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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9827926, 9 pages
Research Article

Experimental Study of Vibrational Acceleration Spread and Comparison Using Three Citrus Canopy Shaker Shaking Tines

1College of Engineering, South China Agricultural University, 483 Wushan Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510642, China
2School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, 5200 N. Lake Road, SE2-282, Merced, CA 95343, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Tian-Hu Liu; moc.621@ekalarapuil

Received 5 June 2017; Revised 22 August 2017; Accepted 14 September 2017; Published 19 October 2017

Academic Editor: Carlo Trigona

Copyright © 2017 Tian-Hu Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The goal of this article is to experimentally study how the vibrational acceleration spreads along the branch shaken by PVC tine, steel tine, and nylon tine for citrus canopy shaking harvesting and to compare the difference. PVC tine and steel tine have potential to be used as shaking rod for citrus canopy shaking harvesting. Nylon tine is a commonly used shaking rod. A tractor-mounted canopy shaker was developed to do the trial. The shaking frequency was set at 2.5 and 5 Hz. Experimental results showed that the vibrational acceleration at the shaking spot is not the highest. Spreading from shaking spot to the stem, it increases evidently. When spreading from stems of the outside subbranch to stems of the nearest inside subbranch, its average decrease percentage is 42%. The overall vibrational acceleration of shaking at 5 Hz is 1.85 times as high as shaking at 2.5 Hz. The overall vibrational acceleration exerted by straight PVC tine and steel tine is 1.77 and 1.97 times as high as that exerted by straight nylon tine, respectively. It is indicated that replacing nylon tine with steel tine or PVC tine helps remove the fruits inside the canopy. Replacing with steel tine is more effective than with PVC tine.