Design, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of an Inter-Row Cultivator for Sugarcane Fields
AbstractThe aims of this research were to design and fabricate an inter-row cultivator for mounting on a medium-sized tractor (25.3 or 37.3 kW) for sugarcane fields, and to assess the performance of the cultivator when harvesting is conducted either by hand or with a sugarcane harvester. Moreover, this study was also designed to assess the performance of the cultivator in mixing sugarcane residues in the field. The inter-row cultivator has a working width of 80 cm, a rotor shaft speed of 500 rpm, and a total weight of 518 kg. The cultivator comprises 18 European C-type blades attached to three disk holder flanges arranged in a spiral formation. Two notch-cutting discs were mounted on the front to cut and press the sugarcane leaves before they were chopped and mixed by the inter-row cultivator. The working performance test was conducted for different thicknesses of trash blankets while using the inter-row cultivator mounted on 25.3 kW- and 37.3 kW-size tractors. The effective field capacity for trash incorporation of the inter-row cultivator was 0.30 ha·h−1 when trash was left through harvesting by hand. On the other hand, effective field capacity was 0.31 ha·h−1 when a sugarcane harvester was used. Moreover, the field efficiency exceeded 90% in all tested fields, with greater soil inversion. The results also showed that the fuel consumption of both tractors was higher when harvesting by hand compared with harvesting using a harvester. View Full-Text
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Khaehanchanpong, Y.; Ahamed, T.; Takigawa, T. Design, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of an Inter-Row Cultivator for Sugarcane Fields. Inventions 2017, 2, 25.
Khaehanchanpong Y, Ahamed T, Takigawa T. Design, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of an Inter-Row Cultivator for Sugarcane Fields. Inventions. 2017; 2(3):25.Chicago/Turabian Style
Khaehanchanpong, Yuttana; Ahamed, Tofael; Takigawa, Tomohiro. 2017. "Design, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of an Inter-Row Cultivator for Sugarcane Fields." Inventions 2, no. 3: 25.
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