Symes, Troy and Brink, Gavin (2010) A scalable distribution system for the optimal application of evaporation-suppressant film to farm dams. In: Australian Irrigation Conference and Exibition 2010: One Water Many Futures, 8-10 June 2010, Sydney, Australia.
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Automated systems for the application of evaporation-suppressing films have been limited in their implementation and to date have not proved overly successful. Whilst this is in part due to the sub-optimal performance of currently available surface film products, it is also due in large measure to inaccuracies and/or inappropriate design in both application systems and particularly application strategies which are not capable of adapting to the prevailing environmental conditions. Therefore, a general-purpose distribution system comprising a Central Control Unit (CCU) communicating with multiple applicators has been developed to adaptively and spatially vary monolayer application rates according to changing conditions monitored on-site. This will form part of an autonomous electromechanical system for the optimal application and spreading of chemical monolayer.
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