Testing and Evaluation of Agricultural Machinery 2nd Revised & Enlarged Edn

by Mehta, M L, Pradeep Rajan, S R Verma & S K Singh

ISBN: 9789354612947
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Imprint : Daya Publishing House
Year : 2022
Price : Rs. 13895.00
Biblio : 2019, xi+384p., figs., tbls., indx., 25cm

Author Profile

Madan Lal Mehta, did B.Sc. (Agril. Engg.) & M.Tech (Farm Power & Machinery) from PAU, Ludhiana. Worked as Director, CFMT&TI, Budni (MP), Dy Commissioner (My) at Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare etc. He has experience of more than 40 years in various organizations. He has rich experience in testing & evaluation of tractors and agricultural machinery, training & development of machinery, mechanization in agriculture & management etc. Sewa Ram Verma, FNAAS, FISAE, FIIE, did B.E. from Allahabad Agricultural Institute, M.Tech and Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has been a passionate researcher in Farm Machinery & Power and has more than 55 years experience in the development and evaluation of agricultural machinery as Professor & Dean, COAET, PAU, Ludhiana. Bestowed with Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award, Jawaharlal Nehru Award etc. He has numerous publications to his credit in the form of books, research bulletins, research papers in national & international journals. Pradeep Rajan, did B.Tech (Agri. Engg.) from Allahabad University, M.Tech (Farm Machinery & Power) from GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, followed by Ph.D (Farm Machinery & Power) from IARI, New Delhi. Presently working as Principal Scientist in CSIR – CMERI Centre of Excellence for Farm Machinery, Ludhiana. He is a recipient of ISAE Team Award (2016). He has published a number of papers & articles in various national and international journals. Shashi Kumar Singh, did B.Tech. (Agril. Engg.), M.Tech. (Farm Power & Machinery) and Ph.D. (Farm Power & Machinery) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab). He joined PAU in 1995 and presently working as Senior Research Engineer and in-charge of Farm Machinery Testing Centre. He has published many research papers, taught and guided many undergraduate and post-graduate students.

About The Book

Agricultural mechanization is a sine-qua-non to minimize drudgery, enhance timeliness and quality of farm operation and produce, improve working comfort besides optimizing the cost of production with higher productivity. Earlier, farmers relied upon muscle power and animate power for various farm operations. But with the passage of time, to meet the food and nutritional requirement of the burgeoning population, efficient farm equipment and devices have been introduced. A need has been felt for scientific testing and evaluation of farm power sources and machines to ensure better quality, reliability and safety based on relevant standards, test codes and safety guidelines. To explain above aspects of reliable testing and evaluation, a book was published in 1995. Based on the feedback from stakeholders and advancement of farm machinery sector, the book has been revised and updated with 20 chapters covering latest machines like rotavator, laser land leveller, zero-till drill, straw combine etc. It is hoped that it will serve the needs of scientists, professional engineers, tractor and agricultural equipment manufacturers, testing institutions, agricultural engineering colleges and staff working at different testing centres in India and abroad as a reference for standardization, quality assurance and further improvement.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword v Preface vii Preface to the First Edition ix 1. Status of Agricultural Mechanization 1 2. Testing and Evaluation System of Agricultural Machinery 19 3. Testing and Evaluation of Agricultural Tractors 45 4. Testing and Evaluation of Power Tillers 71 5. Testing and Evaluation of Internal Combustion Engines 85 6. Testing and Evaluation of Hand Tools for Agriculture 93 7. Testing and Evaluation of Tillage Implements and Rotavator 99 8. Testing and Evaluation of Tractor Operated Laser Land Leveller 115 9. Testing and Evaluation of Seed-Cum-Fertilizer Drills, Zero-till drill and Happy Seeder 125 10. Testing and Evaluation of Planters and Transplanters 145 11. Testing and Evaluation of Fertilizer Broadcasters 177 12. Testing and Evaluation of Sprayers and Dusters 185 13. Testing and Evaluation of Irrigation Pumps 203 14. Testing and Evaluation of Combine Harvester 227 15. Testing and Evaluation of Straw Reaper Combine 257 16. Testing and Evaluation of Root Crop Harvesters 267 17. Testing and Evaluation of Power Thresher 283 18. Advances in Instrumentation and Sensors 299 19. Testing for Safety and Ergonomic Assessment of Agricultural Machinery 317 20. Estimating Cost of Operation of Farm Machinery 339 Bibliography 355 Appendices 371 Index 381