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Advanced Technology students course project work on Energy Efficient Sensor Based Control of a Greenhouse Model accepted at an international forum.
Sensor based automatic control is an intrinsic part of any present day modern greenhouses. The function of the climate control takes care of maintaining a protected environment despite fluctuations in the external weather, and it acts as a program memory, which can be operated by the grower as a tool to steer the cultivation. However, as opposed to the popular notion that the green house climate control is an expensive technology to implement, Applied Science Electromechanical Engineering Technology students at Alcorn State University have successfully identified and demonstrated realization of a control system using inexpensive off-the-shelf equipments through a scaled down model of a green house.
Claude Jackson and Antwan Peake worked with Dr. Jyotirmay Gadewadikar (Instructor, Senior Design Project), Dr. Ognjen Kuljaca (Program Leader, Robotics and Automation), and Dr. Steve Adzanu (Program Leader, Electromechanical Engineering Technology) in the Department of Advanced Technologies, School of Areas, and successfully presented directions on design of advanced controllers for a dynamical greenhouse model. Implementation recommendations and results on industry-like test beds are rarely published in research literature; the result of this work has been accepted in an international peer reviewed conference Error! Reference source not found..
The Results include
• Development of a demonstrative test bed to implement the control algorithms.
• Design of the sensing and measurement system.
• Realization and Electronic fabrication of the moisture detection measurement unit.
• Design of the Control System.
• Control System Algorithm Design
Implementation of Control System Algorithms using in-expensive off-the-shelf components.
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