Optimization of a Citrus Canopy Shaker Harvesting System: Mechanistic Tree Damage and Fruit Detachment Models

@article{Gupta2016OptimizationOA,
  title={Optimization of a Citrus Canopy Shaker Harvesting System: Mechanistic Tree Damage and Fruit Detachment Models},
  author={Susheel Kumar Gupta and Reza Ehsani and Nam-Ho Kim},
  journal={Transactions of the ASABE},
  year={2016},
  volume={59},
  pages={761-776}
}
Mechanization of fruit and nut harvesting is becoming increasingly important because of a significant rise in the cost of manual harvesting. This work proposes a progressive analytical approach for the design and optimization of a citrus canopy shaker harvesting machine. The approach was formulated using finite element (FE) methods to find the optimum design parameters of the machine. The design parameters were defined in terms of a configuration (or stiffness) of shaking rods and two operating… 
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