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AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION AND ENERGY SYSTEMS - mod. 2
Code: G2601A
Teacher:  Davide Facchinetti
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CFU subdivision: Lectures: 4
Basic aims:  The first part of the course wants to give the basic elements relative to the agricultural mechanisation (general knowledges, tractors, etc.) and to someone of the energy systems.
The fisrt goal of the second part will be the good level of knowledge on the construction characteristics and the field use about the main towed and hitched implements and the self-propelled machines used in agriculture. The second goal will deal with the production and the use of all the renewable sources concerning the agricultural mechanization, available as at present as in the future. In particular, the production chains and the use of biodiesel, biogas, bioethanol, hydrogen, etc. will be treated.
Acquired skills:  The student is able to acquire theoretical and practical knowledges (through field and laboratory exercises and technical visits), that will permit to him to choose and judge a system composed by energy and agricultural mechanisation elements.
The student:
a) will recognize the main towed and hitched implements and the self-propelled machines, how they run and their optimisation;
b) will arrange the main agricultural tasks;
c) will recognize the potential of the renewable sources into the agricultural mechanization farm management.
Course contents:  - The main towed and hitched implements, to be coupled to the tractor, will be presented with reference to the cereals chain; - the self-propelled harvesting machines used in the cereals, vineyard and horticultural chains will be presented; - presentation of the technical means and use inside of the agricultural mechanization of the fuels coming from the renewable sources.
Program:  a) Part of "Agricultural Mechanization": 1. Implements used in cereals, vineyard and horticultural farms: for the soil tillage, the seeding, the fertilizing, the spraying, the forage management; 2. self-propelled machines for the harvesting of cereals, grape, vegetables; b) part of "Energy Systems": 1. technical plant and production characteristics and use into the machinery for biodiesel; 2. technical plant and production characteristics and use into the machinery for biogas; 3. technical plant and production characteristics and use into the machinery for bioethanol; 4. technical plant and production characteristics and use into the machinery for hydrogen; c) technical visits in selected research Centres and farms, with the measurement of some technical working parameters of the implements used in cereals, vineyard and horticultural farms; where available, knowledge of fuel production plants coming from renewable sources and managements characteristics into the agricultural machinery.
Prerequisites:  A good knowledge of fundamentals of Mathematics and Physics, and a general, but not detailed, knowledge of the machines (particularly the tractor) and implements most commonly used in the farms.
Preparatory instructions:  The positive pass of the following examinations is recommended: - mathematics; - physics.
Learning materials:  - P. Biondi (1999) - Meccanica Agraria - UTET, Torino - G. Pellizzi (1996) - Meccanica e meccanizzazione agricola - Edagricole, Bologna - lecture notes (prepared by the teacher) available on the following website: http://web.tiscali.it/profpessina
Other info:  The examination of "Agricultural Mechanization and energy systems Mod.2. Energy systems" consists in an oral examination, with the deepening of more topics related to the course program.
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