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Viticulture and enology engineering - unit 2: vineyard mechanization
Code: G250ZB
Teacher:  Domenico Pessina
Year: 
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 3,5
Practices in classroom: 0,5
Other: 1
Basic aims:  Unit 1: To know the principal plant' law and standard; to acquire criteria for the dimension of plants and machineries for oenology; to know the main oenological machines; to acquire analysis methodology for complex and simple plants.
Unit 2: The student will be able to get a high level of knowledge about the main notions of agricultural mechanics, with detailed information on the machinery used and the mechanized tasks carried out in vineyards, including several theoretical and practical applications concerning the correct coupling tractor-implement. The safety and the comfort relevant to the use of machinery in vineyards are also suitably emphasized.
Acquired skills:  Unit 1: Acquisition of linguistic and technical terms competences. To design and manage productive system and complex processes for the wineries; to make economical and functional analysis of technical alternative solutions; to run the production in winery to obtain optimum conditions.
Unit 2: A good knowledge of fundamentals of Mathematics and Physics, and a general, but not detailed, knowledge of the machines and implements most commonly used in vineyards tasks.
Course contents:  1. Methodology of the machinery use in vineyards, in Italy and
in the other countries in which the vineyard cultivation is
popular. 2. Recall of the basic elements of agricultural
mechanics: work, torque, power and rotational speed. Friction.
Efficiency. Transmission components. 3. The agricultural tractor
(details). Coupling tractor-implements and its suitability 4.
Safety and ergonomics in vineyards tasks 5. Implements (soil
preparation, fertilizing, spraying, grape harvesting and
vineyards care) 6. Technical visits in machinery manufacturers'
premises and in vineyard farms, including in these last cases
the execution of some tests on machinery, with data acquisition
and relevant elaboration.
Program:  1. Methodology of the machinery use in vineyards, in Italy and
in the other countries in which the vineyard cultivation is
popular. 2. Recall of the basic elements of agricultural
mechanics: work, torque, power and rotational speed. Friction.
Efficiency. Transmission components. 3. The agricultural tractor
(details). Coupling tractor-implements and its suitability 4.
Safety and ergonomics in vineyards tasks 5. Implements (soil
preparation, fertilizing, spraying, grape harvesting and
vineyards care) 6. Technical visits in machinery manufacturers'
premises and in vineyard farms, including in these last cases
the execution of some tests on machinery, with data acquisition
and relevant elaboration.
Prerequisites:  Nothing
Preparatory instructions:  The positive pass of the following examinations is strongly
recommended: - mathematics; - physics.
Learning materials:  Volumes: - G. Pellizzi (1996) - Meccanica e meccanizzazione
agricola - Edagricole, Bologna; - P. Biondi (1999) - Meccanica
Agraria - UTET, Torino; - website: http://dpessina.altervista.org
Other info:  The examination includes both written and oral parts, to be
carried out together in just one session. The oral part can be
carried out only if the evaluation of the written part is not
heavily unsufficient.
The written part consists into 4 exercises:
- the first two require the solution of problems of a correct
tractor-implement coupling starting from given data;
- the second two concern the treatment of given items inside of
the course program.
The oral part includes the written part discussion; moreover, if
necessary, some further questions will be asked relevant to the
course program items.
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