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Throughput control on a combine harvester using Model-based Predictive Control

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009078.(doi:10.13031/2013.29802)
Authors:   Tom Coen, Josse De Baerdemaeker, Wouter Saeys
Keywords:   Stochastic Model-based Predictive Control, combine harvester, biological variability, capacity control

Since it is no longer possible to increase the size of combine harvesters, increasing the machine efficiency is the only way to further raise the capacity. The most straightforward way to do so is to make every operator behave as the optimal operator, and this 24/7. This paper presents on a control system that regulates the speed of the combine harvester based on process variables such as feed rate, engine load and grain mass flow such that the capacity utilization is maximized at all times.

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