Design of a lightweight, modular robotic vehicle for the sustainable intensification of broadacre agriculture

Bawden, Owen John (2015) Design of a lightweight, modular robotic vehicle for the sustainable intensification of broadacre agriculture. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This thesis presents the design process and the prototyping of a lightweight, modular robotic vehicle for the sustainable intensification of broadacre agriculture. Achieved by the joint operation of multiple autonomous vehicles to improve energy consumption, reduce labour, and increase efficiency in the application of inputs for the management of crops. The Small Robotic Farm Vehicle (SRFV) is a lightweight and energy efficient robotic vehicle with a configurable, modular design. It is capable of undertaking a range of agricultural tasks, including fertilising and weed management through mechanical intervention and precision spraying, whilst being more than an order of magnitude lower in weight than existing broadacre agricultural equipment.

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ID Code: 84988
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Ball, David, Perez, Tristan, & Corke, Peter
Additional Information: An embargo has been granted by the faculty until June 2016.
Keywords: User Centred Design, Agricultural Robotics, Broadacre Farming, Integrated Weed Management, Lightweight Vehicle Design, Robotic Vehicles, Future Farming Systems, Precision Agriculture, Industrial Design, Engineering
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2015 03:11
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 14:01

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