A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines

Smith, Rod and Gillies, Malcolm H. and Newell, Geoffrey and Foley, Joseph P. (2008) A decision support model for travelling gun irrigation machines. Biosystems Engineering, 100 (1). pp. 126-136. ISSN 1537-5110

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Abstract

The computer model, TRAVGUN was developed to simulate the irrigation applications by travelling gun machines under different wind conditions. A novel approach to calibration of the model was introduced to give both the sprinkler pattern (radial leg) and the six wind parameters of the empirical sprinkler irrigation model, from simple field measurements of applied depths along transects perpendicular to the travel direction of the machine. Once calibrated, TRAVGUN can be used to investigate the sprinkler patterns and transects under other wind conditions. When seasonal wind information is available the user can simulate the field application while changing various operating parameters such as the lane spacing and sector angle to identify the optimum values for those parameters.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's Original deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Prof Rod Smith
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009 07:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: rain gun; sprinkler pattern; radial leg; wind distortion
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829805 Management of Water Consumption by Plant Production
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2008.01.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4623

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