400 pages, 178 illus
The third edition of this book exposes the reader to a wide array of engineering principles and their application to agriculture. It presents an array of more or less independent topics to facilitate daily assessments or quizzes, and aims to enhance the students' problem solving ability. Each chapter contains objectives, worked examples and sample problems are included at the end of each chapter. This book was first published in the late 60's by AVI. It remains relevant for post secondary classes in Agricultural Engineering Technology and Agricultural Mechanics, and secondary agriculture teachers.
Techniques of problem solving. Significant figures and standard form. Simple machines. Work, power, horsepower, and torque. Internal combustion engines. Power trains. Tractors and power units. Equipment efficiency and capacity. Equipment calibration. Economics of agricultural machinery. Sound and noise. Measuring distances. Land measurement. Angles and areas. Land descriptions. Surveying. Differential and profile. Topographic. Weather. Water runoff. Erosion: wind and water. Erosion control. Principles of irrigation. Management of irrigation systems. Handling, drying, and storage of biological products. Animal waste management. Heating and air conditioning. Insulation and heat transfer. Ventilation. Principles of electricity. Electrical circuits. Voltage drop and sizing conductors. Types of and selection of electric motors.
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Harry L. Field is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Mechanics in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. John B. Solie is a Professor of Biomachinery in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University.