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See detailWeed detection and/or destruction
Piron, Alexis ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

Patent (2009)

A method of determining the position of weeds growing in soil amongst crops comprising the steps of:- Using a camera to acquiring a stereoscopic image of plants growing on soil; - Segmentation plant ... [more ▼]

A method of determining the position of weeds growing in soil amongst crops comprising the steps of:- Using a camera to acquiring a stereoscopic image of plants growing on soil; - Segmentation plant pixels and soil pixels; - Creating a modelised height profile of the soil at positions at which soil pixels have not been captured by the stereoscopic image based on information derived from adjacent soil pixels; - Determining a corrected plant height at plant pixels representing the distance between the plant pixel and the modelised soil underneath; - Differentiating between weeds and crops by ciomparing the corrected plant height with an expected crop height. Once the position of a weed has been determined, it may be destroyed, for example by heat applied to the identified position or by a robotic arm. [less ▲]

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See detailSurveillance en ligne d'une machine tournante par thermographie infrarouge
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

Conference (2009, December 07)

Des mesures par thermographie d'une machine tournante critique (ventilateur) sont réalisées en ligne pour évaluer la température d’organes, comme le moteur et les paliers. En conditions de fonctionnement ... [more ▼]

Des mesures par thermographie d'une machine tournante critique (ventilateur) sont réalisées en ligne pour évaluer la température d’organes, comme le moteur et les paliers. En conditions de fonctionnement normal, les températures montrent des variations importantes, caractérisées par un écart­-type de l’ordre de 5 °C. Elles sont liées aux variations de conditions climatiques et à l'apport de chaleur variable en fonction du processus de fabrication. Un modèle auto­récurrent avec grandeurs d'entrée (ARX) a permis d'éliminer ces variations. Le bruit sur la température corrigée est réduit à un degré Celsius, ce qui permet de mettre en évidence très tôt une dégradation au niveau des paliers principaux. Par contre, dans le cas présent, le moteur subit un encrassement et donc une augmentation de température en cours de fonctionnement qui masque l’existence d’une éventuelle détérioration. [less ▲]

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See detailApplying control volume finite element for modelling direct injection boom spraying flow
El Aissaoui, Abdellah; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg et al

Conference (2009, June 23)

Assessment of injection lag transport and uniformity of direct injection boom sprayer is an important issue for successful variable rate spraying technology. To estimate the boom lag transport and ... [more ▼]

Assessment of injection lag transport and uniformity of direct injection boom sprayer is an important issue for successful variable rate spraying technology. To estimate the boom lag transport and pressure loss, a numerical model is formulated on the basis of fluid hydrodynamic conservation equations. The software is implemented in visual basic. To solve the pressure – velocities equations, control volume finite element method (CV) is used to delimit elementary volumes of the boom. Linearization of the conservation laws is ensured by considering discrete form of the equations and calculating velocity and pressure step by step throughout the whole boom. The flow behaviour is simulated into a boom section divided into N elementary volumes, each of them including one nozzle. To test the model, three boom diameters (5, 6 and 8 mm) and two chemical viscosities (10-6 and 10-5 m2/s) were used. Experimental trials are carried out on boom having 2.5 m length (5 nozzles) for measuring pressure gradient and lag transport. Results showed that the model can predict the pressure losses and the lag transport accurately (error within 5%) to optimize boom designs. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of realtime spray drift using RTDrift Gaussian advection-diffusion model
Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Verstraete, Arnaud ULg; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Spanoghe, Pieter (Ed.) COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (2009, May 19)

A spray drift model was developed to deliver real time information to the pesticide applicator. The sprayer is equipped with sensors to deliver real time measurement of operational parameters as spray ... [more ▼]

A spray drift model was developed to deliver real time information to the pesticide applicator. The sprayer is equipped with sensors to deliver real time measurement of operational parameters as spray pressure, boom height, horizontal boom movements and geolocalization. The spray droplet size spectrum as a function of pressure was characterized using PDI measurements. Wind speed and direction were measured using a sprayer mounted 2-D ultrasonic anemometer. For each successive boom position, a diffusion-advection Gaussian tilting plume model is used to compute the spray drift deposits downwind. Drift is computed independently for each droplet classes and each nozzle based on the operating parameters. Field trials were performed on a test plot in various wind conditions. The ground drift was measured for different drift distances using fluorimetry analysis. Results show that drift deposits are mainly affected by wind speed and direction what was correctly accounted for by the model. Short distance drift deposits values were overestimated by the model while long distance drift was underestimated. It appears that this most probably origins from embarked wind speed measurements and diffusion parameter. It is concluded that a treatment of embarked wind speed and diffusion measurement should be used to minimize these errors. [less ▲]

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See detailDetecting weeds by artificial vision in carrots: towards optimization of herbicide use
Piron, Alexis ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

Conference (2009, April 03)

A method of determining the position of weeds growing in soil amongst horticultural crops is described.

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See detailImproving in-row weed detection in multispectral stereoscopic images
Piron, Alexis ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

in Computers & Electronics in Agriculture (2009), 69

Previous research has shown that plant height and spectral reflectance are relevant features to classify crop and weeds in organic carrots: classification based on height gave a classification accuracy ... [more ▼]

Previous research has shown that plant height and spectral reflectance are relevant features to classify crop and weeds in organic carrots: classification based on height gave a classification accuracy (CA) of up to 83% while classification based on a combination of three multispectral bands gave a CA of 72%. The first goal of this study was to examine the simultaneous use of both height and multispectral parameters. It was found that classification rate was only slightly improved when using a feature set comprising both height and multispectral data (2%). The second goal of this study was to improve the detection method based on plant height by setting an automatic threshold between crop and weeds heights, in their early growth stage. This threshold was based on crop row determination and peak detection in plant height probability density function, corresponding to the homogeneous crop population. Using this method, the CA was 82% while the CA obtained with optimal plant height limits is only slightly higher at 86%. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonic internal defect detection in cheese
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Journal of Food Engineering (2009), 90(3), 333-340

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was ... [more ▼]

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was carried out by using either correlation with a reference signal or a wavelet decomposition. The principle of the detection consisted in measuring the time of flight of the transmitted signals and of the echoes, the latter in the absence of foreign body should be the double of the former. The presence of a foreign object affected this pattern in several ways. In order to assess the method, a small plastic cylindrical object of 3 mm in diameter was introduced in one half of the cheese and was tested for detection, the second half being used as reference for the control cheese. The results showed that the two signals and the two detection methods were able to localise the transmitted signals and the echo from the opposite face of the cheese under all circumstances. For the foreign body detection, the correlation method gave superior results, in term of signal to noise ratio as well as in term of error rate, while the two signals gave similar results. The analysis of the mean and standard deviation of the signal to noise ratio of the object echo showed that some samples presented peak values close to those due to the noise. Nevertheless, the object was detected in 90% of the tests. There was no significant effect of temperature on the detection technique. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCoded structural light imaging system for weed detection in outdoor conditions
Destain, Marie-France ULg; Piron, Alexis ULg

Conference (2008, October)

A method of determining the position of weeds growing in soil amongst crops is described. Is uses a camera to acquire stereoscopic images of plants.

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See detailTexture Classification with Generalized Fourier Descriptors in Dimensionality Reduction Context: an Overview Exploration
Journaux, Ludovic; Destain, Marie-France ULg; Miteran, Joel et al

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2008), 5064

In the context of texture classification, this article explores the capacity and the performance of some combinations of feature extraction, linear and nonlinear dimensionality reduction techniques and ... [more ▼]

In the context of texture classification, this article explores the capacity and the performance of some combinations of feature extraction, linear and nonlinear dimensionality reduction techniques and several kinds of classification methods. The performances are evaluated and compared in term of classification error. In order to test our texture classification protocol, the experiment carried out images from two different sources, the well known Brodatz database and our leaf texture images database. © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. [less ▲]

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See detailSelection of the most efficient wavelength bands for discriminating weeds from crop
Piron, Alexis ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg; Kleynen, O. et al

in Computers & Electronics in Agriculture (2008), 62(2), 141-148

The aim of this study was to select the best combination of filters for detecting various weed species located within carrot rows. In-field images were taken under artificial lighting with a multispectral ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to select the best combination of filters for detecting various weed species located within carrot rows. In-field images were taken under artificial lighting with a multispectral device consisting of a black and white camera coupled with a rotating wheel holding 22 interference filters in the VIS-NIR domain. Measurements were performed over a period of 19 days, starting 1 week after crop emergence (early weeding can increase yields) and seven different weeds species were considered. The selection of the best filter combination was based on a quadratic discriminant analysis. The best combination of filters included three interference filters, respectively centred on 450, 550 and 700 nm. With this combination, the overall classification accuracy (CA) was 72%. When using only two filters, a slight degradation of the CA was noticed. When the classification results were reported on field images, a systematic misclassification of carrot cotyledons appears. Better results were obtained with a more advanced growth stage. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOn-the-go georeferenced measurements of soil mechanical strength and differenciation of soil structure.
Destain, Marie-France ULg; Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Hanquet, Bernard et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2008)

Soil strength is defined as the resistance which as to be overcome to obtain a given soil deformation. Amongst the numerous methods developed to measure soil strength, two are classically used. On one ... [more ▼]

Soil strength is defined as the resistance which as to be overcome to obtain a given soil deformation. Amongst the numerous methods developed to measure soil strength, two are classically used. On one hand, a laboratory method based on triaxial tests of undisturbed soil samples allows the estimation of cohesion and internal friction angle by the Mohr-Coulomb equation. On the other hand, measuring soil penetration resistance by pushing a cone into a soil is a widely used technique. Both techniques deliver discontinuous field information and are not suited to produce digital soil mapping. The objectives of this paper are to present a sensor able to continuously measure soil strength variations. The sensor was constituted of a thin blade pulled in the soil at a constant depth and speed and a beam which transferred the soil-blade forces to a transducer fixed on a vehicle. The transducer measures the draft force Fx, the vertical force Fz and the moment My thanks to an octagonal ring dynamometer. A measurement chain was developed to acquire simultaneously the signals provides by the soil strength sensor and those of a DGPS. Signal processing was notably based on geostatistics and allows soil mapping [1]. Four fields representative of the soils used in silty areas for arable production in Belgium were selected. The measurements were repeated several times during 1999-2003. Targeted test plots were chosen in each field to perform reference measurements, namely granulometry, cohesion, friction angle, pF, water content, dry bulk density, and cone index. The within-field studies revealed high variability caused by texture, history, traffic, etc., and showed a correlation between the sensor signals and physical parameters, such as cone index and soil moisture, as long as no over-consolidation of the soil occurred [2]. To assess the similarity of soil strength between the fields, the data Fx, Fz and My were classified by using canonical variates (CV). The two first CV represented 95.9 % of the variability, which means that two main variables contain the essential part of the information. In a plane (Fz, Fx), three clusters could be distinguished. The first one (trials 1 and 5), characterized by a low draft and a high Fz, corresponded to trials performed in March on soils ploughed during the winter, naked or covered with small vegetation, and characterized by small values of cone index. The second one (trials 2, 3, 4, 7) with high values of Fx and Fz grouped measurements done just after wheat harvest in August. The third cluster (trials 6) corresponded to measurements performed during wheat growth. It may be concluded that the signals from the sensor treated by suited statistical analysis have the potential to differentiate soil structures at a field scale. REFERENCES [1] Sirjacobs D., Hanquet B., Lebeau F., Destain M.-F. (2002). On-line mechanical resistance mapping and correlation with soil physical properties for precision agriculture. Soil and Tillage Research 64, 231-242. [2] Hanquet B., Sirjacobs D., Destain M.-F., Frankinet M., Verbrugge J.-C. (2004). Analysis of soil variability measured with a soil strength sensor. Precision Agriculture, 5, 227-246. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of plant height for weed detection in stereoscopic images
Piron, Alexis ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg; Kleynen, Olivier et al

in AGENG 2008 Conference - Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering for a Sustainable World (2008)

The aim of this study was twofold. The first goal was to acquire high accuracy stereoscopic images of small-scale field scenes, the second to examine the potential of plant height as a discriminant factor ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was twofold. The first goal was to acquire high accuracy stereoscopic images of small-scale field scenes, the second to examine the potential of plant height as a discriminant factor between crop and weed, within carrot rows. Emphasis was put on how to determine actual plant height taking into account the variable distance from camera to ground and ground irregularities for in-field measurements. Multispectral stereoscopic images were taken over a period of 19 days starting one week after crop emergence and seven weed species were considered. Images were acquired with a mobile vision system consisting in a filter wheel based multispectral camera and a video projector. The stereoscopy technique used belonged to the coded structured light family. The stereoscopic acquisition method yielded good results despite the numerous stereoscopic difficulties exhibited by the scenes. A plant height parameter as opposed to distance from camera to plant pixels gave better results for classification (classification accuracy of up [less ▲]

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See detailImprovements of image processing for wheat ear counting
Cointault, Frédéric; Journaux, Ludovic; Miteran, Joel et al

in Agricultural and biosystems engineering for a sustainable world (2008)

One of the most important activity of agricultural research insititutes concerns the agronomical experiments done under different conditions needing many land observations and valuations to quantify ... [more ▼]

One of the most important activity of agricultural research insititutes concerns the agronomical experiments done under different conditions needing many land observations and valuations to quantify several variables. These observations, although generally accurate, are visually done by the agriculturist technicians and present numerous drawbacks: penibility, weak productivity, numerous labor force, limited sampling … Two feasibility studies lead in our laboratory recently have shown that some of the previous observations, and particularly the counting of the number of wheat ear per m², can be done by color and/or texture image processing for images taken directly in the field with a specific acquisition system. This paper describes the improvements of the previous studies concerning the image acquisition system, and especially the illumination control, and the justification of different hypothesis on the number of classes to detect in an image. The use of a cluster validity index has allowed to prove that 3 classes to determine all the objects in a wheat ear image are not sufficient. A correlation with a study based on the size of the analysis window is currently under investigation to improve the ear detection, which is now of 6%, compared to manual counting done by agriculturist technicians. [less ▲]

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See detailA Computer-Vision Based Precision Seed Drill Guidance Assistance
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Computers and Electronics In Agriculture (2007), 59(1-2),

This paper presents a control mechanism aiming to position seed drills relative to the previous lines, while sowing. The position was measured by a machine vision system and used in a feedback control ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a control mechanism aiming to position seed drills relative to the previous lines, while sowing. The position was measured by a machine vision system and used in a feedback control loop. An articulated mechanism was used to ensure the lateral displacement of the drill relative to the tractor. The behaviour of the whole outfit was studied during several field tests. The standard deviation of the error, measured as the difference between the observed inter-row distance and its set value, was 23 mm and its range was less than 100 mm, which was sufficient to fulfil the requirements of the application. Sources of systematic errors were also identified as linked to the geometric considerations. Their correction requires an accurate mounting of the camera, which may be possible for a serial montage. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des paramètres opératoires de pressage mécanique des amandes de Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn C.F. (karité)
Yé, S.; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2007), 11(4), 267-273

Study of the operational parameters of mechanical pressing of almonds of Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn C.F. (shea tree). Sheabutter is one of the most diffi cult oleaginous resources to extract by ... [more ▼]

Study of the operational parameters of mechanical pressing of almonds of Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn C.F. (shea tree). Sheabutter is one of the most diffi cult oleaginous resources to extract by traditional way. In Burkina Faso, where production of sheanuts is estimated at 70 000 tons per year, presses manufactured locally are used to improve the production. In order to optimize the handcraft process of sheabutter production, extraction parameters of Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn C.F. were studied under laboratory controlled conditions on 3 g samples of ground almonds using a uni-axial compression test machine specifi cally instrumented for this purpose. The studied operational parameters were the grinding (unsieved sample 0.5 mm<Ø<5 mm ; sieved samples 0.5 mm<Ø<1 mm ; 1 mm<Ø<2 mm ; 2 mm<Ø<4 mm ; 4 mm<Ø<5 mm), the heating temperature (30; 50; 70; 90; 110; 130; 150°C) and the extraction pressure (7; 10; 13.4; 15; 16.17; 17.44; 20; 22.43 and 25 MPa). The grinding has favourably infl uenced the extraction rate. The fi nest sieved fraction (0.5 mm<Ø<1 mm) presented the highest extraction rate, 84%. When using unsieved samples, the best results were obtained with a heating temperature of 90°C and an extraction pressure of 20 MPa. In these conditions, the extraction rate reached 78% and the chemical characteristics of the sheabutter were not altered. As a result, a signifi cant increase of the handcrafted presses effi ciency could be reached by simple and inexpensive modifi cations as an increase of the pressure applied to the product, by a decrease of the pressing chamber diameter. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling spray drift using a modified air pollution Gaussian tilting plume model
Stainier, Charles; Destain, Marie-France ULg; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

Poster (2007)

The objective of this research is to evaluate a Gaussian tilting plume model that takes into account the spray characteristics of agricultural nozzles to predict drift. The application of this type of ... [more ▼]

The objective of this research is to evaluate a Gaussian tilting plume model that takes into account the spray characteristics of agricultural nozzles to predict drift. The application of this type of model has proved to be effective for aerial pollution applications. To be applied successfully to the spray drift, the model has to give accurate predictions of the deposits regarding the spray and material characteristics as well as the weather parameters. To reach this objective, the model parameters must be correctly set based on appropriate theoretical basis and experimental data. Based on wind tunnel measurements, the effect of the most important characteristics of spray droplets from an agricultural nozzle has been modelled using a Gaussian tilting plume approach by discretizing the different droplet classes. Although the theoretical basis of the model is simple, the predicted drift appeared to be in relatively good agreement with the experimental results. The discrepancies could be explained by poor fitting of the dispersion model parameters. Further work is required to optimise the value of the model parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailAgricultural tools guidance assistance by using machine vision
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Proceedings of the NCTAM 2006 7th National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2006, May 30)

This paper presents a regulation mechanism aiming to position agricultural tools relatively to the previous lines, while sowing or harvesting. The sowing rows were revealed by a background correction, the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a regulation mechanism aiming to position agricultural tools relatively to the previous lines, while sowing or harvesting. The sowing rows were revealed by a background correction, the background being obtained thanks to a median rank filter. The method was found efficient in eliminating the shadows. For the crop rows (chicory rows), a neural network was used to localise the plants. While the petiole and the leaves were easily separated from the soil, the chicory root and the soil having about the same colour and the lighting condition varying widely, it was more difficult to obtain a good contrast between those parts, which leaves place for some improvements. The adapted Hough transform consisted in computing one transform for each line in the cluster with, for reference, the position and direction of the theoretical position of the row. The different transforms were then added. The position was used in a feedback regulation loop. An articulated mechanism was used to ensure the lateral displacement of the tool relatively to the tractor. The behaviour of the whole outfit was studied during several field tests. The standard deviation of the error, measured as the difference between the observed inter-row distance and its theoretica value, was of 23 mm for sowing and 31 mm for harvesting and its amplitude was less than 100 mm for sowing and less than 115 mm during the harvest, which was sufficient to fulfil the requirements of the application. Sources of systematic errors were also identified as linked to the geometric considerations. Their correction requires an accurate mounting of the camera, which may be possible for a serial montage. [less ▲]

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See detailWind tunnel protocol for spray drift assessment
stainier, Charles; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg et al

Conference (2006, April 11)

The objective of wind tunnel protocol is to measure spray drift in a reproducible way in order to evaluate the relative drift potential

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See detailExperimental evaluation of a spray drift Gaussian tilting plume model.
Stainier, Charles; Robaye, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg et al

in Aspects of Applied Biology (2006), 77(2), 365-370

This paper evaluates the application of a Gaussian tilting plume model to study agricultural spraying drift. The spray drift deposit of each droplet diameter class, measured by a laser particle analyser ... [more ▼]

This paper evaluates the application of a Gaussian tilting plume model to study agricultural spraying drift. The spray drift deposit of each droplet diameter class, measured by a laser particle analyser, is computed independently and summed to give footprint results for different nozzle. The methodology is used to model the drift from a fiat fan nozzle operating in a wind tunnel. Discrepancies with experimental data and the potential for further improvement of this approach are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the entrained air and initial droplet velocity on the release height parameter of a Gaussian spray drift model.
Stainier, C.; Destain, Marie-France ULg; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2006), 71(2 Pt A),

The increased concern about environmental effect of off-target deposits of pesticides use has resulted in the development of numerous spray drift models. Statistical models based on experimental field ... [more ▼]

The increased concern about environmental effect of off-target deposits of pesticides use has resulted in the development of numerous spray drift models. Statistical models based on experimental field studies are used to estimate off-target deposits for different sprayers in various environmental conditions. Random-walk and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models have been used to predict the effect of operational parameters and were extensively validated in wind tunnel. A third group, Gaussian dispersion models have been used for several years for the environmental assessment of the pesticide spray drift, mainly for aerial application. When these models were used for the evaluation of boom sprayer spray drift, their predictions were found unreliable in the short range, were the initial release conditions of the droplets have a significant effect on the spray deposits. For longer ranges, the results were found consistent with the field measurements as the characteristics of the source have a reduced influence on the small droplets drift. Three major parameters must be taken into account in order to define realistic initial conditions of the droplets in a spray drift model: the spray pattern of the nozzle, the boom movements and the effect of entrained air and droplet velocities. To take theses parameters into account in a Gaussian model, the nozzle droplet size distribution measured with a Malvern laser particle analyser was used to divide the nozzle output into several size classes. The spray deposits of each diameter class was computed for each successive position of the nozzle combining the nozzle spray distribution with drift computed with a Gaussian tilting plume model. The summation of these footprints resulted in the global drift of the nozzle. For increasing droplet size, the release height used in the Gaussian model was decreased from nozzle height to ground level using an experimental law to take into account the effect of entrained air and droplet initial velocity. The experimental law was adjusted on 2m/s wind tunnel measurements and robustness was evaluated for 1 and 4 m/s. [less ▲]

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