustion and insufficient conversion by the exhaust after-treatment-system (methane slip). A big potential for optimization is expected by adjusting the operating point-specific gasdiesel ratio and improving the exhaust gas aftertreatment system.

  17. Navigation of an Autonomous Tractor for a Row-Type Tree Plantation Using a Laser Range Finder—Development of a Point-to-Go Algorithm

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    Pawin Thanpattranon

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available It is challenging to develop a control algorithm that uses only one sensor to guide an autonomous vehicle. The objective of this research was to develop a control algorithm with a single sensor for an autonomous agricultural vehicle that could identify landmarks in the row-type plantation environment and navigate a vehicle to a point-to-go target location through the plantation. To enable such a navigation system for the plantation system, a laser range finder (LRF was used as a single sensor to detect objects and navigate a full-size autonomous agricultural tractor. The LRF was used to control the tractor as it followed a path, and landmarks were detected “on-the-go” in real time. The landmarks were selected based on data for their distances calculated by comparison with the surrounding objects. Once the landmarks were selected, a target point was calculated from the landmarks, and the tractor was navigated toward the target. Navigation experiments were successfully conducted on the selected paths without colliding with the surrounding objects. A real time kinematic global positioning system (RTK GPS was used to compare the positioning between the autonomous control and manual control. The results of this study showed that this control system could navigate the autonomous tractor to follow the paths, and the vehicle position differed from the manually driven paths by 0.264, 0.370 and 0.542 m for the wide, tight, and U-turn paths, respectively, with directional accuracies of 3.139°, 4.394°, and 5.217°, respectively, which are satisfactory for the autonomous operation of tractors on rubber or palm plantations. Therefore, this laser-based landmark detection and navigation system can be adapted to an autonomous navigation system to reduce the vehicle`s sensor cost and improve the accuracy of the positioning.

  18. Eficiência energética de tratores agrícolas fabricados no Brasil Energy efficiency of Brazilian agricultural tractors

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    Gastão M. da Silveira

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Atualmente, cresce o interesse global na economia de combustível fóssil e na redução das emissões de gases, por motivos econômicos e ecológicos. Neste trabalho se aplicou um método para classificação de tratores agrícolas, com base na sua eficiência energética, usando-se o consumo específico (em L kWh-1 como termo de comparação. O fator energético mais importante para essa máquina é o seu motor, seguido da transmissão. O trabalho se baseia no resultado dos ensaios de tratores realizados segundo normas brasileiras, tendo como modelo o código OECD, além de ser uma classificação de modelos de tratores fabricados no País. Os tratores movidos a álcool apresentaram consumo elevado de combustível. A metodologia permite a idéia de como os tratores se comportam, no que diz respeito à eficiência energética.Nowadays there is a growing global interest in saving fossil fuel and reducing gas emissions for economical and ecological reasons. This research applied a method of classification of agricultural tractors depending on their energy efficiency, using the specific fuel consumption (in L kWh-1 as a comparison. The most important energy factor in these machines is the engine, followed by the transmission. This research is based on results of the OECD tractor test and classifies tractor models, which have been principally sold in Brazil. The tractors fueled by ethanol presented a high level of fuel consumption. The methodology allows us to understand how tractors perform in terms of energy efficiency.

  19. Maintenance and repair of tractors gearbox Analysis%拖拉机变速箱的保养与维修探析

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    黄继安

    2013-01-01

    Tractor is essential for the production and life of farmers agricultural machinery, tractors though simple structure, easy maintenance, but due to the complexity tractor work environment, if the user ignores the role of the gear-box, often shifting operational problems, Thereby accelerating the mechanical wear, can easily cause unnecessary trouble and loss. Therefore, we should pay attention in daily use after gearbox problems after maintenance and repairs in a timely manner in order to prolong the life of the tractor. Article on how to maintain and repair the gearbox tractor-depth Analy-sis.%拖拉机是农民生产生活中必不可少的农用机具,虽然拖拉机结构简单,维修方便,但是由于拖拉机的工作环境复杂,如果使用者忽略了变速箱的作用,经常在变速时出现操作问题,从而加速了机械的磨损,极易造成不必要的故障和损失。所以,要注重在日常使用后对变速箱的保养以及出现问题后及时进行维修,才能延长拖拉机的使用寿命。文章就如何对拖拉机变速箱的保养和维修进行深入的探析。

  20. Forest haulage of longwood and small-diameter whole trees using an agricultural tractor; Rangan ja pienkokopuun metsaekuljetus maataloustraktorilla

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    1998-07-01

    The TTS Institute's Forestry Department conducted a work study on the forest haulage of delimbed and non-delimbed small-diameter wood intended for energy generation. The study was a part of the TTS Institute's research project titled 'The Energy-wood Harvesting Techniques Used by Forest Owners' (1996-98). The research project belongs to the Bioenergy Research Programme. When hauling fuelwood longwood, the agricultural tractor used was a Massey-Ferguson 575 equipped with a KO-PA 3000 hydraulic crane with a maximum reach of 6 m. The crane was mounted on the shaft of the trailer. The bogie trailer was a home-made one. The length of the wood hauled was 4-4.5 m and the load size was 3.9 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 7.8 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. On the site where small-diameter whole trees were harvested, the agricultural tractor used was a Valmet 6600. The hydraulic crane was a Kronos 4000 with a maximum reach of 6.5 m. The crane was mounted on the tractor's 3-point linkage. The bogie trailer used was a home-made one. The length of the wood hauled was 5-6 m and the load size was 3.3 m{sup 3}. The volume of wood accumulated was 4.4 m{sup 3} per 100 m of strip road. The productivity of forest haulage of fuelwood longwood was 6.1-7.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour with the haulage distance varying between 100 and 400 m. The productivity of forest haulage of small-diameter whole trees over the same haulage distance was 4.1-5.4 m{sup 3} per effective hour. Forest transport of fuelwood longwood cost FIM 19-23 per m{sup 3} and that of small-diameter whole trees FIM 27-35 per m{sup 3}, while the cost per operating hour of the machine combination was FIM 125. The examined machine combinations were well suited for forest haulage. Productivity can be improved by extending the size of the load space, for instance. The cheapest way of achieving this is by extending the length of the bolsters by means of steel pipes. This is advantageous

  1. An approach for modeling the influence of wheel tractor loads and vibration frequencies on soil compaction

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    Verotti, M.; Servadio, P.; Belfiore, N. P.; Bergonzoli, S.

    2012-04-01

    Both soil compaction and ground vibration are forms of environmental degradation that may be understood in the context of the vehicle-soil interaction process considered (Hildebrand et al., 2008). The transit of tractors on agricultural soil is often the main cause of soil compaction increasing. As known, this can be a serious problems for tillage and sowing and therefore the influence of all the affecting factors have been extensively studied in the last decades in order to understand their impact on the biosystem. There are factors related to the climate, namely to the rainfalls and temperature, and many others. Hence, it is not simple to figure out a complete model for predicting an index of compaction, for a given situation. Soil compaction models are important tools for controlling soil compaction due to agricultural field traffic and they are potentially useful technique to provide information concerning correct soil management. By means of such models, strategies and recommendations for prevention of soil compaction may be developed and specific advice may be given to farmers and advisers. In order to predict field wheeled and tracked vehicle performance, some empirical methods, used for off-road vehicle, were applied by Servadio (2010) on agricultural soil. The empirical indexes included, besides the soil strength, the load carried by the tire or track, some technical characteristics of the tire or track of the vehicle (tire or track width, tire or track wheel diameter, unloaded tire section height, number of wheel station in one track, tire deflection, total length of the belt track, the track pitch) as well as the vehicle passes. They have been validated with the tests results of agricultural vehicles over a range of soil in central Italy. Among the parameters which affect soil compaction, the water content of the soil, the axle load and number of vehicle passes proved to be the most important ones. The present paper concerns mainly vehicle

  2. ANALISIS DAN PERANCANGAN APLIKASI PENDUKUNG ERP SAP R/3 MODUL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION PT. UNITED TRACTORS, TBK

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    Johan

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to analyse sales process having been implementing Sales and Distribution module of ERP SAP R/3 and also to design a supporting application for sales process at PT United Tractor, Tbk. The benefit of this application is to help sales person and customer in doing inquiries, quotation and sales order also material information through short message. The method of this research is data capturing, literature review, object-oriented analysis and design and Rational Unified process including UML ( Unified Modeling Language for application design. Based on the problem, we designed a web-based and SMS gateway application to support Sales and Distribution module ERP SAP R/3 to help customer and sales person in doing sales transaction and information inquiry.

  3. Medidas de Vibración de una Junta Cardánica Acoplada entre Tractor e Implemento

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    Álvarez Mejía Fernando

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Un acelerómetro, como captador de vibraciones, fue colocado en dos posiciones estratégicas de la línea de potencia del toma de fuerza del tractor, con el fin registrar las vibraciones en las tres direcciones ocasionadas por el cambio del ángulo de la junta cardánica desde una posición cero grados (junta cardánica horizontal hasta una posición de (6° con respecto a la horizontal. De los análisis de los espectros de frecuencia de la señal registrada, se nota la existencia de una frecuencia de excitación de 18 Hz, correspondiente a la junta cardánica. Las magnitudes de los picos en los espectros de frecuencia fueron altamente significativos cuando la junta cardánica operó en el ángulo.

  4. LANZ half diesel, full diesel bulldogs, John-Deere-LANZ tractors from 1952 to 1967. LANZ Halbdiesel-, Volldiesel-Bulldogs, John-Deere-LANZ-Schlepper von 1952-1967

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    Haefner, K.

    1991-01-01

    The book is illustrated richly with color photographs, sketches and tables; there is a precise historical summary on the bulldog development which was tailored to agricultural applications. It begins with the glowing head engine and its successor, the half diesel. The production rate of this vehicle engine type is treated (150.000 bulldogs in 1953). The full diesel bulldogs are introduced subsequently, i.e. the bulldog with Triumph engine, four-stroke diesel engines, and the end of bulldog manufacture in 1959. A production conversion followed to the agriculture tractors, which were developed in the USA afterwards. New models, a new tractor construction line as well as gear tractors and crawler-type tractors for the construction industry are introduced. A special section on agricultural machinery (combined harvester, harvesting machines, busters) is included in this volume. (HWJ) With 302 figs.

  5. Technological Development of Mountain Multi-purpose Tractors in Foreign Countries%国外山地型多用途拖拉机产品的技术发展

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    吴清分

    2011-01-01

    The paper briefly introduced the technology development of foreign mountain multi-purpose tractors,and emphatically introduced the structure characteristics of typical mountain tractors manufactured by two companies.%简要介绍了国外山地型多用途拖拉机的产品技术发展,着重介绍了两家公司的山地型拖拉机典型产品的结构特点。

  6. Impacto de las pruebas de tractores agrícolas en México: determinación de potencia a la toma de fuerza, levante hidráulico, cabinas y marcos de seguridad

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El tractor agrícola está diseñado para transportar o transmitir potencia a herramientas cuando sea necesario operarlos. Con el fin de determinar las características básicas de los equipos, se han desarrollado estándares internacionales y nacionales. En México los ensayos de tractores toman como referencia los métodos de prueba establecidos en las normas NMX-O-169-SCFI-2002 “Tractor agrícola - potencia a la toma de fuerza” y “Tractor - Potencia y fuerza de levante hidráulico al enganche a los tres puntos en la capacidad de levante a los 610 mm.” NMX-O-207-SCFI-2004 y la norma NMX-O-181-SCFI-2003 “Tractor agrícola – cabinas y marcos de protección de tractores agrícolas y forestales–especificaciones y método de prueba (prueba estática”, estas forman parte del proceso de certificación de maquinaria que realiza el OCIMA-INIFAP, el objetivo del presente es realizar un análisis de los resultados obtenidos de la evaluación de los tractores agrícolas a través de la potencia a la toma de fuerza, fuerza de levante hidráulico al enganche a los tres puntos en la capacidad de levante a los 610 mm y cabinas y marcos de protección de tractores agrícolas en el laboratorio de pruebas del CENEMA como parte del proceso de certificación.

  7. Tibetan Students in Shanghai

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    THE campus of the Shanghai Middle School for Hui Nationality is very beautiful. In the middle of the campus is a round lawn and in the center of the lawn is a tall cedar. Around the lawn are the classroom buildings, students’ laboratory building, the cinema and an office building. Shades of green and bright flowers are seen everywhere. Just after a spring rain, the campus appears especially fresh and pleasing to the eye. More than 400 Tibetan students are studying and living at this beautiful school. They are mostly the children of ordinary Tibetan families from the Tibet Autonomous Region; all are top students

  8. 基于Raspberry Pi的拖拉机通用自动驾驶系统%Universal autopilot system of tractor based on Raspberry Pi

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    杨柳; 罗婷婷; 程新荣; 李建平; 宋雨瑶

    2015-01-01

    为了改善现阶段拖拉机自动化驾驶系统主要针对单个特定型号的拖拉机进行开发的局限性,该文设计了一套采用分布式控制方式的拖拉机自动化驾驶系统。该系统的作用在于同SAFAR系统(software architecture for agricultural robot,农业机器人的软件体系结构)整合,成为一个能够进行实际工作的系统。系统采用Raspberry Pi微型计算机作为系统的电子控制单元(electronic control unit,ECU),在不同的ECU上分别处理不同的任务,利用通讯协议传输控制协议/互联网络协议来进行ECU之间的通讯。为了保障系统的安全,该系统采用激光测距传感器R2100来保障车辆和周围环境的安全,采用Heart Beat(心跳)检测机制来探测系统故障。该系统可以接收来自SAFAR的控制信号,并对拖拉机进行相应的操作来实现拖拉机的自动化驾驶。除此之外,该系统还提供了无线遥控的功能,能够方便操作人员进行简单、直观的操控。经过测试,该系统能够正确、快速地响应来自操作人员或SAFAR的控制,控制系统的响应时间低于0.5 s,电机转向角误差小于0.06;舵机角度偏差4°左右;系统各个ECU之间通讯稳定可靠,可在试验设定的4 h内稳定工作,每0.25 s检测一次工作环境并给予响应。该研究对农业机械自动化的实现提供了参考。%With the process of industrialization, young workers pour into the city, the number of farm labor declines. The average age of farmers is increasing. The tractor, as a modern agricultural production machine, is one of the most important driving force sources of agricultural production. However, some drawbacks come with the manual control, such as, the uncomfortable working condition, the inaccurate routine and the operator fatigue. However, automated driving can improve the field operation standard, the utilization rate of the existing machinery, the

  9. Analysis of power match for aircraft tractor with hydrostatic transmission%全液压飞机牵引车牵引特性分析

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    王伟伟; 田晋跃; 刘凯

    2011-01-01

    Based on the coal contents of designing of vehicle transmission system,the parameter index of aircraft tractor with hydrostatic transmission was given,power application theory of engine and hydraulic pump、 drive mode and control method of hydraulic system were expounded, then did experiment and analysis of the tractor performance of this car, and the experiment result was given.%根据车辆液压传动系统设计的核心内容,给出全液压式飞机牵引车的参数指标,阐述其发动机与液压泵的功率匹配原理及其液压系统的驱动方式与控制方法,并针对该车的牵引性能进行试验分析,得出了试验结果.

  10. Desenvolvimento do coeficiente parcial de ergonomia e segurança em tratores agrícolas Development of partial ergonomic and safety coefficient of agricultural tractors

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    Henrique Debiasi

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo criar e aplicar o coeficiente parcial de ergonomia e segurança em tratores agrícolas (COPES. O COPES corresponde a um valor numérico variável de 0 a 100, que expressa a qualidade em termos de ergonomia e segurança dos tratores agrícolas. O referido coeficiente foi desenvolvido e avaliado por meio da verificação da presença e estado de conservação de itens relacionados à ergonomia e segurança, em 175 tratores agrícolas usados, presentes em 114 propriedades amostradas junto às microrregiões gaúchas de Santa Maria, Restinga Seca e Cachoeira do Sul. Os resultados mostraram que o COPES apresentou grande variação entre os tratores amostrados (7,64 a 84,80, sendo a média geral inferior a 35. Isso demonstra que os tratores agrícolas, atualmente em uso na região abrangida por esta pesquisa, se caracterizam por más condições relacionadas à ergonomia e segurança. Além disso, o valor do COPES mostrou que diminui em escala logarítmica conforme aumenta o tempo de uso dos tratores (r² = 0,8018. Assim, pode-se concluir que o COPES é uma importante ferramenta para a avaliação quantitativa das condições de ergonomia e segurança em tratores agrícolas, demonstrando sensibilidade às variações apresentadas no que se refere a essas características.The objective of this work was to create and apply the partial ergonomic and safety coefficient of agricultural tractors (COPES. The COPES is a numeric value variable from 0 to 100, showing ergonomic and safety conditions of agricultural tractors. This coefficient was developed and tested through checking the presence and conservation condition of ergonomic and safety items in 175 used agricultural tractors belonging to 114 farms localized in the regions of Santa Maria, Restinga Seca and Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil. The results showed that the COPES presented a considerable variation between the agricultural tractors sampled (7.64 to 84.80. The

  11. Research and development on power coupling device of hybrid electric tractor%混合动力拖拉机动力耦合装置的研制

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    邓晓亭; 朱思洪; 钱忠祥; 张莹

    2012-01-01

    近年来,农用车辆特别是拖拉机对环境和资源造成的压力逐年增大,开展节能环保拖拉机特别是混合动力拖拉机的研发已成为迫在眉睫的重要课题,而动力耦合装置是混合动力拖拉机的核心.该文根据拖拉机工作特性和传动特性要求,对混合动力拖拉机动力耦合装置传动比、特征参数和齿数匹配等进行了设计.根据传动载荷需求和制造工艺要求进行了结构设计和强度校核,研制了适用于并联式混合动力拖拉机的动力耦合装置.在自行搭建的混合动力拖拉机试验台上对该耦合装置进行了测试.试验结果表明,该装置能够满足拖拉机工作状态下的工作特性要求,输出端转速对动力源的转速变化很敏感,实时变化性能优,而输出端转矩对动力源转速变化不敏感.该耦合装置的研制为混合动力拖拉机的研发提供了基础.%In recent years, effects of agricultural vehicles, especially tractors on the environment and resources are increasing year by year, so carrying out the research and development of energy-conservation and environmental protection tractors, especially hybrid electric tractors has become the imminent important subject. And the power coupling is the core of hybrid electric drive system. According to the requirements of working properties and transmission characteristics of tractors, the transmission ratio, characteristic parameters and matching number of gear teeth of power coupling device for hybrid electric tractor were designed. Based on the requirement of transmission load and manufacturing technology, the structure design and strength check were processed. Then a new power coupling for parallel hybrid electric tractor was developed, which was also tested on self-developed hybrid electric tractor test-bed. The results showed that the power coupling device can meet the needs of working characteristic under working condition. In addition, the output speeds were

  12. 拖拉机前桥悬架参数匹配及其对振动特性的影响%Front axle suspension parameters match and its impact on vibration characteristics of tractor

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    伊力达尔·伊力亚斯; 朱思洪; 徐刚; 袁加奇

    2015-01-01

    Compared with cars, buses and trucks, tractor often drives on the dirt road in the field of rural areas, together with the simple vibration damping device, so the vibration of tractor is particularly intense. Severe vibration of tractor would cause serious harm to driver’s health, and cause fatigue and failure of tractor parts and hence seriously affect the life of the tractor. In addition, excessive vibration of the tractor will exacerbate farmland soil compaction and reduce crop yields. How to effectively reduce the vibration of tractors to improve ride comfort and driving safety and reduce farmland damage is an important research topic for researchers and tractor manufacturing enterprises. The study of foreign scholars have found when the tractor is installed with front axle suspension, the ride comfort and driving safety is improved. When farm tools hangs on the front of tractor, tractor damping effect depends on the matching between front axle suspension stiffness and damping coefficient. Installing the front axle suspension of tractor can significantly reduce tractor’s pitching vibration. By the method of theoretical analysis, the theoretical system of front axle suspension of tractor was established, the vibration was analyzed and the theoretical formula was deduced, aiming to provide a theoretical basis for parameter matching of tractor front axle suspension. In this paper, CF700 tractor from Jiang Su Chang-Fa group was taken as the research object, and the theoretical model of front axle suspension tractor was established, including plane vibration model of front axle suspension tractor with 3 degrees of freedom, vibration differential equation and tractor vibration characteristics evaluation. Taking body vertical vibration acceleration, body pitching vibration angular acceleration, seat-mounted vertical vibration acceleration, front and rear wheels’ dynamic load and front axle suspension dynamic deflection as the evaluation means, theoretical

  13. The influence of the tractor gearbox cleanliness and control%拖拉机变速箱清洁度的影响与控制

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    宋向云

    2014-01-01

    The article, the article analyses the reasons of the poor cleanliness of the tractor gearbox, discusses the influence of cleanliness of the gearbox, and puts forward the technical measures to control the cleanliness.%文章分析了拖拉机变速箱产生清洁度差的原因,论述了清洁度对变速箱的影响,提出了控制清洁度的技术措施。

  14. Design of Hydraulic System for DQY50 Aircraft Tractor%DQY50型飞机牵引车液压系统设计

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    管小兴

    2015-01-01

    This paper introduces the working principle of DQY50 aircraft tractor hydraulic system and detailed analysis and explanation of the steering system, the braking system and emergency response system.%该文论述了DQY50型飞机牵引车液压系统工作原理,重点对转向系统、制动系统和应急系统进行了详细的分析和说明.

  15. Narrative Text Analysis of Accident Reports with Tractors, Self-Propelled Harvesting Machinery and Materials Handling Machinery in Austrian Agriculture from 2008 to 2010 – A Comparison

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    Hannes Mayrhofer; Elisabeth Quendler; Josef Boxberger

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was the identification of accident scenarios and causes by analysing existing accident reports of recognized agricultural occupational accidents with tractors, self-propelled harvesting machinery and materials handling machinery from 2008 to 2010. As a result of a literature-based evaluation of past accident analyses, the narrative text analysis was chosen as an appropriate method. A narrative analysis of the text fields of accident reports that farmers used to report ac...

  16. Palm biodiesel: performance of a agricultural tractor in function of differents storage periods; Biodiesel de dende: desempenho de trator agricola em funcao de diferentes periodos de armazenamento

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    Lopes, Afonso; Oliveira, Melina C.J. [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (FCAV/UNESP), Jaboticabal, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Agrarias e Veterinarias. Dept. de Engenharia Rural], email: fonso@fcav.unesp.br; Lima, Leomar P. [Instituto Federal do Triangulo Mineiro (IFTM), Uberlandia, MG (Brazil); Camara, Felipe P. [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Cariri, CE (Brazil)

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    The use of biofuel for replacement of oil in internal combustion engines is an alternative to seek the reduction of harmful effects that the use of these fuels question to the environment. The objective of this work was to evaluate the performance of a tractor in the light of storage time of the biodiesel of palm oil. The experiment was conducted in the Laboratory of machinery and agricultural mechanization of Rural Engineering Department of UNESP, Jaboticabal, SP. In this study, -if a tractor Valtra BM 110 4x2 TDA 74 kW (100 cv) in engine 2.350 rpm. The experimental design was completely randomized, in factorial scheme 5x3, with 3 repetitions. The first factor represents 5 proportions of mixing biodiesel for diesel (B0, B5, B25, B 50 and B100, that the number indicates the percentage of biodiesel for diesel) and three storage times in condition storage environment in a rural property (0, 3 and 6 months). The mixtures were prepared hours before the test. The results showed that the storage time did not influence the performance of the tractor, occurring biodiesel specific increase in consumption from the proportion of 25% (B25) mixture of biodiesel for diesel. (author)

  17. Health risk evaluation of whole-body vibration by ISO 2631-5 and ISO 2631-1 for operators of agricultural tractors and recreational vehicles.

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    Park, Min-Soo; Fukuda, Takabumi; Kim, Tae-Gu; Maeda, Setsuo

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents experimental research evaluation of the vibration exposure for the health risk prediction during vehicle operation. The vibration measurements were carried out on a recreational vehicle and two types of agricultural tractors. The vibration levels were measured for different surfaces and vehicle speed conditions. Based on the analysis of the results in the small agricultural tractor operated in the workplace (frameworks), Sed exceeded 0.80 MPa by ISO2631-5:2004, and Av exceeded 0.89 m/s(2) by ISO2631-1:1997. That means that operators driving small agricultural tractors more than 8 h a day have a high probability of adverse health effects. However, the exposure value for the recreational vehicle had Sed < 0.5 MPa by ISO2631-5:2004 and Av < 0.5 m/s(2) by ISO2631-1:1997 on highways and local roads. That means Recreational Vehicle operators driving more than 8 h a day, have a low probability of adverse health effects. Also, for the recreational vehicle, vibration was taken at different speeds (40-60 km/h, 80 km/h, 100-120 km/h). However, the speed change did not appear to affect the vibration dose variation while driving a vehicle on the highway and road. Finally, the health effect index of ISO2631-5:2004 are almost the same as assessment of health effect by ISO2631-1:1997.

  18. Antropometria aplicada aos operadores de tratores agrícolas Anthropometrics applied to the agricultural tractors operators

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o padrão antropométrico dos operadores de tratores agrícolas da Depressão Central do Rio Grande do Sul. Os operadores de tratores agrícolas foram medidos por meio de um painel constituído por duas chapas metálicas, permanecendo durante as medições em pé, eretos, com o mínimo de roupa possível e em contato com o painel. As variáveis medidas foram as seguintes: altura do corpo; altura ao nível dos olhos; altura ao nível dos olhos sentado; altura do cotovelo; alcance do braço; alcance da mão; distância pé-patela; apoio do assento. Os dados obtidos demonstram que há diferenças entre o biótipo do operador utilizado pela indústria de tratores agrícolas e o do operador da região, de forma que este último apresentou, para todas as medidas, à exceção do apoio do assento, uma média maior. Observa-se também que, para cada medida, os limites inferior e superior do intervalo onde se encontram 90% dos operadores avaliados foram, respectivamente, menores e maiores que o padrão utilizado pela indústria, caracterizando uma maior variação. Levando-se em consideração as diferenças existentes entre o perfil antropométrico dos operadores de tratores agrícolas da Depressão Central do Rio Grande do Sul e os parâmetros utilizados pela indústria, pode-se confirmar a hipótese de que os tratores agrícolas que se encontram atualmente em comercialização no Brasil podem não oferecer o conforto necessário ao operador desta região .The objective of this work was to evaluate the anthropometric measures of the agricultural tractor operators of the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul State. The agricultural tractor operators were measured through a panel that was made of two metallic plates. During the measurement, they were standing, wearing the minimum amount clothes possible, and touching the panel. The measures body height, eyes level height (standing, eyes level height (sitting, elbow

  19. Truck Rollover Characterization for Class-8 Tractor-Trailers Utilizing Standard Dual Tires and New-Generation Single Tires

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    The Heavy Truck Rollover Characterization Project is a major research effort conducted by the National Transportation Research Center, Inc. (NTRCI) in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Dana Corporation (Dana), Michelin Americas Research and Development Corporation (Michelin) and Clemson University (Clemson), under the NTRCIs Heavy Vehicle Safety Research Center (HVSRC) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). ORNL provided the day-to-day management of the project. The expertise mix of this team coupled with complementary research needs and interests, and a positive can-do attitude provided an extremely positive experimental research opportunity for all involved. Furthermore, this team supplied significant and valuable resources that provided a strong positive benchmark regarding the ability to conduct research within a public-private partnership. The work conducted by this team focused on initial efforts to generate data and information on heavy truck rollover not currently available in the industry. It reflects efforts within Phases 1 and 2 of a longer-term four-phase research program. A 1999 Peterbilt 379 class-8 tractor and 2004 Wabash dry freight van trailer were the test vehicles utilized in this effort. Both were instrumented with a number of sensors to capture the dynamics of the tractor and trailer as it engaged in various testing maneuvers that included: an evasive maneuver, swept sine, constant radius, and a run-off-the-road maneuver. The run-off-the-road maneuver was discontinued because the test track could not safety accommodate such a maneuver. These maneuvers were carried out utilizing both standard dual tires and new-generation dual tires in six test series. Two test series also included the use of a wider-slider suspension. Outriggers were placed on the test vehicle to assure that an actual rollover would not occur, however, the tests were designed to generate lift-off of tires during the tests. One of the main objectives

  20. Development of a Model for the Simulation of ROPS Tests on Agricultural Tractors Cabin: Numerical Models and Experimental Verification

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    Sergio Baragetti,

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available It is here proposed a methodology for simulation of ROPS tests (ROPS = Roll Over Protective Structure of agricultural tractor cabins. The work is based on the resolution of this problem through the use of the finite element method. In order to limit the number of nodes of the model and thus to speed up the resolution,a twodimensional finite elements model has been chosen. The method presented here solves with relative ease, even very complex structures. There are also simplest methods in literature where specially made software is based on the finite element method for simulating approval tests on ROPS structures. In this case,codes developed just for this purposeare available, and therefore very simple to use and characterized by a high speed of preparation of the model following the definition of a small number of parameters. On the other side these are codes designed for structures having a specific geometric shape and in which the user is not free to set all the parameters existing in commercial software for the structural calculation, and are not very suitable in case of complex or not conventional structures. The methodology proposed by the authors instead, although not automated, allows simulating any type of structure in acceptable times. The results were validated by full scale experimental tests. Through the interpretation of the results it is possible to identify which areais the most critical for the structure and evaluate any change, something which is not easy to do through expensive tests.

  1. Analysis of tractor particulate emissions in a modified NRSC test after implementing a particulate filter in the exhaust system

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    Siedlecki Maciej

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    Full Text Available Retrofitting, which means retrofitting old generation engine systems with modern exhaust after treatment systems, is becoming increasingly popular, which allow vehicles to adhere to the newer and more stringent emission norms. This can save the operators of such vehicles money using older engineered designs without the need to design a new unit or buy an expensive new machine or vehicle. At present, there is a growing interest in emissions from off-road vehicles and the introduction of minimum limits for older vehicles that must be met in order to be able to allow for their operation. For the purposes of this article, the Stage IIIA farm tractor has been fitted with a particulate filter in the exhaust system. The study investigated the impact of the use of exhaust after treatment systems on particle emissions in terms of mass, size distribution and number using PEMS analyzers in the modified NRSC stationary test by engine loading, using a mobile engine dynamometer and comparison of test results.

  2. Investigating the engine vibration in MF285 tractor effected by different blends of biodiesel fuel using statistical methods and ANFIS

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Vibrations include a wide range of engineering sciences and discuss from different aspects. One of the aspects is related to various types of engines vibrations, which are often used as power sources in agriculture. The created vibrations can cause lack of comfort and reduce effective work and have bad influence on the health and safety. One of the important parameters of the diesel engine that has the ability to create vibration and knocking is the type of fuel. In this study, the effects of different blends of biodiesel, bioethanol and diesel on the engine vibration were investigated. As a result, a blend of fuels such as synthetic fuel that creates less vibration engine can be identified and introduced. Materials and Methods In this study, canola oil and methanol alcohol with purity of 99.99% and the molar ratio of 6:1 and sodium hydroxide catalyst with 1% by weight of oil were used for biodiesel production. Reactor configurations include: maintaining the temperature at 50 ° C, the reaction time of 5 minutes and the intensity of mixing (8000 rpm, and pump flow, 0.83 liters per minute. A Massey Ferguson (MF 285 tractor with single differential (2WD, built in 2012 at Tractor factory of Iran was used for the experiment. To measure the engine vibration signals, an oscillator with model of VM120 British MONITRAN was used. Vibration signals were measured at three levels of engine speed (2000, 1600, 1000 rpm in three directions (X, Y, Z. The analysis performed by two methods in this study: statistical data analysis and data analysis using Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS. Statistical analysis of data: a factorial experiment of 10×3 based on completely randomized design with three replications was used in each direction of X, Y and Z that conducted separately. Data were compiled and analyzed by SPSS 19 software. Ten levels of fuel were including of biodiesel (5, 15 and 25% and bioethanol (2, 4 and 6%, and diesel fuel. Data

  3. Evaluating the protective capacity of two-post ROPS for a seat-belted occupant during a farm tractor overturn.

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    Guan, J; Hsiao, H; Zwiener, J V; Current, R S; Lutz, T J; Cantis, D M; Powers, J R; Newbraugh, B H; Spahr, J S

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    This study evaluated the effectiveness of a commercial rollover protective structure (ROPS) and size-extended ROPS in protecting a 95th percentile male operator during tractor overturns. Six rear upset tests (commercial ROPS) and ten side upset tests (commercial and size-extended ROPS) were conducted. A 95th percentile instrumented male manikin was used in all tests. Head injury criterion (HIC15), 80 g limit on resultant head acceleration, neck injury criterion (Nij), and peak axial force (extension-compression) were employed to evaluate injury potential. In all rear tests, the manikin's head impact with the ground was within the tolerance limits for head/neck injuries. Based on limited trials in the side tests, the study observed a small to moderate chance of neck injuries under the commercial and size-extended ROPS conditions; the injury risk was not statistically significant between these two test conditions. This study identified a risk of non-fatal injuries for large-size operators in side overturns, although the prevention effectiveness of commercial versus size-extended ROPS cannot be determined without further testing. These findings may have implications for future ROPS designs.

  4. Professional risk of developing diseases of the peripheral nervous system in tractor drivers – machine operators of agricultural production

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    G.A. Bezrukova

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Based on the results of the hygienic assessment of working conditions in the domestic agricultural machinery of old and new models when performing the main types of seasonal agricultural work during the annual production cycle and analysis of accumulated occupational diseases’ nosology structure in agricultural workers of the Saratov region over the period from 2004 to 2014, the estimation of professional risk diseases of the peripheral nervous system in tractor drivers – machine operators of agricultural production is given. Professional risk assessment carried out under the procedure set forth in P2.2.1766-03 has shown that the category of a priori risk to their health during an annual production cycle ranged from high to very high (unbearable. It was revealed that the most important factors shaping the harmful working conditions when working on agricultural machinery that can act as a trigger in the formation of vertebral diseases of the peripheral nervous system, are general and local vibration, adverse micro-climatic conditions, long uncomfortable static working posture and physical stress. The risk of diseases in the peripheral uneven system in machine operators of agriculture was attributed to the high risk category with an index of professional diseases (IPD equal to 0,5 %.

  5. Evaluation Of Onion Production On Sandy Soils By Use Of Reduced Tillage And Controlled Traffic Farming With Wide Span Tractors

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    Pedersen Hans Henrik

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    Full Text Available Growing of vegetables is often characterised by intensive field traffic and use of heavy machines. By implementing controlled traffic farming (CTF, compaction of the growth zone can be avoided. An experiment was established in an onion field on a coarse sandy loam. Treatments were applied in the field that for five years had been managed by seasonal CTF (SCTF, where harvest is performed by random traffic due to lack of suitable harvest machines. The main treatment was compaction with a fully loaded potato harvester. The split treatment in the crossed split plot design was mechanical loosening. Bulk density, macroporosity, penetration resistance, water retention characteristics and yield were measured. Mechanical loosening caused improvements in the physical soil measurements and more roots were found in the upper soil layers. The highest yield was however found in the CTF simulation plots (19% higher than in the SCTF simulated plots. Using wide span tractors as a harvest platform will enable CTF in vegetable production. Avoidance of compaction will enable reduced tillage intensity and productivity can be improved both through higher yield of the area that is cropped and by a larger percentage of fields can be cropped area as less area will be needed for tracks.

  6. 275 THE AETIOLOGY AND POSSmLE PREVENTION OF ...

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    Mar 13, 1971 ... tional stress, hyperuricaemia and in qualified groups hyper- lipidaemia. Until the ... Indirect clinical evidence is presented, which, correlated with the structural .... physical factors included sport, lawn mowing, chasing a.

  7. 1978 Insect Pest Management Guide: Home, Yard, and Garden. Circular 900.

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    This publication lists certain insecticides to control insect pests of food, fabrics, structures, man and animals, lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers and vegetables. Suggestions are given for selection, dosage and application of insecticides to combat infestation. (CS)

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    ... BT Cotton Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki delta endotoxin protein as produced by the Cry1A(c... Scott Lawn Road Marysville, OH 43041 241 BASF Corporation 26 Davis Drive, P.O. Box 13528 Research...

  9. Are You Taking the Right Treatment for Your High Cholesterol?

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    ... Product Reviews Home & Garden Most Popular CO & Smoke Alarms Flooring Gas Grills Generators Lawn Mowers Mattresses Paints ... develop signs of liver problems, which include unusual fatigue or weakness, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, ...

  10. "Off-Label" Drug Use

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    ... Product Reviews Home & Garden Most Popular CO & Smoke Alarms Flooring Gas Grills Generators Lawn Mowers Mattresses Paints ... issue, including abnormal limb and body movements, sedation, fatigue, weight gain, and a small increased risk of ...

  11. Antipsychotic drugs a last resort for these 5 conditions (ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and PTSD)

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    ... Product Reviews Home & Garden Most Popular CO & Smoke Alarms Flooring Gas Grills Generators Lawn Mowers Mattresses Paints ... drugs associated with at least some of these Fatigue All atypical antipsychotics except risperidone Restlessness (akathisia) Aripiprazole ...

  12. 76 FR 16297 - Aspergillus flavus

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    ..., lawns, or buildings (residential and other indoor uses). A. Dietary Exposure 1. Food. Current uses of... emergence). Once applied to corn and after exposure to moisture, Aspergillus flavus AF36 germinates,...

  13. Noise Pollution

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    ... Search Clean Air Act Overview Share Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Contact Us Clean Air Act Title IV - ... noises in the community (from your neighbor, boom cars, lawn equipment, etc.) and from commercial businesses (factory, ...

  14. Farmer's Lung: Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness

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  17. Annual Insecticide Loadings

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  18. Disproportionality as a Framework to Target Pollution Reduction from Urban Landscapes

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    Brian Horgan

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    Full Text Available New federal water quality regulations regarding impaired waters and urban stormwater, alongside a growing need to reverse eutrophication of urban lakes, are creating demand to decrease nutrient export from urban landscapes, particularly lawns. We propose that Nowak et al.’s (2006 disproportionality framework could be used to target specific households likely to generate disproportionate levels of nutrient export. The biophysical dimension would be based on landscape vulnerability (slope, soil type, proximity to lakes; the social dimension would target “inappropriate” lawn management behaviors leading to high nutrient export on these vulnerable landscapes. Understanding of lawn nutrient cycling (biophysical dimension and homeowner beliefs and attitudes (social dimension would be used to develop targeted, specific messages for homeowners practicing inappropriate management. A lawn management program developed with this disproportionality framework would probably be very effective, highly economical and fair, targeting only homeowners who are creating a disproportionate impact.

  19. Noise

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    Noise is all around you, from televisions and radios to lawn mowers and washing machines. Normally, you ... sensitive structures of the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss. More than 30 million Americans ...

  20. Keskkonnasõbralik väikeaed / Tiina Tammet

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    Aiakujundaja Stephen Firthi rajatud ökoloogiline aed "After the Lawn" 2004. a. Chelsea aiandusnäitusel. Aiamajake on ehitatud vanadest palkidest ja põrandalaudadest, katus on kaetud kanarbikuga. Istumiskoht on sillutatud kasutatud kiviplaatidega. 4 ill