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Conceptual Design of an Active Automatic Height Control System for Sugarane Harvesting

Conceptual Design of an Active Automatic Height Control System for Sugarane Harvesting

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Title: Conceptual Design of an Active Automatic Height Control System for Sugarane Harvesting
Author: Hijazi, Ibrahim M. Bushra Babiker; Babiker, Altaib Babiker Altaib; Alaabdeen, Mohamed Elfatih Ahmed Zein
Abstract: Sugarcane is the main source for raw sugar, ethanol fuel worldwide. With an annual global production of about 2 billion tonnes per year and more than 25 million hectares were cultivated in 2011 (FAOSTAT, 2013), it‟s considered a vital and valuable cash crop. Any reduction in costs or improvement in ratoon crop health can result in considerable improvement in revenues gains to all sectors involved in the sugarcane related industries. The main objective of this research effort was to increase productivity, enhance efficiency, and decrease losses of sugarcane harvesting process – which is considered the most important process in sugarcane commercial production – by proposing a conceptual design for an automatic system to follow the ground contour and control the height and orientation of the basecutters to stabilize the cutting level and orientation and to avoid cutting under the soil surface. A secondary objective of this research project was to study lodging and its impacts on yields and revenues of the industry. The impacts of field‟s unevenness and vibrations on harvesting quality and ratoon crop health were studied and detailed. The available systems to automatically control basecutter height, their sensing techniques, and their actuating means were studied thoroughly. A system of automatic height control was conceptually designed and a model was constructed and tested. The test results showed the potential of applying such system on working harvesters.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/25588
Date: 2016


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