PAMI’s terramechanics stand (also commonly known as a soil bin) allows for the interaction between soil and soil-engaging tools to be studied in a controlled environment. The carriage of the stand allows for custom mounting of different sizes and configurations of tools allowing for the study of:
- optimal seed and fertilizer placement
- draft measurements
- soil compaction
- tire traction
- rolling resistance
- soil/tool interaction
- control strategies for soil engaging tools
- effectiveness of land mine clearing tools
When used in conjunction with PAMI’s extensive data acquisition and video capabilities, a wide range of performance data can be acquired from the various mechanical components while the tools are engaged with the soil.
Terramechanics Stand Specifications
|Length (Soil)||48 ft||14.6 m|
|Width (Soil)||7.5 ft||2.3 m|
|Depth (Soil)||2.5 ft||0.76 m|
|Speed||3 mph||4.8 km/h|
|Vertical Loading Table||10,000 lb||44.5 kN|
|Vertical Adjustment||4 ft||1.2 m|
|Remote Hydraulic Motor||10 hp||7.5 kW|
|Drive Hydraulic Motor||30 hp||22.4 kW|
Wide variety of attachments can be custom mounted.
Using the terramechanics stand through the product design and development process allows:
- Repeatable testing in consistent conditions.
- Year round testing as a result of being located in doors.
- Comparative testing of multiple tools.
- Can be customized for other types of projects that can benefit from the linear carriage motion.
University of Saskatchewan
- Soil Translocation with Tillage Tools
- Performance of Powered-Disc Coulters Under No-Till Crop Residue in the Soil Bin
- Mechanics of soil-blade interaction
- Journal of Terramechanics
*The Terramechanics Stand is supported through co-operation with Western Canada Testing Inc.