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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 759-770
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.610.092


Development of an Instrumentation System for Evaluating the Tractive Performance of Walking Tractors
Showkat Rasool*, Hifjur Raheman and Ganesh Upadhyay
Department of Agricultural & Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, 721302 India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

An instrumentation system to measure the performance of the walking tractor has been developed. The purpose of the system is to evaluate the performance of walking tractor by collecting necessary data for proper implement matching and farm management, and consequently improving the adaptability of these tractors. The parameters measured are engine speed, actual and theoretical speed, drawbar pull and fuel consumption. Major components of the system include magnetic pickup to measure engine speed, proximity sensors to measure tractor speeds, load cell transducer to measure drawbar pull and data logger to scan and record data from different transducers. A fuel measurement system is also installed on the system. Calibration curves were developed for the load cell and the fuel measurement system. Program was developed to convert sensor outputs into desired form. The speed measurement system was validated manually. The entire system was mounted on a walking tractor and field experiments were conducted to evaluate the performance of the developed instrumentation system by determining the draftability of the walking tractor. The tractor was loaded, and drawbar pull, slip and fuel consumption of the tractor were determined at different engine speeds and gears. It was concluded that the developed instrumentation system provides accurate and reliable results.


Keywords: Walking tractor, Instrumentation, Proximity sensor, Magnetic pickup, Load cell, Fuel consumption.
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Showkat Rasool, Hifjur Raheman and Ganesh Upadhyay. 2017. Development of an Instrumentation System for Evaluating the Tractive Performance of Walking TractorsInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 759-770. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.610.092