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Integrated Model for Teaching Tractor-Implement Performance

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

Citation:  Paper number  131620219,  2013 Kansas City, Missouri, July 21 - July 24, 2013. (doi: @2013
Authors:   Dennis R Buckmaster, Iman Beheshti Tabar
Keywords:   Education Engine Implement Model Traction Tractor Transmission

Abstract. An integrated tractor-implement model was developed in an upper level undergraduate/graduate level course. The model development and analysis takes 2-3 laboratory periods and provides a means of synthesizing engine, transmission, traction, ballasting, draft, and vehicle performance knowledge in a problems-solving context. The resulting model allows for virtual experiments to increase understanding of force, torque, power, traction, and tractor-implement matching. Accompanied with a field experience, this exercise reinforces tractor-implement performance understanding as well as problem solving and computing skills. This project reinforces model development and could be applicable to both engineering and non-engineering courses. Sensitivity to key variables and parameters is a valuable aspect of the modeling exercise.

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