Automated soil hardness testing machine

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Sanathkumara, Kumarapelige N. and Cubero, Samuel N.. 2007. "Automated soil hardness testing machine." Bradbeer, Robin and Ku, Kenneth (ed.) 14th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision In Practice (M2VIP 2007). Xiamen, China 03 - 05 Dec 2007 Hong Kong. https://doi.org/10.1109/MMVIP.2007.4430747
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Automated soil hardness testing machine

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsSanathkumara, Kumarapelige N. (Author) and Cubero, Samuel N. (Author)
EditorsBradbeer, Robin and Ku, Kenneth
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 14th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP 2007)
ERA Conference ID43911
Number of Pages6
Year2007
Place of PublicationHong Kong
ISBN9781424413584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1109/MMVIP.2007.4430747
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=4430747
Conference/Event14th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision In Practice (M2VIP 2007)
Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice
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Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice
M2VIP
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Event Details
14th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision In Practice (M2VIP 2007)
Parent
International Conference on Machine Vision and Mechatronics in Practice
Delivery
In person
Event Date
03 to end of 05 Dec 2007
Event Location
Xiamen, China
Abstract

This paper describes the design and performance of a mechatronic system for controlling a standard drop-hammer mechanism that is commonly used in performing outdoor soil or ground hardness tests. A low-cost microcontroller is used to control a hydraulic actuator to repeatedly lift and drop a standard free-falling weight that strikes a pipe (sampler) which is pushed deeper into the ground with each impact. The depth of the sampler pipe and position of the hydraulic cylinder are constantly monitored and the number of drops, soil penetration data and other variables are recorded in a database for future analysis. This device, known as the “EVH Trip Hammer”, allows the full automation and faster completion of what is typically a very labour-intensive and slow testing process that can involve human error and the risk of human injuries.

Keywordssoil; hardness; testing; trip hammer; microcontroller; hydraulic; control; sensors
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400799. Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
410605. Soil physics
400707. Manufacturing robotics
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Byline AffiliationsCurtin University of Technology
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
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