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M.Sc. EXIT SEMINAR
Isolation of Damaging Vibrations to Strawberries being Transported by a Robotic Harvest-aid
In an effort to improve picker efficiency and working conditions, a team of inexpensive, relatively small, harvest-aiding mobile robots is being developed at the University of California – Davis, which will aid human pickers by transporting fragile crops from the pickers to loading stations at the edges of the field. This thesis focuses on the design of the carrying tray for the flat of strawberries to maintain strawberry quality. In addition to being designed to reduce damage to strawberries, the tray has been designed to be easy and safe to use by the picker. In addition, this work also presents a dynamic model to predict the Power Spectrum Density (PSD) of an isolator design, with the input to the model being chassis acceleration. Model output was compared to experimental data for model validation. The results indicate that the simulation model is similar to the PSD curve of the tray over uneven terrain.
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