Hello All, Today has been a rain-day which has allowed me a chance to get caught up on the progress of the work being conducted this season. We have been having success¬†with using a thermal camera attached to a drone to help with looking at spray applications. We also installed a new system configuration in… Continue Reading SSCDS 2017 Updates from the field
It is that time of year again. We have lots of exciting work that is being conducted this season. Make sure to check back often to see all the new data and information that we are generating.
The final SSCDS concept developed by the SSCDS Mechanical Engineering team was awarded first prize in the Mechanical Engineering section of MSU Design Day! Our engineering team was up against projects ranging from home appliances to automotive¬†systems. You can read more about MSU Design Day in the 2015 program which can be downloaded here:¬†http://designday.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/DesignDayFall15.pdf The… Continue Reading SSCDS Student Engineer Team Wins First Prize at MSU Design Day!!
The MSU Mechanical Engineering student team have come up with an initial concept for reducing the volume of material needed to fill the SSCDS system. Their solution is to separate the liquid delivery from the air delivery. Liquid enters the SSCDS reservoirs at the base of the canister while air enters from the top. A… Continue Reading Progress from SSCDS M.E. Team
Five MSU Mechanical Engineering students (Mark Taylor, Tyler Finses, Michael Hilk, Scott Burek, Dylan Etheridge) have taken on improving SSCDS material handling efficiency as their capstone project. The task the students are faced with is to reduce the amount of “waste” material used by the system to carry agrichemicals to the spray nozzles. The basic… Continue Reading Engineering Students Begin Working on Improved SSCDS
Our research was featured in the summer edition of the New York Fruit Quarterly. The article summarizes the first two years of data collected in Michigan with an emphasis on canopy cooling and pest management. You can access archived NYFQ issues at:¬†http://www.nyshs.org/fq.php
NPR ran a story on utiilizing solid set canopy delivery for mist cooling of Michigan orchard crops. Dr. Jim Flore and Dr. Matt Grieshop were interviewed as part of this story. You can read about it and listen to the program at: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/04/23/401531585/fruit-growers-try-tricking-mother-nature-to-prevent-crop-damage
Here is a short video of the MSU prototype SSCD in action at the Clarksville Research Station. The video was produced and edited by Ron Perry, Professor of Horticulture.