Browse Publications Technical Papers 2018-28-0063

Experimental Field Performance Analysis of Small Weed Remover in Sugarcane Grassland 2018-28-0063

In India, Agriculture is a backbone of the economy. Various crops are grown in India such as rice, wheat, maize, millet and sugarcane. Weed is also grown along with the crops. The process of removal of these weeds from crops is called weeding. In this paper, the weeding in the sugarcane crop is studied. 33 % of profit is spent for removing weed manually. The rate and effectiveness of weed removal depends on number of parameters related to machine performance parameters and soil properties such as types of cutting blades used, machine efficiency, moisture content of the soil etc. Studies have been conducted on the effect of moisture content and the type of cutting blades like flat blades, spike tooth blades and curved blades on the performance of weeding machines. Based on the above parameters, a Sugarcane Weed Remover (SWR) is designed which consists of single cylinder air cooled gasoline engine, blade assembly and transmission system. Various blade parameters are selected and analysed for finding the best type of blade to remove the mud stucking in between the teeth/blades, tyres, wheels and less damage to the crops. The field trails of the weed remover gives fuel consumption of the cutter is 0.095 g/ (KW.h) and transmission efficiency is 82%. The result of theoretical power requirement was 3.08 bhp and field performance evaluation showed that the field capacity and weeding efficiency was obtained to be 0.0034 ha/hr and 65%. The result shows that SWR gives maximum efficiency, simple design, less weight and affordable price. Key words: SWR, Weeding efficiency, Field capacity, sugarcane field, Fuel consumption.


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