Lygus Vacuum Optimization

Overview


This project proposes a next-generation Lygus vacuum with increased system performance for Lygus bug removal during strawberry production. Multiple models are designed and compared. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Discrete Phase Modeling (DPM), system performance is evaluated. The use of cylindrical ducting and faster fan speeds has been shown to significantly increase airflow and resultant Lygus removal. This project demonstrates the use of numerical models to expedite the development of on-farm equipment.



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Meet the Researcher

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Jack Wells

Cal Poly Undergraduate Program

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