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VARIATION OF SPRAY DEPOSITION WITHIN CITRUS GROVES DUE TO WIND CONDITIONS By AHMED AL JUMAILI A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2013
2013 Ahmed Al Jumaili
3 I dedicate this work to my m om who has been waiting for my graduation to see me; to the soul of my father who had I knew that Ahmed will be away from us for more to my wife Noor who has been fully supporting; to my daughters and son Maysra, Zinah, Usur, Maria, and Muhammad the beautiful flowers in my life; to my brothers a nd sisters who always pray for my success
4 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The process of planning, conducting, and bringing my PhD work to the end could not be done by myself alone. Many people were helping, giving advice, supporting and encouraging me to complete it. At this point, I would like to present my deep hearted thanks for everyone who has helped or just said an encouraging word towards the completion of my work. First, I thank Allah for giving me the knowledge, patience, and health during the hardships of my life. Second, I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Masoud Salyani, P rofessor of Agricult ural and Biological Engineering Dr. Salyani has been advising, guiding, and giving plenty of his time to bring my work to this point. I learned a lot from him, es pecially about the way of handling a real world issue, exploring it scientifically, and finding an answer to it. Sometimes, he pushed me hard to move forward while in others, he was advising, encouraging, and highlighting my strength. In all cases, his gui dance has helped me to progress. Dr. Salyani was very patient and wise in guiding me through the process of my study. As well, my thanks and appreciations are extended to the following members of my supervisory committee for their guidance, advice, and co mments during the study and exams c onduction: Dr. John Schueller, P rofessor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering ; Dr. Tom Burks, A ssociate P rofessor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Dr. Daniel Lee, P rofessor of Agricultural and Biological En gineering; and Dr. Larry Duncan, P rofessor of Entomology and Nematology. In addition, I took courses with some members of my supervisory committee. They taught me a lot and they all were very helpful, respectful, and patient.
5 My thanks are extended to the Iraqi government, represented by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for giving me the opportunity to pursue my degree at the University of Florida. Also, I am thankful to Prof. Abdul Hadi Al Khalili, MD the Iraqi Cultural Attach an d his colleagues at the Iraqi Cultural Office in Washington, DC for their support and follow up during my study. Life is full of hardships; however, remember, there are always people who stand and work silently to ease these difficulties. I am very gratefu l to the following people for their reaction, assistance, and contribution during the cutoff of my scholarship: Dr. Ray Bucklin, P rofessor and g raduate coordinator of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Dr. Henry Frierson, P rofessor and Dean of the Graduate School at UF; Mr. Matt Mitterko the c oordinator of i nternational s tudent e nrollment at the Graduate School at UF ; Dr. Nabil Killiny, A ssistant P rofessor of Entomology and Nematology; and Dr. Reza Ehsani, A ssociate P rofessor of Agr icultural and Biological Engineering. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge Mr. Roy Sweeb, senior engineering technician who worked with me in the laboratory and field experiments from the beginning of my study to the end. He helped me a lot. He also wa s very organized and knowledgeable about the work process. My thanks are also extended to Dr. Lav Khot, Dr. Faraj Hijaz, Dr. Peter Larbi, and Dr. Ashish Mishra, post doctorates and Mr. Ibrahim El Shesheny, a PhD student in the Citrus Research and Education Center at UF for their help during the conductance of the field experiments. They were very helpful and without their assistance, it would have been difficult to do the experiments.
6 My thanks also go to Mr. John Strange, the production manager of the Gap way Groves Corp. in Auburndale, Fla. for giving me the opportunity to use his citrus grove to conduct the main experiment of my study. Also, I would like to thank Dr. Steve Futch, E xtension P rofessor and Mr. Troy Gainey, the grove manager in the Citrus Res earch and Education Center for giving me the opportunity to use their tractors and equipment during the experiment al work A special thank is going to my mom who has always been praying for my success. She has been very patient and emotionally supportive. Special thanks are extended to the one who has always been supporting me, standing by my side, and lighting my strengths for success, my wife, Noor. Without her support, I might not have accomplished the work. In addition, I would like to thank the flower s that filled my life with happiness: my daughters, Maysra, Zinah, Usur, Maria, and my son, Muhammad. My thanks go to people who provide the emotional support and encouragement, my brothers and sisters. Finally, I cannot forget the assistance and effort of my friend, Mr. Kamal Azawi, a civil engineer in the State Board of the Agricultural Research in Iraq who kept me connected with my job there. My thanks are extended to those who had helped me but I unintentionally forgot to mention their names here. I ask them to forgive me. May Allah bless all who had helped.
7 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ................................ ................................ ............................... 4 LIST OF TABLES ................................ ................................ ................................ .......... 10 LIST OF FIGURES ................................ ................................ ................................ ........ 11 ABSTRACT ................................ ................................ ................................ ................... 14 CHAPTER INTRODUCTION ................................ ................................ ................................ .... 17 1 1.1 Problem Statement ................................ ................................ ........................... 18 1.2 Dissertation Objectives ................................ ................................ ..................... 19 LITERATURE REVIEW ................................ ................................ .......................... 21 2 Factors Affecting Spray Distribution in Citrus ................................ .......................... 21 2.1 Wind Condition ................................ ................................ ................................ 21 2.2 Ground Speed ................................ ................................ ................................ .. 25 2.3 Airflow ................................ ................................ ................................ ............... 27 2.4 Spray Height ................................ ................................ ................................ ..... 29 2.5 Spray Distance ................................ ................................ ................................ 30 2.6 Application Volume ................................ ................................ ........................... 31 2.7 Droplet Size ................................ ................................ ................................ ...... 33 2.8 Sprayer Type ................................ ................................ ................................ .... 34 2.9 Axial Flow Fans ................................ ................................ ................................ 35 2.10 Cross Flow Fans ................................ ................................ ............................. 37 Low Profile Outlets ................................ ................................ ................ 37 2.10.1 Air Tower Outlets ................................ ................................ ................... 38 2.10.2 Tu nnel Sprayer ................................ ................................ ...................... 39 2.10.3 WIND VARIABILITY IN CITRUS SPRAY APPLICATIONS ................................ ..... 40 3 3.1 Materials and Methods ................................ ................................ ...................... 42 Data Collection ................................ ................................ ...................... 42 3.1.1 Data Analysis ................................ ................................ ......................... 44 3.1.2 3.2 Results and Discussion ................................ ................................ ..................... 46 GROVE Wind Data Correction ................................ .............................. 46 3.2.1 GROVE and FAWN Comparison ................................ ........................... 48 3.2.2 188.8.131.52 Win d velocity ................................ ................................ ............. 48 184.108.40.206 Wind direction ................................ ................................ ........... 49 220.127.116.11 Wind velocity difference versus direction ................................ .. 50 Within the GROVE Comparisons ................................ ........................... 51 3.2.3
8 18.104.22.168 Measurement height effect ................................ ....................... 53 22.214.171.124 Comparison of re cording intervals ................................ ............ 55 Prediction of Wind Velocity ................................ ................................ .... 56 3.2.4 126.96.36.199 Above the canopy height ................................ .......................... 56 188.8.131.52 Within the canopy height ................................ ........................... 56 184.108.40.206 Wind velocity ratios ................................ ................................ ... 59 DISTORTION OF SIMULATED AIR J ET OF AIR ASSISTED SPRAYER AND 4 CHANGES IN ITS DEPOSITION DUE TO THE AMBIENT WIND .......................... 61 4.1 Materials and Methods ................................ ................................ ...................... 63 Air Jet D istortion ................................ ................................ .................... 63 4.1.1 220.127.116.11 System simulation ................................ ................................ ..... 63 18.104.22.168 Data collection ................................ ................................ .......... 63 22.214.171.124 Sensor angle ................................ ................................ ............. 64 126.96.36.199 Air jet velocity reduction ................................ ............................ 65 188.8.131.52 Air jet direction deflection ................................ .......................... 66 Deposition Study ................................ ................................ .................... 67 4.1.2 184.108.40.206 Droplet trajectory deflection ................................ ...................... 69 220.127.116.11 Deposition quantification ................................ ........................... 70 Experiment Procedure and Design ................................ ........................ 71 4.1.3 4.2 Results and Discussion ................................ ................................ ..................... 72 Air Jet Velocity Reduction ................................ ................................ ...... 72 4.2.1 Deflection of the Air Jet Direction ................................ .......................... 73 4.2.2 Droplet Traject ory Deflection ................................ ................................ 75 4.2.3 Deposition Quantification ................................ ................................ ....... 76 4.2.4 4.3 Uncertainty ................................ ................................ ................................ ........ 77 VARIATION IN THE DEPOSITION OF AN AIR ASSISTED SPRAYER DUE TO 5 THE AMBIENT WIND IN AN OPEN AREA ................................ ............................. 80 5.1 Materials and Methods ................................ ................................ ...................... 81 Field Area ................................ ................................ .............................. 81 5.1.1 Sampling Locations ................................ ................................ ............... 81 5.1.2 Target Making ................................ ................................ ........................ 82 5.1.3 Sprayer and tracer characteristics ................................ ......................... 83 5.1.4 Sprayer Calibration ................................ ................................ ................ 83 5.1.5 Data Collection ................................ ................................ ...................... 86 5.1.6 Weather Data Collection ................................ ................................ ........ 87 5.1.7 Data Analysis ................................ ................................ ......................... 87 5.1.8 5.2 Results and Discus sion ................................ ................................ ..................... 90 Sprayer Calibration ................................ ................................ ................ 90 5.2.1 Wind Condition ................................ ................................ ...................... 91 5.2.2 Crosswind ................................ ................................ .............................. 91 5.2 .3 Parallel Wind ................................ ................................ ......................... 96 5.2.4 Driving Direction ................................ ................................ .................... 97 5.2.5
9 WIND EFFECTS ON SPRAY DISTRIBUTION IN CITRUS ................................ .. 100 6 6.1 Notes From the Preliminary Test in Open Field ................................ .............. 100 6.2 Materials and Met hods ................................ ................................ .................... 101 Grove Description ................................ ................................ ................ 101 6.2.1 Data Collection ................................ ................................ .................... 102 6.2.2 Wind Condition ................................ ................................ .................... 103 6 .2.3 Data Analysis ................................ ................................ ....................... 103 6.2.4 6.3 Results and Discussion ................................ ................................ ................... 107 Wind Condition ................................ ................................ .................... 107 6.3.1 Spray Parameters Effect ................................ ................................ ...... 108 6.3.2 Crosswind Effect ................................ ................................ .................. 111 6.3.3 Parallel Wind Effect ................................ ................................ ............. 116 6.3.4 Deposition Variability ................................ ................................ ........... 116 6.3.5 OVERALL CONCLUSION AND FU TURE WORK ................................ ................ 118 7 7.1 Conclusion ................................ ................................ ................................ ...... 118 7.2 Future Work ................................ ................................ ................................ .... 119 LIST OF REF ERENCES ................................ ................................ ............................. 120 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ................................ ................................ .......................... 126
10 LIST OF TABLES Table Page 3 1 Absolute values of the differences in wind direction measured by the GROVE and FAWN stations. ................................ ................................ ............................ 50 3 2 Wind velocity differences (m/s) between GROVE and FAWN in relation to the wind direction. ................................ ................................ ................................ ..... 51 4 1 Droplet generator system settings for the discharged droplet sizes. .................. 70 5 1 Specifications of the Blue and Lilac nozzles. ................................ ...................... 84 5 2 Flow rate (L/min) for the Blue and Lilac nozzles at both sprayer sides. .............. 91 6 1 Wind condition during the experiment conduction. ................................ ........... 108
11 LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page 3 1 The weather station set up within a citrus grove (Photo courtesy of author, Ahmed Al Jumaili). ................................ ................................ ............................. 43 3 2 Comparison between wind velocity (solid lines) and direction (dotted lines) recorded by the FAWN and GROVE stations at 10 m height (15 min interval). 47 3 3 Relationship between GROVE and FAWN wind velocities. ................................ 49 3 4 Relationship between GROVE and FAWN wind direction.. ................................ 50 3 5 Typical trends of wind velocity (top) and direction (bottom) for a 1 min recording period. ................................ ................................ ................................ 52 3 6 Relationship between wind velocities (top) and directions (bottom) recorded at the 10.0 an d 3.6 m heights. ................................ ................................ ............ 53 3 7 Maximum wind velocities at the 10.0 and 3.6 m heights. ................................ .... 54 3 8 Variability of wind velocity at differen t measuring intervals. ................................ 55 3 9 Relationships between wind velocity averages recorded at different heights within the grove at 15 min interval. ................................ ................................ ..... 57 3 10 Relationships between wind velocity maximums at different heights. ................. 58 3 11 The change in maximum wind velocity ratio within the canopy height.. .............. 59 4 1 Top view sketch of anemometer sensor movement within the measuring area. ................................ ................................ ................................ ................... 64 4 2 Top view sketch of sensor tip angles rel ative to air jet direc tion. ........................ 6 5 4 3 Air jet velocity measured at the 12 tracks under no wind condition. ................... 66 4 4 Locations of air velocity maximums wit h regression fits.. ................................ ... 67 4 5 Velocity reduction of the air jet due to crosswind under different air outlet sizes (left) and wind directions (right). ................................ ................................ 74 4 6 Deflection of the air jet due to crosswind for different air outlet sizes (left) and wind directions (right). ................................ ................................ ....................... 74 4 7 Changes in the trajectories of different drop let sizes (right) at different outlet sizes (left) due to crosswind. ................................ ................................ ............. 75
12 4 8 Deposition of different droplet sizes under the effect of crosswind (left) a nd air jet outlet size (right). ................................ ................................ ...................... 77 5 1 Sketch of the target locations in the spray test in open field. .............................. 82 5 2 Sketch of an artificial target (tissue paper) used in the open field experiment. ... 83 5 3 The relationship between fluorescence readings at 1X and the dye concentration g/L (p pb). ................................ ................................ .................... 89 5 4 Wind effect on deposition ratio on both sprayer si des. ................................ ...... 92 5 5 Wind effect on deposition at 3 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (l eft) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ ................................ .... 94 5 6 Wind effect on deposition at 6 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ ................................ .... 95 5 7 Wi nd effect on deposition at 9.0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (le ft) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ ................................ ... 95 5 8 Effect of parallel wind on deposition at 3.0 m distance from both s ides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ .................. 96 5 9 Effect of parallel wind on deposition at 6.0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ .................. 97 5 10 Effect of parallel wind on deposition at 9.0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. ................................ .................. 98 5 11 Parallel wind effect on the deposition under headwind and tailwind. .................. 99 6 1 Sketch of the field experiment showing tree locations (dots), treatment plots (rectangl es), and the sampling locations (L1 L5). ................................ .......... 105 6 2 Sketch of the headwind, tailwind, upwind, and downwind categories based on the wind and sprayer travel directions. ................................ ........................ 107 6 3 Deposition means of independent variables of the citrus grove test. ............... 109 6 4 Effect of travel direction and travel speed on the deposition of e ach nozzle. ... 110 6 5 Mean spray deposition at different locations from the sprayer for Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles. ................................ ................................ ................... 111 6 6 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles at the second row (L3, L4, and L5) upwind at fast travel. ................................ 113
13 6 7 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles at the second row (L5) upwind at fast travel. ................................ .................... 113 6 8 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles at the second r ow (L5) upwind at slow travel. ................................ ................... 114 6 9 Crosswind effects on the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles deposition at the second row (L5) downwind at fast travel. ................................ ......................... 114 6 10 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac nozzle collected at the second row (L4) downwind at slow travel. ................................ ................................ ..... 115 6 11 Crosswind effect on the d eposition ratio (L3/L2) of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles collected at the upwind and downwind. ................................ ..... 115
14 Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Parti al Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy VARIATION OF SPRAY DEPOSITION WITHIN CITRUS GROVES DUE TO WIND CONDITIONS By Ahmed Al Jumaili December 2013 Chair: Masoud Salyani Major: Agricultural and Biological Engineering I n citrus groves, pesticides are usually applied with the assistance of air jet s produced by air blast sprayers. The air jet transports the spray droplets to the tree canopy and helps them penetrate within the canopy. The movement of the air jet and spray d roplets is normally affected by the ambient wind; hence, the wind could change the deposition distribution. The main objective was to quantify the variability in the deposition due to the ambient wind. The research reported here involved four experiments: a) wind variability data collection, b) laboratory test of wind effect on the movement of a simulated air jet and its deposition, c) experimental study under field condition s in an open area (no trees), and d) spray test in a citrus grove. The objective of the wind variability experiment was to compare data recorded by the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) (outside the grove at 10.0 m above the ground) with the measurements made within a citrus grove (GROVE) at different heights. Wind speed and direc tion within the grove and those outside were highly correlated However, their averages were different. Within the grove, wind velocity reduced as moving down along the canopy height. At the same time, wind velocity of
15 1.5 m/s or less, recorded at 10 m hei ght, resulted in almost zero wind velocity at lower heights. In the laboratory test, the objective was to determine the effect of simulated wind on the movement of a simulated air jet of an air blast sprayer and the droplet trajectory. A piezo electric no zzle droplet generator was used to generate different spray droplet spectra. Deionized water was used as spray liquid. The velocity of the air jet normally reduced as it moved away from the outlet However, applying 1.2 and 2.2 m/s crosswinds further reduc ed the air jet velocities measured at 85 cm from the outlet by 11% and 20%, respectively. Wind effects were related to the wind direction. Perpendicular crosswind resulted in the highest velocity reduction. The high velocity wind resulted in the highest de flecting distance of 12.3 cm for the air jet discharged from small outlet. Increasing the air jet outlet size mitigated the wind effect and reduced the deflection to 8.1 cm. The smallest droplet size was deflected more than the largest droplets. A crosswin d of 2.2 m/s reduced the overall deposition on the intended target by 32%. However, increasing the droplet size mitigated the wind effect. In both open area and citrus grove tests, a tracer of Pyranine 10G was applied using an air blast sprayer driven at 2 and 6 km/h in 2 directions and using 2 Albuz ATR Lilac and Blue nozzles. In the open area test, deposition was sampled on artificial targets from three distances at each side of the sprayer However, citrus leaves collected from first and second tree ro w on the right side only of the sprayer were used to sample the deposition in the citrus grove test. Fluorometric analysis was made of the samples from the two tests to determine the deposition. Leaf area measurements were also made. In the open area test increasing the crosswind increased the deposition
16 downwind at all the distances. However, it increased the deposition at 3 m upwind only and decreased it at the 6 and 9 m Increasing the wind speed increased deposition variability upwind. At 9 m upwind, targets collected almost zero droplets. Increasing the parallel wind slightly decreased the deposition on both sides at all distances. However, d riving in two opposite direction s under windy condition s increased the deposition at tailwind and reduced it at headwind. Ambient wind conditions within citrus groves were significantly different from those outside the groves. Wind reduced the velocity of a simulated air jet by about 20% and deflected its direction by about 12 cm, measured at 85 cm from the outlet and hence reduced the overall deposition average by 34%. Under field conditions, the deposition downwind was twice as much as the one collected upwind. Also, t he ambient wind significantly reduced the overall deposition collected on both sprayer sides. T hus, spraying under windy conditions will result in a non uniform deposition between the two sides of the sprayer and between the two directions of the sprayer travel.
17 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Controlling pest s in citrus groves is of utmost importance for the grower s and researchers. To accomplish that ultimate goal, the tree canopies are usually sprayed with different pesticides. In Florida, citrus trees grow and develo p to about five to six meters h igh and about four meters wide Apply ing the pesticides directly (n o air assistance) onto these large canopies will deposit most of the materials on the outer sides of the canopy and reduce the coverage uniformity, especially at the top and inner parts of the canopy. Thus, transport ing the sprayed materials to the canopy and help ing them to penetrate within the canopy and contaminate the whole tree, will relatively improve the pest control in citrus. An air stream was found to be very useful in moving the spray droplets to the whole tree and help them penetrate within the canopy. Therefore, air assisted sprayers became the most popular equipment used in citrus applications ( Cunningham and Harden, 1998a ) The sprayers use axial flow, cross flow or centrifugal fans to discharge airflow and application materials towards the whole tree canopy. Moving the airflow with the spray droplets along the distance to the top parts of the canopy will reduce its energy and velocity and hence, make it more vulnerable to the wind effect. In addition, th e top parts of the canopy are relatively denser than the lower parts; therefore, the airflow needs to be able to penetrate within them. Wind could reduce the velocity of the air jet and, hence reduce its efficiency to transport the pesticide droplets to th e targets and therefore reduce the efficacy of pest control. Wind could also shift the droplet direction. Any portion of the pesticide that does not reach the intended target could be an environmental hazard in addition to be wastage of the material. There fore, pesticide losses should be minimized as much as possible. Wind
18 could come at any speed and from any direction. At the same time, it cannot be avoided completely during the spray application. Due to the absence of suitable wind conditions during most applications and the urgency to control a pest outbreak, sprays are often applied in relatively windy conditions ( Reichard et al., 1979 ) Thus, using the air assisted sprayers in citrus application under windy condition is va lid but h andling the situation in a way that could minimize the wind effect is of concern 1.1 Problem S tatement In citrus groves pesticides are usually applied by different types of air assisted sprayers. The movement of the sprayer air jet and the trajecto ries of spray droplets are influenced by the ambient wind. Therefore, it is advised to avoid spray when wind speed is greater than 4.5 m/s ( Salya ni, 2013 ) However, specifying how a wind speed range limit s wind effects on the spray is still not established. Wind directly affects the air jet movement. A crosswind could shift the air jet direction to about 0.5 m away ( Endalew et al., 2010 ) C hang es in the air jet direction will directly reduce the deposition on the intended targets due to changing the spray droplet trajectories. Wind that affects the air jet direction will also reduce its velocity and hence, fewer amounts of droplets will reach the targets. D eflected spray droplets could be redirected either to another target (causing varied deposition distribution, and hence poor biological efficacy ) or to sensitive off targets (creating environmental contamination issues) In both cases, the droplet deflection needs to be minimized. Regardless wind effects on the air jet depend on its speed and direct ion ( Fox et al., 1985 ) Wind conditions within the canopy height usually differ from those abo ve the canopy level or outside the grove to some extent. The t ree canopy could reduce the wind velocity to about 1% to 5% of those recorded 61 m above the canopy level
19 ( Baynton et al., 1965 ) In general, wind conditions are given as averages for some periods of interest. F or example, Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) reports wind conditions based on a 15 min interval s However, the conditions may vary substantially within the reporting period. For example, within 20 s only, chosen randomly from a spray time, wind spe ed fluctuated between 2.7 to 8.2 m/s ( Koch et al., 2005 ) These momentary changes in wind conditions might become inconspicuous by the data averaging However, in field spray treatments, sprayer applications face such variations in wind conditions, which may alter the droplet trajectory and hence affect the deposition distribution to some extent Wind conditions usually are measured at about 2 and 10 m heights ( ASABE Standa rds, 2009 ) outside the grove. However, knowing the s e conditions within the canopy height might be more relevant to understand the deposition variability on canopy. Droplet size directly affect s its moving speed and trajectory ( Bagherpour et al., 2012 ) which could lead to changes in the deposition The sprayer airflow also affects the deposition on the canopy ( Farooq and Salyani, 2004 ) Thus, different sprayer designs (diversity in the air jet volumes, velocities, and directions) might react differently towards the sam e wind condition. Examining these variables under windy condi tions will be useful for sprayer design and for variable rate sprayers. 1.2 Dissertation O bjectives The main objective of this study is to quantify the variability in the spray deposition in citrus due to the ambient wind. T o accomplish that goal, the following sub objectives were established. 1 Characterize the variability of ambient wind in citrus groves. 2 Determine wind condition effects on the air jet movement toward targets.
20 3 Determine the effects of different air jet outlets and droplet size spectra on the variability of spray deposition under different wind conditions. 4 Quantify the deposition variability of air assisted sprayers under field conditions.
21 CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE REVIEW Factors A ffecting S pray D istribution in C itrus Air blast sprayers are the most popular equipment used in Florida citrus applications. They use different fan types to discharge airflow to transfer the spray droplets to the tree canopy. T he deposition coverage on the top zones of the canopy is expected to be less ( Derksen and Breth, 1994 ) because they are denser than other canopy parts and also far away from the sprayer outlet. As a solution a sprayer that uses assist ed air tower to discharge airflow and materials relatively horizontally towards tree canopy along the canopy height is also developed and used in citrus applications. Increasing the tr avel speed of these sprayers will increase their productivity and hence, save time and labor. In this case, the spraying volume rate must be adjusted to compensate for the speed changes by maintain ing a specific volume rate that is recommended for a specif ic area unit. Changing the volume rate is usually done by using different nozzles, increasing the number of active nozzles, or adjusting the system pressure. In addition, to maximize the spray uniformity, the sprayer needs to maintain a constant distance f rom the tree canopies. This task is related to the operator experience and the grove conditions such as the uniformity of tree sizes and the inter row distances. Thus, many operating variables, field characteristics, weather conditions, and operator practi ces affect the whole outcomes of the spray application. 2.1 Wind C ondition In general, due to the relatively large size and high density of citrus tree canopies, agrochemicals are applied with the assistance of some air jet from air carrier sprayers ( Cunningham and Harden, 1999 ; Stover et al., 2004a ; Salyani et a l., 2007 )
22 The air jet transfers spray droplets onto the canopy and help s them to penetrate within the canopy. Droplet transport towards and onto the target canopy is normally influenced by wind velocity and direction as wind affects the movement of the sprayer air jet ( Khdair et al., 1994 ) In citrus pesticide applications, the off target movement of spray droplets coul d result in contamination of air, soil, and water resources. In a study of citrus spray mass balance, Salyani et al. ( 2007 ) found that spray losses (spray drift and ground deposition) could amount to about 26% of the total discharged material. In a laboratory study, Fox et a l. ( 1985 ) found a reduction in the air jet velocity and deflection in its direction due to the crosswind effect. The distortion of the air jet ma y result in non uniform spray deposition and poor biological efficacy. In a study of the effects of wind conditions on deposition and drift from aerial applications, Bird et al. ( 1996 ) and Fritz ( 2006 ) found that wind velocity is the most influential factor on drift. Traveling distance of drifted droplets varies based on the wind velocity. Fritz ( 2004 ) also found wind velocity to be a s ignificant factor affecting spray ground deposition and its airborne concentration. Furthermore, Thistle et al. ( 1998 ) and Salyani ( 2000b ) found that wind direction is the most important fac tor affecting spray efficiency However Hoffmann and Salyani ( 1996 ) found no significant effect of the wind conditions on the spray deposition on citrus trees when they used the weather conditions (air temperature, relative humidity, wind velocity, and wind direction), recorded at one location within the study field, as co variables. Theriault et al. ( 2001 ) studied the potential of recovering spray droplets on intended targets in citrus application. The sprayer moved at 4.8 km/h in two opposite directions, parallel to wind blowing at 3.9 to 5.0 km/h. The results in an open area (no
23 trees) showed higher spray recovery (44.5%) when sprayer moved downwind as compared with a recovery of 34.9% upwind. However, the driving direction had no effect on the recovery within the citrus trees. In addition, they found higher variability in the deposition when driving upwind than downwind. Results of a study conducted by the Spray Drift Task Force ( 1997 ) showed that increasing crosswind velocity from 2.0 to 5.4 m/s increased the downwind spray deposition of an air blast spr ayer tenf old beyond the fifth row of apple trees. Although the trees were in dormant stage and had no foliage, the results gave an indication about wind effects. In a wind tunnel study, Khdair et al. ( 1994 ) investigated the roll of the sprayer air jet on deposition characteristics of charged plant canopies under different wind conditions. Their results showed a significan t reduction in deposition by increasing wind velocity. For instance, increasing wind velocity from 2 to 4 m/s reduced the deposition on the top surface of the targets by about 71%. Endalew et al ( 2010 ) found a reduction of 2.0 m/s in the sprayer air jet velocity measured at 2.3 m from the air jet outlet due to a crosswind (90) of 5 m/s The same wind defle cted the air jet direction toward its direction by 0.5 m at the same measuring distance. Air jet was not only affected by the wind speed, but also, by its direction. Fox et al. ( 1985 ) examined the behavior of a simulated air jet under wind of different directions. They found more deflection in the air jet direction, measured at 20 cm from its o utlet, due to a crosswind of 135( measured from the air jet direction ) than a perpendicular wind ( 90 ). The presence of the tree canopy change s wind condition s between outside and inside the grove to some extent. These condition differences will be more significant at
24 different measuring heights within the canopy. Fons ( 1940 ) studied the wind velocity and direction at different heights within open grassland, brush and moderately dense ponderosa pine areas. The vegetative coverage on these sites was approximately 0.15 1.40 and 21 m above the ground, resp ectively. The results showed a linear relationship between velocities at any two measuring heights. However, different heights had different linear slopes and intercepts. Baynton et al. ( 1965 ) studied meteorological conditions above the canopy of a tropical forest and with in it They found that wind velocity within the canopy ( based on half hour averages ) reduced to about 1 % to 5% of the velocity recorded at 61 m above the ground. Wind direction averages recorded at the 61 and 45 m heights at 2 locations ( 1100 m apart ) wer e in good agreement (R 2 = 0.95); however, they changed randomly within the canopy height. Renaud et al. ( 2010 ) compared climatic conditions between open site and below canopy over a 10 year period. They foun d highly significant reduction in the wind velocity below canopy as compared with the open site measurement; however, the differences between the wind velocities of the two sites were not correlated with the canopy characteristics (height and density). Un der field conditions, wind speed is never constant it fluctuating even over short time intervals For example, during 20 s chosen randomly from the spray time, wind speed changed between 2.7 to 8.2 m/s ( Koch et al., 2005 ) Such m omentary changes in wind conditions may alter the droplet trajectory and hence change the deposition distribution In addition, they make it difficult to find a significant relationship between wind conditions and the deposition variability ( Nordbo et al., 1993 )
25 Although it is well documented that wind affect s the spray deposition in orchard applicat ion s it is challenging to quantify these effects ( Stover et al., 2003 ; Koch et al., 2005 ) Moreover, conducting field experiments is expensive and result s in higher levels of uncertainty due to the variability in field conditions ( Xu et al., 1998 ) In addition, u sing some procedures to reduce the variability will be time consuming ( Salyani, 2000a ) F ield experiment also could be mo re expensive 2.2 Ground S peed The productivity of the sprayer is directly affected by its ground speed. However, increasing the ground speed needs more investigation, especially about the interaction of speed with the meteorological condition s and their effec ts on spray deposition ( Hoffmann and Salyani, 1996 ) Therefore, the effects of this variable are under investigation by many researchers ( Salyani and Whitney, 1990 ; Cunningham and Harden, 1998b ) Cunningham and Harden ( 1998b ) found that spray deposition was not affected by changing ground speed between 1.6 and 3.4 km/h. These results were in agreement with results of a study by Salyan i and Whitney ( 1990 ) when they changed ground speed of an air blast sprayer from 1.6 to 6.4 km/h and found no significant effect on the spray deposition on the leaves of citrus trees. However, these changes in the ground speed significantly increased the deposition variability ( Salyani, 2000b ) and reduced canopy runoff ( Cunningham and Harden, 1998b ) A study by Whitney et al. ( 1988 ) to quantify the copper deposition on the two sides of citrus leaves showed tha t mean copper deposited on the upper side of the leaves was significantly affected by changing the ground speed from 1.6 to 3.6 km/h. Conversely, the mean copper deposition on the lower side was not affected.
26 In spray application s, using air blast sprayer s a ground speed of 0.8 to 4.8 km/h ( 0.5 to 3.0 mph ) is considered ideal ( Farooq and Salyani, 2004 ; Hall and Rest er, 2012 ; Rester, 2012 ) However, Salyani and Whitney ( 1990 ) used a ground speed of 6.4 km/h (4.0 mph) without adverse effects To minimize the drift from an air blast sprayer, the volume rate of 2000 l/h and sprayer ground speed of 4.0 km/h were recommended to be used in Florida citrus applica tion ( Salyani, 1995 ) Changing the travel speed of the sprayer could affect the deposition through altering the droplet movement within the canopy. Reducing the speed to 2.85 km/h resulted in the highest movement speed of the droplets through the first tree row ( Salyani et al., 2009 ) However, these effects significantly interacted with volume rate. While increasing the ground speed of the sprayer at low volume rate increased on canopy deposition and slowed down the droplet movement through the first tree row, the deposition did not increase at high volume rate ( Salyani et al., 2009 ) Changing the ground speed did not affect the deposition efficiency significantly However, t he interaction between the ground speed, disc size, and number of nozzles had a significant effect on the deposition ( Salyani, 2000b ) By assuming an equality of volume rates (an average of 866 L/ha), c ombinations of 6 nozzles at 1.6 km/h, 12 nozzles at 3.2 km/h, and 18 nozzles at 4.8 km/h significantly reduced the deposition efficiency to 27%, 25%, and 22%, respectively. However, at the average volume rate of 2500 L/ha, the trend was perfectly reversed When it comes to the use of precision technology in spray applications, using a laser scanner to characterize tree canopy structure was affected by changing the ground speed. At high speed (3.2 km/h), tall branches of the trees were not sensed by
27 the scan ner which underestimated the height measurements of tall branches at ground speed of 1.6 km/h ( Salyani and Wei, 2005 ) In this technology, the sp rayed materials and airflow of the sprayer are determined based on the canopy volume sensed by the scanner. Thus, changing sprayer ground speed will indirectly change the deposition through its interaction with other variables. 2.3 Airflow Applying spray mater ials without air assistance, using a tunnel sprayer, deposited most of the dye on the top surfaces of leaves, particularly in the periphery of tree canopy and resulted in the least uniformity (CV=137%) of the deposition ( Peterson and Hogmire, 1994 ) Due to the concern of reducing the applied spray volume, Matthews ( 2000 ) reported about the ability of reducing spray volume by using airflow to transport spray materials into the plant canopy. Using an air assisted sprayer could save about 90 % of the spray materials that are applied using a hydraulic sprayer. In addition, the distance that can be reached by large droplet s using air assisted sprayer s is directly affected by the s trength of the airstream and the initial trajectory of the droplet ( Matthews, 2000 ) Therefore, optimizing the air flow rates of the sprayer is highly recommended. Salyani and Farooq ( 2003 ) found that air volume significantly affected the spray deposition on the leaves of citrus trees in locations close to the sprayer outlet but the deposition was not affected in the farther locatio ns. Overall, they found no significant differences between different airflow rates on the spray penetration and the deposition. H owever, they recommended using sprayers with small airflow capacities to spray small canopy trees In another study, Farooq and Salyani ( 2004 ) found an i ncrease in the deposition at the near side of the canopy by reducing the airflow Whitney and Salyani
28 ( 1991 ) found that using conventional air blast sprayer s resulted in mean copper deposition higher than that for air tower (Curtain) sprayer s This difference might be due to the differences in the airflow rates and the initial airflow velocities of the different sprayers. By comparing the deposition on both sides of the leaves, Peterson and Hogmire ( 1994 ) fo u nd almost no deposition on the lower surface of the leaves, using spray materials without air assistance, especially in the center of the tree canopies. Brazee et al ( 1981 ) stated that airflow should be enough to deflect foliage and to convey and cause impingement of droplet on the target. Pai and Salyani ( 2008 ) found differences in the air penetration across tr ee canopies by changing the airflow rates from 1.9 to 7.6 m 3 /s. They also found a reduction of 37% in the off target mean deposition, at high application rate by reducing airflow rate from 7.6 to 1.9 (m 3 /s). Changing the velocity and volume of the airflow to match the canopy characteristics is one of the advanced methods to improve the sprayer efficiency ( Chen et al., 2012 ) However, changes in the airflow volume or its speed to improve the deposition could make it more vulnerable to the wind effects. Fox et al ( 1985 ) found that a narrower outlet deflected more than a wider one due to the crosswind when they ha d the same power at the outlet. However, the study was conducted with a reduced size modeled sprayer (1/12 scale). Spray deposition withi n the tree canopy is directly affected by the sprayer airflow. The airflow should have a potential to move the leaves so they could get deposition from both sides. However, the airflow needs to match the tree canopy size even at different growth stages ( Landers, 2008 ) Thus, the airflow volume or speed should be large enough to transport the droplets and help them to
29 penetrate within the canopy because any additional volume or speed will consume more energy and may not improve the deposition. 2.4 Spray H eight Spray efficiency is a function of spray conditions, sprayer parameters and their adjustments, and characterist ics of tree canopy such as shape, density, and height. Canopy height plays an important role in this analysis as one encounters tall trees (5.0 to 6.0 m) resulting in low coverage in the top zones of the canopies ( Derksen and Breth, 1994 ) especially when low profile sprayers are used. At the same time, discharging spray materials from a low level towards the upper parts of canopy might result in less coverage uniformity on the whole canopy. Furthermore, using high velocity airflow to move the spray droplets to the top of the canopy will increase drift losses ( Salyani et al., 2006 ) A study by Stover et al. ( 2004b ) showed that about $ 143 / ha of spray materials is lost, annually. Salyani et al. ( 2006 ) found that discharging spray materials from a low zone (vertically) to the canopy top s resulted in more drift over the canopy zone and lesser amount of droplets that crossed to the other tree side. However, spraying materials horizontally from different heights using the air tower sprayer reduced the drift but increased the deposition on the outside of the tree s of the second row When it comes to compare spray losses as drift, applying spray materials from different heights resulted in the lowest drift above the tree zone and reduced the run off losses significantly as compared with radial spraying from a low zone ( Cunningham and Harden, 1998a ) Comparing two air assisted sprayers, Cunningham and Harden ( 1998a ) found that delivering spray horizontally from a tower sprayer along the canopy height has more uniform deposition at different canopy heights of cit rus trees. In contrast, the
30 deposition from the low profile sprayer significantly decreased in the tree canopy as the tree height increased. They reported that the highest spray deposited on leaves at the top zone came from a sprayer with tower of 5 m heig ht. Thus, not only the deposition amount but also the spray uniformity was affected by spray discharging height. Whitney and Salyani ( 1991 ) compared deposition characteristics of conventional air blast and air tower sprayers and their results were not in agreement with previous results. They showed less mean spray deposition of the air tower than conventio nal sprayer in orange trees. However, the difference was not significant in grapefruit trees. Their results also showed more uniformity of the deposition of conventional sprayer than the deposition of the air tower sprayer. These results were attributed to the differences between these sprayers in their distances from the canopy and the variation of airflow rates and velocities. 2.5 Spray D istance Different sprayers may have different distances between their discharging outlets and the farthest side of the spra yer frame. This distance, in addition to the operator experience, the tree canopy shape, and grove conditions, will vary the distances of spray applications. Applying spray materials from relatively close distance toward the tree canopy resulted in a maxim um deposition on target ( Salyani, 2000b ) and reduced the off target drift losses However, a very short distance between sprayer outlet and the target might not give enough time to the spray materials t o be spread and mixed properly within airstream and also increase runoff ( Salyani, 2000b ) Therefore, maintaining a specific distance between the sprayer and the target is required for efficient applicat ion. Salyani ( 2000b ) found a significant decrease in the deposition by increasing the distance from the sprayer. A laboratory examination of deposition
31 efficiency on moved targets, placed at three distances (26, 61, and 102 cm) from a droplet generator showed that the highest efficiency was achieved by targets placed on the short distance of 26 cm ( Salyani, 1988 ) A study by Whitney and Sa lyani ( 1991 ) showed a significant reduction in the deposition mean by increasing the distance inside t he tree canopy. A reduction of 23% in the deposition was recorded at 0.6 m inside the canopy from the farthest side compared to the closest side from the sprayer. As the deposition decreased by increasing the distance from the sprayer, a mean of deposition efficiency of 24%, 32%, 24%, and 14% at distances of 1.5, 2.8, 4.1, and 5.3 m respectively were also recorded ( Salyani, 2000b ) The low efficiency at the closet distance (1.5 m) might be due to runoff f rom leaves surfaces. The higher or farther sampling location from the sprayer had the lower deposition and the higher deposition variability ( Hoffmann and Salyani, 1996 ) It looks that discharging distance could affect the deposition, drift, runoff, and the whole deposition efficiency. So adjusting the sprayer configuration to better match the cano py shape and maintain an optimum distance between the sprayer and the target could improve the deposition efficiency ( Gu et al., 2012 ) 2.6 Application V olume A laboratory and field study by Cunningham and Harden ( 1998b ) showed that increasing spray volume resulted in more deposition on the leaves of citrus; however, the incr ement was not significant at low volumes. The spray volume of 2000 L/ha was a crucial volume because the retention percent of the leaves decreased as the spray volume increased Also spraying at a volume rate less than or equal to 2000 L/ha reduced the run off losses and resulted in the highest spray recovery on tree leaves.
32 Changing the spray volume affected the copper deposition on the upper side of citrus leaves with no change on the lower side ( Whitney et al., 1988 ) Salyani ( 1995 ) found significant differences in the spray deposits on citrus canopies by using different spray volumes; however, the differences varied among different canopy locations. Base d on the study outcomes, the spray volume of 2000 L/ha was recommended for Florida citrus application. However, spray penetration and deposition were not affected by spray volume ( Salyani and Farooq, 2003 ) In a study of the effect of abscission chemical on mechanical harvesting efficacy of orange, Koo et al. ( 1999 ) found an increase in the deposition as spray volume decreased. Conversely, high spray volumes reduced the force of fruit detachment and increased the percent of remov ed fruits. Changing the spray volume, did not affect the spray deposition significantly, however, it affected the deposition variability ( Coefficient of Variation, CV), significantly ( Salyani et al., 1988 ) In addition, the highest volume (9400 L/ha) gave more deposition uniformity and lower deposition averages than low volume (235 L/ha). Hence, changing the spray volume did not affect the initial mite control, s ignificantly. Similarly, spray volume did not affect the initial value of mortality or residual control of citrus rust mite on fruits. Hoffmann and Salyani ( 1996 ) found a significant negative relationship between spray volume and deposition. They reported that using spray volume rates of 470, 1890, and 4700 L/ha resulted in deposition rates of 1.67, 1.49 and 1.44 mg/cm 2 respectively. The results indicate the advantage of using low spray volumes. In a study of comparing the effects of different volume rates (470, 940, 2350, 4700, and 9400 L/ha) on the deposition on citrus leaves, Salyani and McCoy ( 1989 ) found significant increase in the deposition and its variability (CV) by reducing volume rates. The lowest spray volume of
33 470 L/ha resulted in deposition o f 1.37 times as much as the highest volume of 9400 L/ha. The authors related the reduction of the deposition to increasing the runoff rates, which is directly affected by the volume rate. Not only was the deposition on citrus leaves affected by spray volum e, but also the interaction of the number of nozzles, disc and core size, and ground speed. At low volume (< 900 L/ha) an increase in the deposition using low number of nozzles and small disc and core size was recorded; however, at high volume (> 2500 L/ha ), increasing the number of n o zzles and spraying at high speed gave the highest deposition ( Salyani, 2000b ) Based on these outcomes, the deposition of the spray application on the leaves of citrus trees can be improved by reducing spray volume rates to about 2000 L/ha and improving the spray uniformity by using a different tactic. 2.7 Droplet S ize Deposition on the leaves of citrus trees is directly related to the droplet size ( Salyani, 1988 2000b ) S mall er droplet size resulted in the highest on canopy deposition ( Salyani et al., 2009 ) especially on the close target to the sprayer ( Salyani, 1988 ) However, th e smallest droplet size resulted in the lowest deposition efficiency of citrus leaves ( Salyani, 1988 ) Reducing the droplet size increase s the drift potential ( Salyani and Cromwell, 1992 ) which could explain the reduction of the deposition efficiency A laboratory study by Salyani et al ( 1987 ) showed that droplet size of 414 m gave the highest deposition efficiency (about 95%). However a nother laboratory study by Salyani ( 1 988 ) showed that droplet size of 262.4 m resulted in the highest efficiency (91.61%). The discrepancy between the droplet sizes of the two studies was returned to an improvement in the droplet size measurements due to modifying the fluid pumping system and the sampling and measuring techniques.
34 Not only was the deposition efficiency affected by changing droplet size, but also the percent of the coverage area ( Salyani et al., 1987 ) and the runoff losses ( Salyani and McCoy, 1989 ) Then again, Salyani et al. ( 2009 ) found no signi ficant differences in drift losses between small and large droplet sizes. In contrast Matthews ( 2000 ) reported that it was easy for droplet size of 60 80 m diameters to be carried out to 46 m in a particular airstream, while only 6 12 m was travele d by a larger droplet size (200 400 m). Salyani et al ( 1987 ) found that droplet size of 304 m achieved the highest coverage area. Big size droplets increase the runoff potential because they tend to meet other droplets and become large and easy to fall down while small size droplets take more time to be large enough to fall down. As deposited materials are expected to be washe d by rain or degraded by sun light, Salyani ( 2003 ) studied the effects of different droplet sizes on rain wash off and solar degradation. He found a significant increase in the rain wash off as the droplet size decreased. In contrast significantly higher degradation occurred with the largest droplet size. Therefore, the droplet size plays a crucial role in determining the deposition efficiency and reducing spray materials losses. Droplet size directly affect ed the droplet speed and t rajectory ( Bagherpour et al., 2012 ) At a distance of 0.5 m from the nozzle exit of different nozzle types, larger droplet sizes (> 400 m) were faster (4.5 8.5 m/s) than smaller ones (< 400 m) of 0.5 ( Nuyttens et al., 2007 ) 2.8 Sprayer T ype Chemical materi als can be applied directly onto the tree canopy. However, these materials might not be able to reach the top of the tree canopy and always deposit on the target side that is facing the sprayer outlet. Therefore, orchard sprayers are
35 equipped with air disc harging systems to transport the spray droplets to the tree canopy and help them to penetrate within it The total deposition on both sides of the leaves was significantly increased by using air jet as compared with no air jet assistance ( Khdair et al., 1994 ) Sprayers could be differentiated based on their air systems. The air system could have axial flow cross flow or centrifugal fans. However, the sprayer could be a low profile outlet, air tower outlet, or tunnel sprayer based on the air system outlet. 2.9 A xial Flow F an s Sprayers equipped with axial design, in which, the fan delivers the air jet parallel to its axis, then the air turns 90 to exit the fan housing through radial slot outlets ( Fox et al., 2008 ) Axial flow fan sprayers are widely used in orchard application s They have very good ability to discharge large air volume rates at higher efficiencies as compared with other types ( Bleier, 1998 ) In addition, their maintenance is easier. During the sprayer operation, the axial flow fan generates upward and downward streams on both sides of the sprayer in relation to the fan rotation direction. Therefore, the sprayer will deliver asymmetrical airflow on both sides ( Landers and Gil, 2006 ) At the same time, the delivered air might have different velocities based on how close the measuring is from the fan wheel. Salyani and Hoffmann ( 1996 ) recorded a lack of velocities were recorded at the outlet side close to the fan wheel and at the lower halves of the outlet as compared with the conical air deflector side and the upper halves, respectively.
36 To overcome this issue, different designs of air system were made. For example, Landers and Gil ( 2006 ) modified the air deflector of an axial flow fan that delivers the air through radial slots on the fan house circumference by exte nding its outlet height to direct the airflow relatively horizontal toward the canopy. This modification improved the symmetry of the air stream on both sides to reach 90% and kept the plume within the height of the canopy (about 2 m). Their results also s howed an improvement of 25% in the overall deposition within the grape tree canopy as compared with the conventional design. Most of the axial flow sprayers have one fan, only; however, some of them might have two axial flow fans or more Installing two ax ial flow fans on the same sprayer was done to overcome the issue of the asymmetric air stream on both sides of the sprayer. The two fans turn in reverse rotation to balance the asymmetric airflow of each other. Garcia Ra mos et al. ( 2009 ) tested the sprayer of two axial flow fans with only one fan activated and both fans. Their results showed that activating both fans, simultaneously, increased the deposition and its variability as compared with one fan active, only. Discharging airflow rates and spray volumes according to the foliage density is an ultimate goal. For an air syst em having one fan, only, adjusting the air volume rates of the fan will affect the delivered air on both sides, simultaneously. Most of the time, trees on both sides of the sprayer are not similar in their sizes and densities; therefore, differentiati ng th e airflow between the two sides might be necessary. Pai et al. ( 2008 ) modified the sprayer air system to adjust the a irflow of one side based on the characteristics of the tree canopy They installed an electrically adjusted plate on the air blast sprayer and tested its ability to adjust airflow rates based on the tree foliage
37 density. Moving the deflector plate from its innermost to outermost position resulted in changing the horizontal airflow rate from 7.6 to 1.9 m 3 /sec, respectively. Changing the airflow rates differentiated the penetration of the air across tree canopies of different foliage densities. It gave 37% re duction in the off target deposition average at high application rate. Using the same system on both sides of the sprayer could improve the deposition efficiency; however, h aving a reduced airflow at both sides will lead to have a bypass for the other flow speed. 2.10 C ross F low F an s Cross flow fans discharge the air across their axis. They are small and consequently have small air volume rates as compared to the axial flow fans. Therefore, air assist ed sprayers with cross flow fans use two fans or more on each side. When it comes to the variation in the air volume rates between both sides of the sprayer, cross flow fans can be adjusted to achieve that goal, easily because most of the cross flow fans a re operated by a hydraulic motor, which make it easy to change the speed of each fan, independently. Cross flow fans generally are arranged vertically on top of each other along their axis. Low P rofile O utlets 2.10.1 This technique is always used with axial flow fan sprayer s, where the air exits the fan house into the tree canopy radially along the fan house perimeter. Delivered air transfers the spray materials from near the ground to the tree canopy along its height. Moving the airflow for long distance to bridg e the gap between the low profile sprayer and the top of the tree canopy was insufficient in some cases. Low profile sprayers significantly decreased the deposition on the leaves as the height i ncreased
38 ( Cunningham and Harden, 1998a ) In contrast, Derksen and Gray ( 1995 ) fo und that increasing the delivered spray of the FMC (Food Machinery Corporation) sprayer resulted in greater deposition on the top level of the canopy. However, the top nozzles of the FMC sprayer were lower than that of the Friend Air Kadet II sprayer For that concern of the long distance that should be moved by the airflow before reaching the top of the tree canopy, the air outlets of the sprayer are extended to be closed to the treetops. Air T ower O utlets 2.10.2 Air tower sprayers use a vertical outlet to apply the spray material almost horizontally toward the canopy. This requires the air tower to be as long as the tree height or at least as half the tree height. Most of the time, two cross flow fans or more are built on top of each other to form the required he ight of the tower; however, in some cases, air tower outlets on both sides of the sprayer can be used with a single axial flow fan. The sprayer that delivers the spray horizontally along the tree height resulted in a more uniform deposition at the bottom, middle, and top zones of the tree canopy than the low profile sprayer ( Cunningham and Harden, 1998a ) Using the tower sprayer reduced the runoff recorded the lowest drift above the tree zone as compared with low profile sprayers. Landers and Gil ( 2006 ) found that modifying the air deflector to direct the airflow relatively horizontal toward the canopy improved the symmetry to 90% and kept the plume w ithin the height of the canopy (2 m). Derksen et al. ( 2004 ) compared between an air tower sprayer equipped with cross flow fans and a conventional orch ard sprayer equipped with an axial flow fan and found more uniform deposition along the canopy height from using the air tower sprayer. However, it has a lower mean deposition than the conventional sprayer. Fox et al. ( 2008 ) recommended using the air
39 tower sprayer because it reduces the droplets traveling time to reach the target. Cali brating the air volume of these sprayers and its velocity to match the canopy size and density could minimize the spray drift. When it comes to the delivered air velocity of a sprayer with two cross flow fans, Fox et al. ( 1992 ) tested the effect of incl ining the top fan on the air velocity at different distances from the sprayer outlet. They found that inclining the upper fan at 20, for both fan speeds, the air jet velocity at 3 m from the outlet slightly increased; however, it decreased beyond 4.6 m as compared with both fans vertical. These outcomes may leads to reduce the drift beyond the tree canopy. Tunnel S prayer 2.10.3 A considerable spray drift is associated with the use of the low profile and air tower sprayers. For measuring the drift of an air blast sprayer, Salyani ( 1995 ) found that the ground and airborne drift has reached a distance up to 195 m far away from the sprayer outlet. Salyani and Cromwell ( 1992 ) in their comparisons between aerial (both fixed wings and rotary wings) aircrafts and ground (low and high volume air blast) sprayers found that low volume ground equipment resulted in the highest airborne drift. To overcome the spray drift problem and increase the spray efficiency, Peterson and Hogmire ( 1994 ) designed and tested a tunnel sprayer. The tunnel spraye r goes over the whole tree canopy in one pass and applies spray to the tree canopy from two sides using four cross flow fans. Using the tunnel sprayer improved the spray deposition and reduced the drift as compared with other spr a yer types. However, its us e was limited to dwarf trees because its maximum inside height and width are 3.0 m
40 CHAPTER 3 WIND VARIABILITY IN CITRUS SPRAY APPLICATIONS In citrus application, air assisted sprayers use an air jet to transport the spray droplets to the canopy and help them pene trate within it Ambient w ind could affect the movement of the air jet and hence, its potential to transport the droplets ( Khdair et al., 1994 ) Spray could be postponed if wind speed is high ( greater than 4.5 m/s ); however, it cannot be canceled. Until now, pesticide application is still the most effective way of controlling pests and diseases. In field conditions, the wi nd is always there and cannot be avoided, completely. Wind could reduce the air jet velocity or shift its direction ( Fox et al., 1985 ) Wind velocity is the most influential factor on drift ( Bird et al., 1996 ; Fritz, 2006 ) It directly affects the traveling distance of drifted droplets. Wind direction was also found to be a signific ant factor affecting the spray efficiency ( Thistle et al., 1998 ; Salyani, 2000b ) Strong winds could move the droplets out of the application site or redirect them onto very sensitive areas or objects. W ind also could move the spray droplets beyond the second o r third tree row downwind ( Spray Drift Task Force, 1997 ) I n this case, deposition di stribution between the two sides of the sprayer will be different. In general, the more uniform pesticide coverage on targets is the more efficient pest control will be However, any distortion of the sprayer air jet may result in non uniform spray deposi tion and hence, poor biological efficacy. Wind conditions within a grove usually differ from those outside the grove to some extent. These differences are more evident within the canopy height. A comparison of 10 year wind conditions recorded inside and o utside groves showed a
41 significant reduction in the wind velocity within the canopy height inside the groves as compared with the outside measurements ( Renaud et al., 2010 ) In spray application, it is essent ial to know the average wind velocity for a specific time in order to schedule the application. However, it is also important to know the variability associated with that average because changes in the wind velocity could affect the spray uniformity within the grove. In general, weather conditions are given as averages for some periods of interest. For example, Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) reports wind conditions based on a 15 min interval. However, the data may vary substantially within the rep orting period. In field spray treatments, sprayer applications face such variations in wind conditions, which might become inconspicuous by the data averaging. Such momentary variability in wind conditions may change the spray uniformity to some extent. W eather conditions usually are measured at about 2 and 10 m heights ( ASABE Standards, 2009 ) outside the grove. Studying these conditions at different levels within the canopy height might help the applicator to understand deposition variabili ty on the canopy. Such information could be useful in improving spray efficiency in grove applications. Thus, it is important to know to what extent weather conditions recorded outside groves can reflect the conditions within the grove. It is also useful to know the wind variability associated with different averaging intervals. Specific objectives of this study were to: 1 Determine the relationship between weather conditions collected outside and within a citrus grove. 2 Find the variability associated with w ind velocity and direction at different measuring heights within citrus canopies at different reporting intervals.
42 3.1 Materials a nd Methods Data Collection 3.1.1 A weather station ( Figure 3 1 ) was set up inside a citrus grove in Lake Al fred, Florida (N 28 06' 18.93", W 81 42' 56.36"). It was installed at the location of a missing tree (within a tree row). The rows were set in East West direction. The average tree height was about 4 m and the tree spacing was 4 6 m within and between the rows, respectively. Tree canopies were skirted about 0.3 to 0.5 m above ground. The weather station (Campbell Scientific, Logan, UT) consisted of a data logger (CR10X) and two sets of cup anemometer and vane direction sensors (03001 Wind Sentry Anemome ter/Vane) to measure wind velocity and direction at two heights. The accuracy/ threshold wind velocities (a minimum wind velocity required to rotate the sensor) for the anemometers were 0.5/0.5 m/s, and for the vanes were 5/0.8 m/s, respectively ( Campbell Scientific, 2007 ) The specified thresholds are for starting the cup rotation but during the rotation, they can be as low as 0.2 m/s. The upper height was fixed at 10 m above the ground for all measurements ( ASABE Standards, 2009 ) The 10 m height was chosen to be comparable with the FAWN measuring height. The lower height varied and its sensors were installed at 3.6, 3.0, 2.4, 1.8, 1.2, and 0.6 m for measurement pairs. These heights (located in the missing tree space) were within the canopy level and hence, more relevant to the spray droplet movement. Upper wind velocity and direction sensors were 0.5 m apart atop the station pole, while the lower sensors were 1.5 m apart (with the pole running in the middle) to minimize wind shield effect of the pole ( Leahey et al., 1989 ) The instrumentation included dry bulb temperature sensors at both heights and a wet bulb temperature sensor fixed at 2.5 m height.
43 Figure 3 1 The weather station set up within a citrus grove (P hoto courtesy of author, Ahmed Al Jumaili)
44 For each height, the data were recorded continuously at 1 s interval for at least 7 days between 18 February and 5 May 2011. The data were transferred to a laptop computer at 24 h cycle for further processing. Matching data from the FAWN (station No. 330, Lake Alfred, Florida) were also recorded for the same period. After completing the data collection in the grove, the weather station was relocated to 7 m north of the FAWN station to collect data from the two neighboring stations for the same period. The sensors of two stations had the same height. The FAWN used a sonar (ultrasonic) sensor while the other station was equipped with the cup anemometer. The ultrasonic sensor (model 425A, Vaisala, Helsinki, Finland) had an accuracy of 0.14 m/s and 2 for wind velocity and direction. It has almost zero wind velocity threshold. Wind speed and direction were collected on b oth stations at the same height (10 m) for seven days, simultaneously. A regression analysis between wind speeds recorded by the two stations was used to establish a relationship between the readings of the two sensors. The established relationship (regres sion equation) was used to adjust the readouts of the GROVE station sensor recorded in the grove at 10 m height. The same procedure was done to the wind direction sensors. Data Analysis 3.1.2 Wind velocity readings were processed as scalar quantities ( El Fouly et al., 2008 ) while vector analysis was app lied to the wind direction data. For a comparison between the data recorded outside and within the grove, data collected in the grove were averaged based on a 15 min interval to match FAWN reporting interval. Each day was divided into daytime (8:00 am to 6 :00 pm), nighttime (8:00 pm to 6:00 am), and transition time for the rest of the day ( Bird et al., 1996 ) These categories were used to identify if there is a difference in weather conditions between day and night times.
45 Sample mean, stand ard deviation (SD), coefficient of varia tion (CV), maximum value (Max), minimum value (Min), and range were used to identify wind variability and make comparisons among the study variables. Wind direction values were grouped into eight half quadrants: nort h (N), northeast (NE), east (E), southeast (SE), south (S), southwest (SW), west (W), and northwest (NW). Wind conditions recorded outside the grove and those recorded within the grove are mentioned as FAWN and GROVE, respectively. Differences between wind directions recorded by the FAWN and GROVE stations at 10 m height were calculated as described in Mori ( 1986 ) However, the method was modified to show both difference signs (positive or negative). A correlation analysis was used to identify the relationship between different datasets recorded at the two stations or at two different heights (within the grove). Th e standard deviation of the wind direction means was calculated through the E quation 3 1 ( Mori, 1 986 ) ( 3 1 ) where: Using the collected 1 s interval data, pairs of maximum wind velocities at 10 m height and a t each lower height (3.6, 3.0, 2.4, 1.8, 1.2, or 0.6 m) were calculated for 15 and 60 min intervals, separately. For comparison among different reporting intervals, wind velocity data recorded at 1 s interval within the grove at 10 m height for one hour,
46 was chosen randomly and averaged based on 1 and 15 min intervals. A simple regression analysis was used to relate the averages of wind velocity or direction that were recorded by the two stations or those recorded within the grove at different heights. In addition, the ratio between the two maximum wind velocities (wind velocity at lower height/ wind velocity at 10 m height) was used to express the relationship between the two measurements. Since about 24% of data recorded at the 10 m height were less than 1.5 m/s and their corresponding data at lower heights were nearly zero, they were excluded from further analysis. These low wind velocities averaged 0.81 and 0.09 m/s at the 10 m and lower heights, respectively. Practically, these low velocities could not have a significant effect on the sprayer air jet deflection ( Endalew et al., 2010 ) and hence, spray depos ition. However, including them in the comparison could skew the trend estimates. Therefore, the minimum velocity of 1.5 m/s was used as a cutoff point to have comparable matching data for all height pairs. Data averaging and adjusting was done using Matlab software, R2010b (T he Mathworks, Inc., Natick, Mass.) ; however, the variance was analyzed using SAS software, 9.2 (SAS Institute, Inc., Cary, N.C.). Means of wind velocity and direction recorded by the two stations were compared using t test at 5% level of significance. 3.2 Results a nd Discussion GROVE Wind Data Correction 3.2.1 Figure 3 2 shows the comparative 15 min interval wind velocity and direction data recorded by the GROVE and FAWN stations, when they were used next to each oth er for one day. Wind velocity trends on both stations were in good agreement; however, their averages were 1.67 and 2.15 m/s, respectively. For the 7 day recording
47 period, the averages were 1.21 and 1.52 m/s for the GROVE and FAWN stations, respectively. W ind directions of the two stations showed similar trends in windy conditions but the trends did not match when no wind velocity was recorded by the GROVE (cup) anemometer. This could be associated with the threshold and accuracy of the sensor measurements. Thus, due to the very good agreement with the FAWN readings in windy conditions, wind direction values recorded in the grove were used as collected (without any correction). However, wind velocity recorded in the grove (at 10 m height) was corrected in or der to be comparable with FAWN readings, using the following relationship. ( 3 2 ) Where, y and x are the GROVE corrected and measured wind velocities (m/s), respectively. Figure 3 2 Comparison between wind velocity ( solid lines) and direction ( dotted lines) recorded by the FAWN and GROVE stations at 10 m height (15 min interval). 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 0 90 180 270 360 12:00 AM 6:00 AM 12:00 PM 6:00 PM 12:00 AM Wind velocity (m/s) Wind direction (deg) Time (h) FAWN Direction GROVE Direction FAWN Vilocity Station Wind
48 GROVE and FAWN Comparison 3.2.2 18.104.22.168 Wind velocity Figure 3 3 shows the relationship between the GROVE and FAWN wind velocities (15 min interval), recorded at 10 m height. The correlation coefficient (r) between them was 0.69 (R 2 = 0.48). Averaged over the 6 week comparison period, the respective wind velocities were 2.33 and 1.98 m/s. The two averages were significantly different. The difference may be explained by the presence of buildings (about 10 m height at 50 m to the north from the FAWN site) and trees (about 15 m tall oak trees at 10 m to the south), which could have reduced the wind velocity to some extent. Thus the use of FAWN weather data to characterize the weather condition inside a grove with conditions similar to those described in this study may be objectionable. The win d variability between the GROVE and FAWN might be related to the distance between the stations and the difference in their surrounding features. The stations were about 580 m apart and hence, wind recorded by one station at a given moment may not necessari ly be the same wind at the other station. In addition, wind sensors at the two stations were different. These sensors could respond to the same wind differently, especially at low velocities. For instance, the cup anemometer has a static friction and inert ia effect while the ultrasonic sensor does not have that limitation. The moving parts of the cup anemometer make it less sensitive to low wind velocities ( Fons, 1940 ) In a comparison study between cup and ultrasonic anemometers, Yahaya and Frangi ( 2003 ) found about 6% increase in the wind velocity averages recorded by the ultrasonic sensor as compared with cup anemometer readings. Another comparison between GROVE and FAWN was done by using maximum wind velocity. Based on 15 min average, GROVE wind velo city reached a maximum of 9.77 m/s at 4:00 pm on
49 someday; similarly, FAWN station recorded the highest wind velocity average (8.54 m/s) at the same time of the same day. This indicates that wind velocity recorded at one station, shortly, was not necessaril y the same at the other station; however, general trends of wind velocities on both locations were comparable. Figure 3 3 Relationship between GROVE and FAWN wind velocities. 22.214.171.124 Wind direction Over six weeks of 15 min interval measurements, results of the regression analysis showed that GROVE wind direction was significantly correlat ed with FAWN wind direction (r = 0.94). Wind direction averaged 161 and 166 at the GROVE and FAWN stations, respectively. Based on a t test, the averages were significantly different. The difference might be related to setting the default north of the se nsor at each station, specifications for sensors, and the random error of the measurements. A regression analysis of the two directions resulted in R 2 = 0.88, which indicates a good agreement between the readings on the two locations. The results agreed wi th results found by Baynton et al. ( 1965 )
50 Figure 3 4 shows the frequencies of having wind directions in each half quadrant (45) for the GROVE and FAWN measurements. Wind directions on both locations agreed most of the time. The figure indicates that the winds came mostly from the east. Figure 3 4 Relationship between GROVE and FAWN wind direction. The circles show the frequency of the measurements. Table 3 1 shows the difference in wind direction recorded by the two stations at eight half quadrants. The results indicate no effect of wind direction on the difference between the readings of the two stations. Table 3 1 Absolute values of the differences in wind direction measured by the GROVE and FAWN sta tions. Wind Direction N o. Mean () SD () CV (%) N 158 27 34 126 NE 395 24 24 103 E 919 18 22 124 SE 626 25 26 101 S 385 23 28 121 SW 456 23 23 100 W 504 18 25 139 NW 352 25 36 145 126.96.36.199 Wind velocity difference vers u s direction In order to test if wind direction influences wind velocity at GROVE and FAWN, velocity differences between the two locations were grouped within eight half quadrants
51 ( T able 3 2 ). These differences were not highly correlated (r ind 0.77 m/s, respectively. The negative sign means that GROVE wind velocity was higher than FAWN wind velocity. Based on the physical location of each weather station, the FAWN station was located about 10 m to the north of a row of tall (about 15 m) oak trees. These trees were taller than the height of the wind sensors. Thus, it could restrict winds coming from south as explained by Lee et al. ( 2010 ) In contrast, the sensors of the GROVE station were above the canopy height. Table 3 2 Wind velocity differences (m/s) between GROVE and FAWN in relation to the wind direction. Wind Direction N o. Mean (m/s) SD (m/s) CV (%) N 190 0.18 0.73 406 NE 421 0.10 0.74 721 E 945 0.07 0.80 1212 SE 655 0.32 0.93 292 S 404 1.06 0.96 90 SW 464 0.77 0.85 110 W 530 0.38 0.95 250 NW 384 0.35 0.70 202 Overall, the trends and values of the wind velocity and direction recorded at GRO VE station were comparable to those recorded at FAWN station. Thus, wind direction recorded by the latter (outside the grove) may be used to represent the prevailing wind direction inside the grove even though there could be some variability in individual (momentary) readings. Within the GROVE Comparisons 3.2.3 Figure 3 5 shows the variability of wind velocity and direction within a minute, chosen randomly from all collected data. The measurements were recorded at 10.0 and 3.0 m height s at 1 s interval. Within that short time period, wind velocity and direction at
52 3.0 m height (canopy level) changed (maximum minimum) about 6.0 m/s and 74, respectively. They showed a high variability (CV = 46% and 43% for wind velocity and direction, respectively). The changes in the wind velocity at both heights have a similar general trend even though wind velocity at the lower height averaged 2.34 m/s less than the one measured at the upper height. Wind directions on the two heights were not in good agreement. These wind direction changes are in line with the variability reported by Baynton et al. ( 1965 ) They found no clear trend in the wind direction changes within the canopy height. The changes in wind condition might happen anytime; therefore, such variations cou ld have significant influence on the movement of the sprayer air jet, droplet movement, and spray deposition. Figure 3 5 Typical trends of w ind velocity (top) and direction (bottom) for a 1 min recording period.
53 188.8.131.52 Measurement height effect Figure 3 6 shows the relationship between the wind velocities (top) and directions (bottom) recorded at 3.6 and 10 m heights, ave raged hourly. The velocities were significantly correlated (r = 0.93) and their respective means of 0.63 and 2.11 m/s were significantly different. Wind velocity has similar trends at both heights. However, it reduced significantly near or within the tree canopy level. The results agreed with Renaud et al. ( 2010 ) Both velocities averaged higher during daytime (0.90 and 2.61 m/s) than at nighttime (0.34 and 1.56 m/s), respectively. In addition, the ratio of w ind velocity at 3.6 m to the velocity at 10 m height was 0.34, 0.22, and 0.30 at daytime, nighttime, and transition time (day to night and vice versa), respectively. The reduction in the wind velocity at night gives a favorable condition for spray applicat ion ( Hoffmann and Salyani, 1996 ) Figure 3 6 Relationship between wind velocities (top) and directions (bottom) recorded at the 10 .0 and 3.6 m height s
54 In contrast to the wind velocity, wind directions recorded at the lower height we re in good agreement and highly correlated (r = 0.98) with those recorded at the upper height. Some wind direction points are more than 360 The increase came from adding 360 to small angles (slightly larger than zero) to be comparable with their corresp onding directions that were a little lower than 360. Differences between wind velocities recorded at 3.6 and 10 m heights had no correlation (r = 0.003) with wind direction; however, the differences were higher (average of 1.95 m/s) when the winds were co ming from the north direction. This might be related to the tree row direction (East West). Averaging wind velocity over time may put the velocity within an acceptable range for spray application; however, accounting for the wind velocity peaks might be mo re relevant to spray applications (Thomas F. Burks, personal communication, University of Florida, 2011; ( Koch et al., 2005 ) Maximum wind velocities within each hour, recorded at 10.0 an d 3.6 m heights, were compared for one day ( Figure 3 7 ). Figure 3 7 Maximum wind velocities at the 10.0 and 3.6 m heights.
55 Results showed that the maximums of wind velocity recorded at 3.6 m generally followed the trend of the maximums of wind velocity recorded at the 10 m height. However, the overall average of maximums (2.07 m/s) of the 3.6 m height was less than that of the 10 m height (4.63 m/s). Within that day, maximum velocities at the respective heights changed in ranges of 0 5.6 and 1.1 9.5 m/s with CVs of 97% and 58%, respectively. The maximum wind velocity of about 2.0 m/s or less recorded at 10 m hei ght resulted in almost zero velocity at the lower height. Similar results were obtained for other paired heights. 184.108.40.206 Comparison of recording intervals Figure 3 8 shows wind velocity at 10 m height recorded at 1 s interval during o ne hour. These data were also averaged based on 1 and 15 min intervals. It is visually clear that the wind velocity was very variable at small intervals. The velocity at 1 s interval changed within a range of 0.75 to 9.0 m/s (CV=31%). However, averaging t he same data based on 15 min interval, which is the same interval used by the FAWN, reduced the velocity range to 4.2 to 4.4 m/s (CV of 3%). Figure 3 8 Variability of wind velocity at different measuring intervals.
56 Although the sample mean remained the same for all different intervals, measures of spread (Range, SD, and CV) of the sample reduced sharply by increasing the averaging interval. F or instance, changing the averaging interval from 1 s to 15 min reduced the CV by about 90%. These results revealed that the reporting of wind conditions at longer intervals would not reflect the actual effect of wind for spray applications. Prediction of Wind Velocity 3.2.4 220.127.116.11 Above the canopy height Comparison of the wind velocity obtained by the FAWN and GROVE stations resulted in the following regression equation: ( 3 3 ) Where, wv G and wv F are the GROVE and FAWN wind velocities (m/s) recorded at 10 m height, respectively. Equation 3 3 utilizes wind velocity recorded at 10 m height outside groves to estimate wind velocity above the canopy The low coefficient of determination (R 2 = 0.48 ) in dicates high variability associated with wind velocity measurements. Note that, including wind direction in the analysis (multiple regression) did not improve the estimation of the wind velocity to any great extent. Thus, wind direction was not included in the prediction equation. 18.104.22.168 Within the canopy height Figure 3 9 shows established relationships of the acceptable data (> 1.5 m/s) for each height. Due to the high number of data points within one chart, the points were not displ ayed around the fitting lines. The figure shows that wind velocities recorded at
57 lower heights were considerably less than those measured at the 10 m height. They also diminish gradually as the measurement is taken nearer to th e ground level. The crossing of the 1.2 m and 0.6 m regression lines could be attributed to the open area underneath the canopy (canopies were not touching the ground). Overall, these results agree with those reported in Fons ( 1940 ) In spray applications, higher wind velocities could have more impact on dep osition than lower velocities. Using the wind velocity averages, which include the lower velocities, may not be a reasonable approach in explaining a wind related variability in the deposition. Instead, using maximum wind velocities recorded at different h eights might be more appropriate in interpreting wind effects. Figure 3 9 Relationships between wind velocity averages recorded at different heights within the grove at 15 min interval. Figure 3 10 shows the relationship between maximum wind velocities re corded at the upper height (10 m) and those recorded at lower heights (3.6, 3.0, 2.4, 1.8, 1.2, and 0.6 m). Each line represents a linear fitting model for wind velocity data for each
58 pair. Since comparisons were made at different times, wind velocity rang es were different. Results revealed that increasing wind velocity at 10 m height results in a corresponding increase in the velocity recorded at each lower height. The higher the sensor location the greater the wind velocity. Measurements within the lowest quarter of the canopy height (about 1.0 m) were very similar in their maximums; however, the differences were more pronounced within higher quarters. This observation reveals that the effect of wind on deposition could be more evident within the top parts of the canopy than the lower canopy levels. The reduction in the wind velocity is clearly related to the presence of the canopy at the measurement height as reported by Lee et al. ( 2010 ) The averages of the wind velocity ratios (lowe r height/ 10 m height readings) were 0.59, 0.55, 0.36, 0.30, 0.24, and 0.20 for the heights of 3.6, 3.0, 2.4, 1.8, 1.2, and 0.6 m, respectively. The ratios decreased at the lower measurement levels. The results agreed with Baynton et al. ( 1965 ) However, the magnitudes wer e different due to the differences in the canopy characteristics. The ratio between the measurements at the 3.6 and 10 m was not comparable to the one obtained in an open area. These ratios were 59 and 82% for within the grove and open area measurements, respectively. Figure 3 10 Relationships between wind velocity maximums at different heights.
59 22.214.171.124 Wind velocity ratios Figure 3 1 1 shows the ratios (lower/upper height readings) of maximum wind velocities at different heights within the canopy. This information could be useful in predicting the wind velocity within a grove based on the measurements taken above the can opy level (10 m height). At the same windy condition, different wind velocities were recorded at different measuring height within the canopy height. The results indicate very low wind velocities when measurements were made close to the ground level. Thus, the concern about the wind effect on deposition should be focused on the upper parts of the tree canopy. Figure 3 11 The change in maximum wind velocity ratio within the canopy height. *= significant at 5% level.
60 B ased on the wind conditions observed in this study, the following conclusions could be drawn 1 For field characteristics similar to those described in this study w ind velocity and d irection measured at 10 m he i gh t and about 550 m beyond the citrus grove did not reliably represent the wind condition recorded within the grove. 2 Averaging wind speed or t aking the maximums showed the similar trends of variability at different measuring h eights. 3 The t ree canopies significantly reduce d wind velocity but the reduction depend ed on the measurement height The reduction reached 40% at about 0.5 m below the canopy height (4 m). However, it could reach 90% at the lower height of the canopy (0.6 m) 4 Wind velocity at the canopy level could be estimated from the measurement s made at 10 m height inside the grove. However, w ind condition within citrus grove s varies substantially even within a few seconds. Wind gusts could reach 5 m/s or higher but the se gusts may be masked by averaging wind speed. Such variability could affect spray deposition substantially.
61 CHAPTER 4 DISTORTION OF SIMULATED AIR JET OF AIR ASSISTED SPRAYER AND CHANGES IN ITS DEPOSITION DUE TO THE AMBIENT WIND In any air assisted spray applicat ion, the ability of the air jet to transport the spray droplets to the canopy and obtain a uniform coverage of the pesticide on the canopy is an ultimate goal. The movement of the air jet and, hence the trajectories of spray droplets are influenced by the ambient wind. Since most of the air assisted sprayers apply the pesticide from both sides, a headwind could deflect the air jet and reduce its velocity while a tailwind enhances its movement. A crosswind (90) of 5 m/s average speed reduced the velocity of the sprayer air jet and deflected its direction (toward the wind direction) by an average of 2.0 m/s and 0.5 m at horizontal distance of 2.3 m from the sprayer air outlet, respectively ( Endalew et al., 2010 ) Any changes in the air jet characteristics due to the wind might have substantial impact on spray deposition on the tree through changing the droplet sp eed and its trajectory, which might result in less deposition or coverage uniformity. Droplet size directly affect s the droplet speed and trajectory ( Bagherpour et al., 2012 ) Larger droplet sizes (> 400 m) were faster (4.5 8.5 m/s) than smaller ones (< 400 m) with measured at 0.5 m from the nozzle exit ( Nuyttens et al., 2007 ) At the same time, the effect of wind depend s on its direction. A crosswind of 135 measured from the air jet direction, deflected the air jet more than the 90 measured at 20 cm from the outlet ( Fox et al., 1985 ) Different air assisted sprayers have different airflows. Increas ing the airflow could help to transport the droplets to the whole canopy; however, reducing the airflow improved the deposition at the near side of the canopy ( Farooq and Salyani, 2004 ) The characteristics of the airflow determine its behavior under windy condition. Air jet
62 discharged from a n arrower outlet was deflected more than the one discharged from a wider outlet due to the crosswind when they have the same power at the outlet ( Fox et al., 1985 ) Developments of the air assisted sprayers are ongoing to improve the efficiency of these sprayers Matching the air jet velocity and vol ume to the canopy characteristics is one of the advanced changes to improve the sprayer efficiency ( Chen et al., 2012 ) Wind effects on the deposition co uld be different due to the diversity in the air jet volumes, velocities, and directions of different sprayer designs In addition, a t field conditions, wind speed is changeable and fluctuate s within short time For example, within 20 s only, chosen random ly from the spray time, wind speed changed between 2.7 to 8.2 m/s ( Koch et al., 2005 ) These momentary changes in the wind conditions may alter the droplet trajectory. In addition, it ma de it difficult to find a significant relationship between the wind conditions and the deposition variability ( Nordbo et al., 1993 ) There is a strong belie f in the effects of wind on the deposition distribution in orchards application; however, quantifying these effects is more complicated ( Stover et al., 2003 ; Koch et al., 2005 ) Although studying the effect of wind on spray deposition under field conditions could provide more realistic results than laboratory tests, the latter may establish some useful trends under controlled conditions. In addition, conducting field experiments is more expensive and bring in higher levels of uncertainty due to the variability in field conditions ( Xu et al., 1998 ) Specific objectives of this study were to: 1 Determine the effects of ambient wind on the behavior of the air jet discharged from a simulated air assisted spray er. 2 Quantify the effect of the wind on spray deposition under laboratory conditions
63 4.1 Materials a nd Methods Air J et D istortion 4.1.1 126.96.36.199 System s imulation The air assisted sprayer and ambient wind were simulated using a centrifugal and a n axial flow fan, respectiv ely The centrifugal fan operated at one speed. The air jet was discharged from different rectangular outlet sizes: large (200 cm 2 ), medium (126 cm 2 ), and small (90 cm 2 ). Average air velocities for these outlets were 14.2, 15.0, and 15.3 m/s, respectively. Two sets of straighteners were installed within the air jet path to reduce its turbulence. Wind was delivered from a rectang ul ar outlet of 20 cm height and 80 cm width at three nominal velocities of 0.0, 1.2, and 2.2 m/s (no, low, and high) and three dire ctions of 60, 90, and 120 relative to the air jet direction. The direction angles were made by moving the centrifugal fan in relation to the axial flow fan The wind outlet was divided into six compartments to improve the airflow unif ormity across the o utlet width. 188.8.131.52 Data c ollection A hotwire anemometer (Flow Master t ype 54 N60 Dantec Measurement Technology, Skovlunde, Denmark ) was used to measure the air velocity. The anemometer sensor was held on an automated mechanism to move back and forth, continuou sly, on a track perpendicular to the wind direction ( Figure 4 1 ). The sensor mov ed at speed of 0.04 m/s in both directions along 0.85 m, track length. It also was moved in and out of the device, manually, to create 12 parallel tracks, which covered the measuring area (0.3 m 2 ). The f irst track was located at 5 cm in front of the wind outlet and the others were spaced at 2.5 cm for the first 7 tracks and 5 cm for the rest. Measurements were taken at both directions of the sensor m ovement. Air speed was
64 read at a frequency of 1 Hz and the data was automatically transferred to a laptop computer. Electrical switches were installed at both ends of the track to automatically start and stop transferring the data to the computer. This way minimized the variability in collecting time among treatments. Other electrical switches were installed at the two ends to stop the sensor movement, automatically to improve the work efficiency and safety. Figure 4 1 Top view sketch of anemometer sensor movement within the measuring area. 184.108.40.206 Sensor a ngle The anemometer sensor, used in this experiment, measures the air velocity at one dimension. Therefore, its direction in rela tion to the air direction could affect its readings. Crosswinds could change the air jet direction, continuously along its movement; hence changing the air jet angle will affect the sensor readings. At the same time, keep changing the sensor angle to be pe rpendicular to the air direction all the time was not applicable. To find an appropriate direction to install the sensor, five direction angles of the sensor (0, 30, 45, 60, and 90 measured counterclockwise from the air jet centerline) were tested ( Figure 4 2 ). At each angle, air velocity was measured at fifteen locations (5 tracks 3 points each) within the measuring area. Locations were
65 spaced at 5.0, 5.0, 7.5, and 10.0 cm between tracks and 20.5 cm within each track. At each location, the air jet velocity was recorded continuously for at least 35 s at 1 s interval. Readings were recorded in the middle height of the air jet outlet. Results showed different trends for each angle at different locations. However, as an overa ll comparison, the angle of 45 recorded the highest velocity average. Thus, the sensor angle was fixed at 45 from the air jet centerline for all the readings. Figure 4 2 Top view sketch of sensor tip angles relative to air jet direction. Dotted lines represent the tip slots. 220.127.116.11 Air jet v elocity r eduction Figure 4 3 shows the velocity of the air jet rec orded at different tracks along the air jet centerline. Similar data of each wind treatment were used to create a horizontal contour of maximum air velocities, measured at about 2.5 cm interval along the air jet direction, to show any distortion in the air jet ( Endalew et al., 2010 ) A regression line was fitted to the contour points and used to find the reduc tion in the air jet velocity. Normalized reduction ratios were calculated by inputting the same start (2.5 cm) and end (82.5 cm) distances into all the regression equations. Velocity changes that happened at no wind were subtracted from the reductions of w ind treatments to show the wind effect, only.
66 Figure 4 3 Air jet velocity measured at the 12 tracks under no wind condition 18.104.22.168 Air jet d irection d eflection Directions of the air jets were tracked by locating the x and y axis of the velocity maximums of air jet recorde was used to fit a second order regression curve to the coordinates of each treatment ( Figure 4 4 ). The deflection in the direction of each air jet was calculated by inputting 2.5 and 82.5 cm to each equation as start and end distances, respectively. Air jets, normally, move straight at no crosswind. However, if there was any deflection at no wind, it was subtracted from the deflection of other wind velocities to corre ct any error that might have happened due to some deviation in the dire ction of the simulated sprayer. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Air jet velocity (m/s) Distance (cm) along the air jet centerline 0.0 cm 2.5 cm 5.0 cm 7.5 cm 10.0 cm 12.5 cm 15 cm 20 cm 25 cm 30 cm 35 cm 40 cm Measuring tracks distances cross the air jet
67 Deposition Study 4.1.2 The simulated air jet and ambient wind systems, used in the study of air jet distortion, were also used in this section. In addition, a piezoelectric nozzle droplet generator, using orifice sizes of 50, 100, and 150 m, was used to generate different spray droplet spectra. The nozzle uses an electrical frequency to break up a continuous water stream into droplets at a relatively uniform si ze. A sinusoid voltage at different high frequencies generated by a Synthesized Function Generator (model Instek SGF 2110, Good Will Instrument Co., Ltd., Taiwan) was used to operate the nozzle. Figure 4 4 Locations of air velocity maximums with regression fits. **=significant at 1% level. Deionized (DI) water, delivered under a fixed air pressure, was used as spray liquid. The three orifice sizes resulted in mean droplet diamet ers of 107, 207, and 267 m, respectively ( T able 4 1 ). Spray droplets were charged with a positive high voltage (0.4 to 1.5 kV, based on the droplet sizes) to separate them and reduce their chance to y = 0.30 x 2 + 18.75x 110 R = 0.78 ** y = 0.37 x 2 + 15.82x 92.74 R = 0.94 ** 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Distance (cm) along the air jet centerline Distance (cm) cross the air jet centerline 0.0 m/s 1.2 m/s 2.2 m/s Polynomial (1.2 m/s) Polynomial (2.2 m/s) Wind speed
68 coalesce ( Robert and Threadgill, 1974 ) Spray droplets were collected on cylindrical targets made of paper towel. Each target was prepared by wrapping a piece of towel (8 5 cm) around a PVC pipe section (2.5 5 cm) as target holder. Thus, the pro jection area of the target was about 12.5 cm 2 which approximate s one third the size of a typical citrus leaf area The towel was held onto the holder by a special ly designed clipper, which ease d the replacement of targets. Sprayed targets were collected u sing pairs of tweezers, put in sealable bags, and weighted with a digital scale (Sartorius Research Model R300s, Data Weighing Systems Inc. Illinois) to determine the deposition. More details about this method were given by Salyani ( 1988 ) The deposition test was conducted at one angle (9 0) between the air jet and the wind centerlines. Droplet size was determined using an immersion cell method ( Robert and Threadgill, 1974 ) In this technique, droplets were collected between 2 layers of silicon oils (Dim ethylpolysiloxane) of different viscosities, 100 Cs (upper layer) and 60000 Cs (lower layer), respectively. O il layers prepare a bed to the droplets to maintain their spherical shapes, relatively, and to reduce their chance of evaporation. Spray droplets w ere collected by moving uncovered immersion cell within the droplet cloud. The cell was moved immediately and the diameters of ten droplets, chosen randomly, were read under the microscope. Two droplet samples were taken for each treatment. Measured diamet er s (Di) were input to E quation 4 1 ( ASABE Standards, 2012b ) to determine the volume mean diameter ( ) of the s pray droplet spectrum. Also, a calculated volume mean diameter (D C ) was obtained from implementing the flow rate (Q) and frequency (F) ( corresponding to each treatment ) in E quation ( 4 2 ) ( Salyani, 1988 )
69 ( 4 1 ) Where, p = 3 and q = 0. ( 4 2 ) 22.214.171.124 Droplet t raject ory d eflection The deflection of droplet trajectory was determined by sampling the deposition on targets fixed at specific locations and sprayed for certain duration. Eight target locations (P1 to P8), spaced at 5 cm interval for the first 5 locations and 7.5 cm for the remain ing locations were used The locations were arranged in a line perpendicular to the air jet direction at 85 cm from the air jet outlet. Only one target was used a time. Any changes in the system pressure will change the flow rate and the droplet size. Cutoff the flow and restart it between any two followed treatments will change the pressure. To avoid the unwanted changes that might happen in the system pressure, the spray was not shut off during the time of changing targets or treatme nts. Instead, a special electromechanical device was designed and used to stop the spray during the non spray time by collecting the spray droplets and redirect ing them to a draining container. However, the device move d aside from the droplets stream durin g spray time. The device is spring loaded to normally collect the droplets and prevent them from reaching targets. However, using an electrical solenoid and switches, the target holder movement will close and open the electrical circuit to determine the st art and stop of the spray. The spray was started manually and shut down, automatically and its time was controlled by an electrical timer (Dimco Gralab Darkroom Universal Timer Model 165, Ohio). Sprayed targets were handled as fast as possible with care to minimize the
70 evaporation rate of the water from them. After obtaining the deposition data (using the weighing method), a weighted average was calculated for the highest three deposition values of each treatment to estimate the location of the depositio n peak. The locations were used to determine the deflection distance of the droplet trajectory. The deposition changes in the locations will be accounted for the wind changes Thus, all treatments were normalized to have the same starting points (zero ). Table 4 1 Droplet generator system settings for the discharged droplet sizes. Orifice diameter Pressure P/SD (kPa) Frequency F/SD (kHz) Flow Rate Q/SD (ml/min) Droplet Mean Diameter[ a ] D c /SD (m) D 30 /SD (m) 50 m 59.9/ 0.5 21.450/ 0.2 0.96/ 0.03 113/ 1 107/ 2 100 m 40.2/ 0.7 9.385/ 0.3 2.97/ 0.18 216/ 6 207/ 10 150 m 39.7/ 1.2 9.460/ 0.0 5.89/ 0.59 270/ 9 267/ 12 [ a ] D c = calculated mean volume diameter, D 30 = meas ured mean volume diameter, SD= standard deviation. 126.96.36.199 Deposition q uantification To quantify the deposition spray droplets were c ollect ed on targets moving at a relatively fixed speed of 0. 0 3 m/s along the measuring area At the same moving speed and spr a y time, spray flow rate delivered from larger orifice size (150 m) was more than the flow rate of smaller orifice size (50 m). Hence, the speed was chosen to maximize the deposition without reaching the runoff stage T he depositions of different treatments were normalized based on one flow rate (0.05 cm 3 /s). To maximize the deposition collection, targets were moved at three heights (3 cm interval). Based on results of a previous part of this study, the deflection distances were different among different tre atment combinations. Thus, the moving distance as well as its start and end positions were set to be different among the wind treatments. Accordingly, the start and
71 stop switches were installed at a sliding plate for easy adjustments. Changing the position of the switches maximized the target exposure time to the spray and minimized its waiting time under no spray conditions. Sprayed targets were handled in the same way used in the trajectory deflection to obtain the deposition data. Experiment Procedure a nd Design 4.1.3 The study was conducted in two stages. The first one (started in March 2011) was designed to determine the distortion in the simulated sprayer air jet due to ambient wind. The second one (started in January 2012) was designed to study the wind e ffects on deposition variability through finding the deflection in the droplets trajectories and quantifying the deposition. The distortion experiment was arranged as split split plot with four replications. Variables of wind directions (60, 90, and 120 ), outlet sizes ( 9 0, 126, and 20 0 cm 2 ), and wind velocities (0.0, 1.2, and 2.2 m/s) were tested as main plot, sub plot, and sub sub plot, respectively The trajectory deflection part was arranged as split split plot with four replications. Orifice diameters (50, 100, and 150 m), wind speeds (0.0, 1.2, and 2.2 m/s), and target positions (P1 to P8) represented the whole plots, subplots, and sub subplots, respectively. To quantify the deposition, wind speeds (0.0, 1.2, and 2.2 m/s) and outlet sizes ( 9 0, 126, an d 20 0 cm 2 ) were examined in a factorial experiment with four replications. All studies were arranged in Randomized Complete Block GLM software 9.2 (SAS Institute, In c., Cary, N.C.) and means significance.
72 4.2 Results and Discussion Air J et Velocity Reduction 4.2.1 Statistical analysis of the data showed significant reductions in the veloci ty of the air jet by changing wind direction, air jet outlet size, or wind speed. There was also a significant effect of the interaction between these variables on the velocity changes. Figure 4 5 (left) shows the velocity redu ction of the air jet, discharged from different outlet sizes, due to wind effects. The velocity of the air jet normally declined as it moved away from the outlet. At no wind, the velocities of the air jets discharged from the large, medium, and small outle ts, measured at 0.85 m from the outlet, were reduced by 21%, 33%, and 45%, respectively. The overall velocity averages of the air jet delivered from the large medium, and small outlets were 14.2, 15.0, and 15.3 m/s respectively Those velocities resulted in airflow of 0. 28 0.1 9 and 0. 1 4 m 3 /s, respectively T he differences between the air velocities were not as large as those of the airflows Therefore, maintaining the air jet velocity depends on the airflow more than the initial velocity. Increasing wi nd speed increased the velocity reduction of the air jets for all the outlets. Applying a crosswind of 1.2 m/s further reduced the velocity by 9%, 13%, and 11% for the 3 outlets, respectively. Increasing the wind speed to 2.2 m/s added 18%, 21%, and 22% mo re reduction to those happened at no wind, respectively. This indicates a positive relationship between wind speed and its effects on the air jet distortion, especially within the velocity of 2.2 m/s or less After subtracting the normal decline in the air jet velocity, wind effects differed based on the outlet sizes. At high wind, the air jets of both medium and large outlets gave similar reduction, which was significantly higher than the smaller outlet. In contrast, the air jet of the medium outlet,
73 at th e low wind, gave the highest velocity reduction (13%). It was significantly higher than the other two outlets. Wind effects on the velocity of the air jet were affected by changing wind direction. Crosswinds coming from the same direction as the air jet d irection have less effect on the air jet distortion than perpendicular or opposite winds. As wind effect only, the crosswind of 90 resulted in the highest velocity reduction of 19% as compared with 120 and 60 , which resulted in 16% and 11%, respectively ( Figure 4 5 right). Both wind velocities followed similar trends over all wind directions. Deflection of the Air J et Direction 4.2.2 Crosswind not only reduced the air jet velocity but also it deflected its direction. Figure 4 6 shows the changes in the air jet direction due to the wind effects. The left side of the figure shows a deflection in the air jet direction due to both wind velocities. Doubling the wind speed resulte d in more than twice deflection in the air jet. An overall average of 10.1 and 4.2 cm deflection in the air jet direction happened at high and low winds, respectively At low wind, there was no significant differen ce in the direction changes among the air jets of all the outlets. However, at high wind, the air jet of the small, medium, and large outlets deflect ed by 12.3, 9.7, and 8.1 cm, respectively. Thus, increasing the air jet volume could mitigate the wind effects. Changing wind direction resulted in significantly different deflections in the air jet direction ( Figure 4 6 right). At both wind velocities, wind coming from direction of 60 resulted in the lowest deflection in the air jet direction as compared with the 90 a nd 120 direction. Crosswinds coming from 90 and 120 resulted in similar deflections in the air jet direction. Both wind speeds have similar trends for each direction. If t hese deflections in
74 the air jet direction due to the wind cannot be eliminated, th ey need to be considered for adjusting the start and stop of the spray in variable rate sprayers. Figure 4 5 Velocity reduction of the air jet due to crosswind under different air outlet sizes (left) and wind directions (right). Within each outlet size or wind direction, bars with the same letter are not significantly different at the 5% level Figure 4 6 Deflection of the air jet due to crosswind for different air outlet sizes (left) and wind directions (right). Within outlet size or wind d irection, each two neighboring bars with the same letter are not significantly different at the 5% level c c c b b b B B B a a a A A A 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 90 126 200 60 90 120 Air jet velocity reduction (%) Air jet outlet size (cm 2 ) Wind direction (deg) 0.0 m/s 1.2 m/s 2.2 m/s Wind Speed Wind Speed SD Mean separation lettere b b b b b b a a a a a a 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 90 126 200 60 90 120 Deflection of air jet direction (cm) Air jet outlet size (cm 2 ) Wind direction (degree) 1.2 m/s 2.2 m/s Wind Speed SD Mean separation lettere
75 Droplet Trajectory Deflection 4.2.3 Figure 4 7 shows the deflection in trajectories of different droplet sizes, carried by air jet delivered from different outlet sizes, due to crosswinds. The right side of the figure shows the trajectories of all droplet sizes w h ere they deflected at both wind velocities. However, their deflection magnitudes between the two wind velocities were different. At 1.2 m/s, trajectories of all droplet sizes deflected within a small range of 3.7 3.9 c m Increasing the wind speed to 2.2 m/s added more deflection and expanded its range for all droplet sizes. The smalle r the d roplet size is the longe r deflecting distance. Droplets of the 107 m deflected by 9.7 cm as compared with 7.6 cm for the larger droplet (267 m). Deflection of the droplet trajectory was also affected by the volume of the air jet ( Figure 4 7 left). All trajectories at different air jet volumes were deflected due to the crosswind. The deflection trends of the three air jets were similar at the two wind velocities. However, deflection of the droplets increased by reduci ng air je t volume Figure 4 7 Changes in the trajectories of different droplet sizes (right) at different outlet sizes (left) due to crosswind. Within outlet size or droplet size, each two neighboring bars with the same letter are not signi ficantly different at the 5% level b b b b b b a a a a a a 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 90 126 200 107 207 267 Shifting deposition peaks (cm) Air jet outlet size (cm 2 ) Droplet size (m) 1.2 m/s 2.2 m/s Wind Speed SD Mean separation lettere
76 Studying the behavior of different droplet sizes under different air flows showed different trends. Droplet sizes of 107 and 207 m behaved similarly under different airflows Their trajectories deflected more as the ai rflow reduced. However, droplets size of 267 m had different trend. Its trajectory deflected less at medium outlet than at large or small outlet. From the results, it was not clear why the air jet delivered from the outlet 126 cm 2 had less deflection than the 200 cm 2 outlet. Deposition Quantification 4.2.4 To quantify the deposition for each treatment, cumulative water was collected on a moving target along the target locations. Figure 4 8 shows the wind effects on the deposition re sulted from different droplet sizes. Over all wind velocities, increasing the droplet size significantly added more deposition on targets. The 107 207 and 267 m droplet sizes resulted in overall deposition averages of 2.31, 4.24, and 4.71 mg/cm 2 resp ectively. The deposition of these droplets was significantly affected by the crosswind. Over all the droplet sizes, deposition of 4.38 mg/cm 2 was recorded under no wind condition. Applying a crosswind of 1.2 and 2.2 m/s significantly reduced the deposition by 11% and 32%, respectively. The reduction in the deposition due to the crosswind had similar trends for all droplet sizes. In addition, the reduction in the deposition is proportional to the wind speed and droplet size. Using different sizes of the air jet outlet did not affect the deposition, significantly. Deposition quantities collected from different droplet sizes did not follow a clear trend over the air outlet sizes. However, reducing the outlet size from 200 cm 2 to 126 and 90 cm 2 resulted in an ov erall deposition reduction of 5% and 9%, respectively. Changes in the deposition, measured at short distance (0.8 m) from the outlet, could be clearer at farther distances.
77 Figure 4 8 Deposition of different droplet sizes under the effect of crosswind (left) and air jet outlet size (right). Within each wind velocity or air jet outlet size bars with the same letters are not significantly dif ferent at the 5% level Fitting a multiple regression to the droplet size (Ds) and wind speed (Ws) variables to estimate the deposition, (Dep) resulte d in the relationship shown in E quation ( 4 3 ) with a coefficient of determination R 2 = 0.89. ( 4 3 ) Including the air jet outlet size (Os) as independent variable did not improve the estimation, and hence it was excluded. 4.3 Uncertainty Air velocity measured in the laboratory could have some un certainty due to specifications of the instruments or the test setup. The uncertainty within the air velocity readings could come from the following sources: 1 Sensor resolution error, u rs It equals to half of the last reporting digit. Since data was report ed in m/s at two digits, the resolution error is 0.005 m/s. b c b b c b a b a a b a a a a a a a 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 0 1.2 2.2 90 126 200 Spray deposition (mg/cm 2 ) Wind Speed (m/s) Air jet outlet size (cm 2 ) 107 m 207 m 267 m Droplet Size SD Mean separation lettere
78 2 Zero order uncertainty error u 0 It represents the expected random error caused by the data scatter around the actual readings. It is estimated as 1/2 of the sensor resolution. Because, the r esolution was 0.005 m/s, the zero order error was 0.0025 m/s. 3 Sensor accuracy error u a It is assumed 0.1 m/s (manufacture specifications) 4 Linearity error u l Since the sensor is measuring the wind velocity indirectly, it assumed to have some linea rity error. This error is assumed 0.05 % of the full reading range. The reading range for the sensor was 50 m/s. T herefore, the linearity error is 0.025 m/s. 5 Sensitivity error u s This error could come from the variation of the ambient temperature duri ng the measuring time. However, the temperature within the lab oratory was automatically controlled within 3C. In addition the sensor readings for each run were always completed with a maximum of 35 s T herefore, this error was neglected. 6 Hysteresis err or u h It represents the error in the readings that comes from the upscale and downscale measuring. This error assumed to be less than 0.015 % of the full reading range. Therefore it was 0.0075 m/s because the full rang was 50 m/s. 7 Repeatability error u r Repeating the measurements at different time at the same conditions may not give the same readings. Thus, the repeatability error was assumed to equal to the standard error (SE) of the readings of the sensor. The sensor was used to measure wind speed at fixed places. The SE of those readings was 0.023 m/s. Therefore, the repeatability error was 0.023 m/s. 8 Moving error u m In order to measure wind velocity along the ambient wind outlet, the sensor was moved m/s. This movement creates an error within the wind velocity readings. Thus, the error c ame from the sensor movement was 0.025 m/s. The overall uncertainty was calculated using E quation 4 4 ( Figliola and Beasley, 2006 ) (4 4 )
79 Now, the overall uncertainty associate d with the wind velocity readings recorded in the laboratory by the hot wire anemometer is 0. 11 m/s. Based on the results of the laboratory tests it could be concluded that : 1 A crosswind of 2.2 m/s significantly reduced the air jet velocity by 20%, meas ured at 0.85 m from the air jet outlet. Maximum reduction happened at the 90 direction of the wind than the 60 and 120. 2 The crosswind of 2.2 m/s deflected the air jet direction of a small air volume (0.14 m 3 /s) by 12.0 cm measured at 0.85 m from the out let. However, doubling the air volume (larger outlet) reduced the air jet deflection by 34%. 3 Maintaining the air jet velocity depends on its volume more than its velocity at the air outlet. 4 The changes in velocity and direction of the air jet due to the cr osswind shifted the trajectory of droplets. The shift was about 10 cm for 107 m droplet size but reduce by 22% for larger droplets (267 m). 5 Overall, crosswind of 2.2 m/s reduced the deposition by 32% (measured at 0.85 m from the air outlet); however, th e deposition was affected by the droplet size and the wind speed more than the air volume.
80 CHAPTER 5 VARIATION IN THE DEPOSITION OF AN AIR ASSISTED SPRAYER DUE TO THE AMBIENT WIND IN AN OPEN AREA Ambient wind could reduce the number of droplets that reach the tar gets due to restrictions to the movement of the sprayer air jet. It could reduce the deposition at upwind side and increase it downwind side. Sometimes, wind could increase the deposition by creating turbulence around targets, which results in putting depo sition on both target sides. Wind that comes parallel to the sprayer moving line is expected to reduce the deposition on the targets far away from the sprayer due to deflecting the air jet and restrict it from reaching the farther targets. However, it incr eases the deposition on targets close to the sprayer due to moving droplets along the sprayer travel line, which give s more time for the droplets to deposit on targets. Thus, wind could result in a non uniform deposition, which will affect the pesticide ef ficacy. In a study to recover spray droplets, conducted in an open area ( Theriault et al., 2001 ) driving downwind recovered about 4 0 % extra droplets as compared with driving upwind. The results show the effects of the wind on the deposition distribution between the two moving directions of the sprayer. Conducting a spray experiment in an open area, (no trees) will establish clearer trends of the wind effects on the deposition variability than the real citrus grove. In the presence of tree canopies, wind speed will be reduced significantly and its direction might change. At the same time, wind condition within the gr ove change rapidly. For example, within 20 s only, chosen randomly from a spray time, wind speed changed between 2.7 to 8.2 m/s ( Koch et al., 2005 ) These momentary changes in the wind c onditions may alter the droplet trajectory and, hence add more deposition variability. In addition, it made it difficult to find a significant relationship between the wind conditions
81 and the deposition variability ( Nordbo et al., 1993 ) Biological samples (citrus leaves) also will add more variability to the deposition due to the differences in their sizes, ages, and projection angles. The leaves issues could be minimized by using artificial targets that are relatively uniform in their characteristics and sizes and can be installed at comparable distances. In the grove condition, it is not applicable to repeat the spray treatment on the same tree due to the contamination issue; however, with artificial targets in an open area, the cross contamination can be minimized. Improving the spray application efficiency by determin ing the factors that cause spray variability is the key to reduce the pesticid es wastages ( Nordbo et al., 1993 ) and get better pest control. Thus, a spray test was conducted in an open area using artificial targets with th e following objectives: 1 Determine the effects of ambient wind on deposition distribution of pesticide on artificial targets in an open area. 2 Examine if the sprayer operating parameters (travel speed and direction) could change the wind effects on the depo sition. 5.1 Materials and Methods Field A rea 5.1.1 The spray experiment was conducted in an open field in Lake Alfred, Florida on 16 19 July 2012. The field had some dead citrus trees but they were no more than 1.3 m tall. However, the test area was cleaned satisfa ctorily and there was no tree between targets and the sprayer. There were also no large windbreaks within about 250 m from the filed borders. Sampling L ocations 5.1.2 A sampling structure consisting of six PVC pipes, 0.05 3 m ( Figu re 5 1 ) was designed and used to hold targets at distances of 3 6 and 9 m measured from the
82 sprayer fan centerline, at each side of the sprayer and heights of 1 2 and 3 m for each distance. Pipes were arranged in line from North to South ( three at ea ch side of the sprayer ) Each pipe was pivotally connected to a wood base and supported by four ropes at 90 apart. The arrangement allows each individual pipe to be tilted to about 40 from the ground so targets were put and removed easily with no need fo r ladder. Eighteen targets were sprayed at once for each treatment. Figure 5 1 Sketch of the target locations in the spray test in open field Target M aking 5.1.3 Targets were mad e of absorbent tissue paper ( Figure 5 2 ) A piece of the paper (15.2 5 .2 cm) was folded around a plastic supporter (8.6 5.2 cm) to create a target of 7.6 5.2 cm area, approximately, leaving about 1cm from top of the plast ic supporter uncovered to be used for holding the target. Targets were made of one layer of paper except those used on the first distances (D1s) close to the sprayer, which had three layers to account for more deposition. Another metal supporter (8.6 5.2 cm) was added to each target at the first distance from the sprayer to minimize target bending due to the high velocity sprayer air jet. Binder clips (Bulldog) were fixed at the pipes and used as target holders to facilitate target exchange.
83 Figure 5 2 Sketch of an a rtificial target (tissue pap er) used in the open field experiment Sprayer and tracer characteristics 5.1.4 An air assisted sprayer (Power Blast 500 Sprayer, Rears Manufacturing Co., Eugene, Ore.) powere d by the Power Take Off ( PTO ) shaft of Ford 7740 tractor (Ford Motor, Dearborn, M ich. ) at 540 rpm (1900 engine rpm) was used to apply a tracer of a water soluble fluorescence dye, Pyranine 10G (Keystone Aniline Corporation, Chicago, I ll. ), at a concentrati on of 1000 mg/L ( ppm ) (nominal) to the targets. The sprayer has an axial flow fan ( 83.8 cm in diameter ) and two exchangeable sets of 24 nozzles (12 each side). N ozzles of each side (12 nozzles) were connected to one separated manifold Two sets of Albuz AT R, hollow cone nozzles, Blu e and Lilac (Ceramiques Techniques Desmarquest, Evreux, France) were used on the sprayer during the spray experiments. The specifications of these nozzles are shown in T able 5 1 Sprayer Calibration 5.1.5 T he air assisted sprayer ( described in S ection 5.1.4) powered by the Ford 7740 tractor was calibrated. Only water was used as spray liquid for the calibration. The sprayer was calibrated for both immobile and moving situations.
84 For the stationary part, the sprayer was stopped at a relatively level ground. It was calibrated for right side, left side, and the both sides for the two nozzle types. All the twelve nozzles at each side were opened For on e side calibration, the sprayer was operated for about one a nd five minutes for the Blue and Lilac nozzles, respectively. The fluid pressure was about 1 620 kPa ( 235 psi) and 1000 kPa ( 145 psi ) (nominal) for the Blue and Lilac nozzles, respectively. Changes in the pressure happened due to changes in the pump speed ( the pump could operate at two constant speeds and shifting between them was made manually through pulley and v belt). Table 5 1. Specifications* of the Blue and Lilac nozzles. Nozzle Color Flow rate (L/min) Nozzle type Spray pattern Pan angle Droplet siz e (D v0.5 ) SD (m) Pressure used (kPa) Blue 3.57 ATR Hollow cone 80 164 5 1000 Lilac 0.48 ATR Hollow cone 80 104 3 1000 *The specifications were cited from ( Salyani et al., 2013 ) Before star ting each run, the sprayer was filled with water to the top edge of the tank inlet. The speed of the tractor engine was raised to 1900 rpm to produc e the 540 rpm of the PTO shaft, which is required to operate the sprayer. The system pressure was left for a moment to stabilize and then recorded. The spray was started and stopped manually by the operator. The spray time of each run was recorded using a stopwatch. After stopping the spray, the sprayer was refilled with water to the same level using a nursing t ank equipped with a flow meter. The volume of the added water was measured, recorded, and used as the discharged volume for the recorded time. Each run was repeated four times. Switching between the two nozzles types was made by flipping each nozzle holder manually to shutoff one nozzle and open the other.
85 However, changing the flow between right left and the 2 side was made by the operator through manually open ing and clos ing water valves. For the 2 side calibration, the flow rate for both sides (24 nozzles) was opened and shutoff simultaneously using one (main) water valve. The discharged water was measured using the same procedure described for one side calibration. All the other setting and adjustments such as engine speed and nozzle types were the same as those of 1 side calibration One difference between the 1 side and 2 side tests was the operatin g pressure. At 540 rpm of the PTO shaft, the pressure was almost the same for all runs of each nozzle before turning the spray on. However, opening the nozzles of 1 side only or both sides together reduced the pressure by about 2.8% and 6.2% for the Blue nozzle and by 0.0% and 1.4% for the Lilac nozzle, respectively. For the calibration of the dynamic mode after filling the sprayer with water, it was ru n and spray on both sides for a distance of 30.5 m. A flag was put at the point when the spray started. Another flag was put at the corresponding point when the spray stopped. The distance between the two flags was measured using measuring tape. At the sam e time, the time between start and stop the spray was recorded. After each run, the sprayer was refilled with water. This procedure was repeated four times. The moving calibration was conducted at two travel speeds (1 Low and 3 Low of the tractor gearbox s etting) which gave an average travel speed of 2.14 and 4.64 km/h, respectively The m oving calibration was made using Blue nozzle, only with all nozzles (24) opened. The test was conducted on a ground similar to the one of the citrus grove spray experimen t.
86 The flow rate (volume per time unit) of the sprayer for a 1 side or 2 side is the volume of water discharged from that side or both divided by its corresponding time. Similarly, the travel speed of the sprayer was calculated from dividing the travelled distance (30.5 m) by the corresponding time. The flow rate was normalized based on the actual reading of the liquid pressure through E quation 5 1 ( ASABE Standards, 2012a ) ( 5 1) Where: Q 1 = Flow rate recorded at pressure P 1 P 1 = Calibrated operating pr essure Q 2 = Normalized flow rate at pressure P 2 P 2 = Nominal operating pressure Data C ollection 5.1.6 During the spray treatments, t he sprayer was traveled at two nominal speeds: slow (2.0 km/h) and fast (6.0 km/h) at two reversed directions: West East and East West using two nozzle types, Blue and Lilac Eight combination treatments (Nozzle Speed Direction) were used. Spray was applied from both sides of the sprayer at once and all the twelve nozzles on each side were open. A fter about five minutes waiting a fter spray, PVC pipes were tilted so the contaminated targets were reached and collected, manually without using a ladder. Each target was collected by insert ing it directly into a sealable plastic bag then release d it from the holder. Bags were sealed and stored in an icebox before taken them to the laboratory for analysis. To minimize the cross contamination, target holders were wiped dry by rags before putting new
87 targets. In addition, target holders were directed upward to minimize the runoff contaminat ion upon the targets. Another set of new targets were put in their holders and the pipes were set back to their vertical direction to be ready for the next run. Spray was started at 5 m before targets line and shut off at 5 m beyond the line. Another 10 m distance was left on both sides of the spray area for the sprayer to stabilize its ground speed. Spray starting and ending time were recorded and used for extracting the appropriate wind conditions. Two tank samples were taken before and after spraying of each day. Operating pressure was recorded for both nozzle types at open and closed conditions for each day. The e xperiment was conducted at randomized complete block design (RCBD) at six replications. Weather D ata C ollection 5.1.7 A weather station ( Figure 3 1 ) was set up at 30 m to the East of the target line and 10 m to the South of the sprayer traveling line. Wind velocity and direction were recorded at 10 and 3 m heights at 1 s interval. Recorded data were downloaded to a laptop computer, regularly. The data logger time was synchronized with the time of the stopwatch (used to record the spray time for each treatment, manually) to be able to extract the specific wind conditions for each spray treatment. D ata A nalysis 5.1.8 Samples were kept in the refrigerator while waiting to be analyzed. They were analyzed by replicati on using fluorometric analysis A Turner fluorometer (model 111, Turner Designs, Sunnyvale, CA) was used to read the fluorescence concentrations in the sample solution, s ay in F LX The fluorometer reads the concentration at 1x, 3x, 10x, and 30x magnitudes. Fluorescen ce of standard solution samples (made of stock solution has a concentration similar to the tank solution and less ) was read at more than
88 one magnitude of the f luorometer The readings were used to establish converting factors between the adjacent magnitudes as follow: 30x/10x = 3.01, 10x/3x = 2.83, and 3x/1x = 3.05. However, other relationships, 30x/3x = 8.53, 10x/1x = 8.64, and 30x/1x = 26.00, among these magni tudes were established by multiplication. Based on the expected tracer concentration at each sample, different volumes of deionized water (DI) were used to wash the tracer from targets. Two samples (about 10 ml) of the liquid of each washed target were ta ken and two readings were recorded for each sample. Some samples of high concentration were diluted with DI water to bring their tracer concentration to a readable range. Using the established converting factors among the fluorometer magnitudes samples fl uorescence was converted to readings at 1x magnitude A comp arable tracer concentration (FLX comp ) for all samples was c alculated using E quation 5 2 ( 5 2 ) Where FLX comp w, d, and A are the deposition per square centimeter, washing water volume (ml), dilution factor, and the target area ( 39.5 cm 2 ), respectively. The sample readings were corrected by subtracting the deposition collected from blank (unsprayed) samples. The standard solution readings were also used to establish a regression relationship be tween the fluorescent reading (F LX ) and the equivalent dye concentration (y) in g/L (ppb) ( Figure 5 3 ). The regression analysis fitted the relationship between the fluorescent reading ( FLX ) and the equivalent dye concentration ( g/L) in E quation 5 3 Thus, the comparable deposition readings ( FLX comp ) were converted to depositions (y) in g/cm 2 using Equation 5 3
89 Figure 5 3 The relationship between fluorescence readings a t 1X and the dye concentration g/L (ppb) **=significant at 1% level. ( 5 3 ) The deposition values were normalized ba sed on the actual travel speed (2 km/h nominal), dye concentrations in the tank samples, and the nozzle flow rates. Final deposition values were statistically analyzed using SAS 9.2 software (SAS Inc.). Treatment deposition means standard deviation (SD), coefficient of varia tion (CV), and ratio between means of different treatments were used to compare among the deposition at different treatment combinations. A regression analysis was used to establish any relationship between the wind conditions and the d eposition variability among different treatments. For a comparison between depositions collected on targets of two opposed distances, say 9.0 m to the right side and 9.0 m to the left side of the sprayer, regression fit between the two distances was calcu lated. Average deposition of the three heights was calculated. y = 13.238x + 12.820 R = 0.999** 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 0 20 40 60 80 Concentration g/L (ppb) Fluorescence readings (FLX) 1X
90 One way of finding the wind effect on the deposition variability was done by relating the x or y axis components of wind to the deposition collected on two sampling distances measured symmetr ically to the right and left sides of the sprayer. However, to clear any relationship with uneven discharge of the sprayer on both sides, ratios between the farthest two locations to the nearest location of one side were calculated. Wind velocity and dire ction, recorded during each spray treatment were averaged and used to explore their relationships with the deposition variability among treatments. Based on the recorded wind conditions, wind will be named as P arallel and Cross winds for those moved relativ ely parallel and perpendicular to the sprayer traveling line, respectively. Wind did not come exactly parallel or perpendicular to the sprayer traveling line. However, only treatments that have a wind direction within 45 ( 45 to 135 for the parallel an d 315 to 45 for the crosswind ) from the prevailing average of each group will be included in the category. The x axis and y axis component of the wind in each category will be used as parallel and crosswind respectively. 5.2 Results and Discussion Sprayer C alibration 5.2.1 Table 5 2 shows the results of the stationary sprayer calibration. Based on opening nozzles on both sides of the sprayer, Blue and Lilac nozzles delivered 102.9 and 12.3 L/min, respectively. The ratio between these fl ow rates was used to normalize the deposition of these nozzles of the field experiments. Testing the flow rate of each side separately showed no significant difference between the right side (52.4 L/min) and the left side (55.2 L/min) of the sprayer for th e Blue nozzle. However, at the Lilac nozzle, the right side gave higher flow rate (6.4 L/min) than the left side (5.9 L/min). The
91 difference between the two sides could be related to the difference in the flow rate between the nozzles themselves because th ey were used for different times before this experiment Table 5 2 Flow rate (L/min) for the Blue and Lilac nozzles at both sprayer sides. Reps Blue (L/min) Lilac (L/min) Right Left 2 sides Right Left 2 sides R1 52.8 51.1 103.6 6.3 5.8 12.4 R2 52 .4 54.2 102.3 6.5 6.1 12.4 R3 52.1 51.9 102.1 6.3 5.8 12.0 R4 52.3 51.7 103.7 6.4 5.7 12.4 Mean 52.4 52.2 102.9 6.4 5.9 12.3 SD 0.3 1.4 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.2 CV 0.6 2.6 0.8 1.0 2.3 1.4 At the moving calibration, the sprayer was tested for the Blue n ozzle, only. The sprayer delivered an average flow rate of 105.8 L/min, which is significantly higher than the flow rate (102.9 L/min) of the stationary test. However, the flow rate was not significantly different between the travel speeds of 2.1 and 4.6 k m/h. Increased the flow rate at the sprayer movement could come from changes in the engine rpm due to the sprayer travel. Wind C ondition 5.2.2 During the test, ambient wind never came from North. Therefore, targets on the north side collected more deposition tha n those on the south side. The overall deposition ratio between the north side and the south side averaged 3.6. However, the ratio was 1.2 when crosswind was about zero and almost doubled when wind increased to 3.0 m/s ( Figure 5 4 ). Crosswind 5.2.3 To account for the crosswind effect on the spray deposition, the y axis component of the wind speed (wind speed cosine of wind direction) was calculated
92 and used as a crosswind. However, some wind speeds that have directions almost paral lel to the sprayer moving line (west east) were excluded because they might contradict with the crosswind effect. Since most of the wind (during the test) came from the south direction, the word U pwind and D ownwind will be used to describe the south and no rth sides of the experiments, respectively. The deposition values and their ranges were reduced by computing a logarithm (log 10 ) for them. Wind effects on the deposition in the upwind and downwind sides were made by running a regression analysis between th e wind speed and the deposition collected at the same distances (3.0, 6.0, and 9.0 m) from both sprayer sides. Due to the difference between the deposition resulting from the Blue and Lilac nozzles, the deposition of each nozzle was plotted separately. Figure 5 4 Wind effect on deposition ratio on both sprayer sides. **= significant at 1% level. y = 1.20e 0.24x R = 0.14** 0 1 10 100 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 Downwind/Upwind deposition ratio Crosswind velocity (m/s) Exponential
93 Figure 5 5 shows the relationship between the wind spee d and the deposition collected upwind (dotted line) and downwind (solid line) at 3.0 m from the sprayer centerline For both nozzles, increasing the wind speed resulted in more deposition on both upwind and downwind sides. The deposition on the downwind ta rgets came from more spray droplets brought by the wind or at least not deflected away from the targets. However, at upwind targets, wind deflected the droplet trajectories into a relatively reversed direction, hence putting extra deposition on the backsid e of the targets (visually observed). The deposition changes on both sides and nozzles have similar trends. Linear relationships were established between the deposition changes and the wind speed; however, the high variability in the deposition resulted in low values to the coefficients of determination (R 2 s) of these regression fits. Moving farther to a distance of 6.0 m away from the sprayer, the effect of the crosswind on the deposition was different between upwind and downwind sides ( Figure 5 6 ). Deposition at both upwind and downwind sides was similar at low wind velocity (0 to 0.5 m/s). Increasing the wind speed differentiated the deposition between the two wind sides. At the upwind side, increasing the wind speed reduced t he deposition on targets of both nozzles. The wind restricted some spray droplets from reaching the targets. However, increasing the wind velocity enhanced the deposition recorded at targets in the downwind area. Faster wind moved droplets to farther dista nces downwind from the sprayer. In addition, increasing the wind speed resulted in higher variability in the deposition among the upwind treatments. Changes in the variability in upwind area agreed with results found by Theriault et al. ( 2001 )
94 Figure 5 5 Wind effect on deposition at 3 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. and **= significant at 5% and 1% levels, respectively. (ns) = non significant at 5% level. E xamine the wind effects on the deposition variability at the farthest distance (9.0 m) from the sprayer showed more effects of the crosswind on the deposition ( Figure 5 7 ). Similar to the one measured at 3 .0 and 6 .0 m, the fitt ing lines intersected at about zero wind speed showing the equality of the deposition between the upwind and downwind sides. However, increasing the wind speed resulted in more diverging between the two regression lines. The deposition in the upwind area r educed as the wind speed increased. A crosswind speed of 1.5 m/s or higher reduced the deposition at the 9 .0 m distance up wind to almost 10 n g/ cm 2 deposition as compared with a 1000 n g/ cm 2 or more at the downwind targets. The wind stopped the spray droplet s from reaching the targets located at 9 .0 m upwind while transported more droplets towards the downwind targets. Changes of the deposition at both upwind and downwind had similar trends for Blue and Lilac nozzles. These changes in the deposition due to th e wind measured at 9 .0 m upwind and downwind were sharper and less variable than y = 0.30x + 3.77 R = 0.40 ** y = 0.22x + 4.02 R = 0.27 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (n g/cm 2 ) Crosswind speed (m/s) 3m Upwind 3m Downwind y = 0.12x + 2.94 R = 0.13 (ns) y = 0.22x + 2.79 R = 0.26 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Crosswind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind)
95 those happened at 6.0 or 3.0 m distances. Thus, it is very clear how the crosswind differentiated the deposition between the two sides of the sprayer. Changing the deposition uniformity will a ffect the effectiveness of the sprayed chemical and hence, contro l l ing the p est in the groves. Figure 5 6 Wind effect on deposition at 6 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles *= significant at 5% level. ( ns ) = non significant at level 5%. Figure 5 7 Wind effect on deposition at 9 .0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. and **= significant at 5 % and 1% level s, respectively y = 0.29x + 3.82 R = 0.10 (ns) y = 0.17x + 3.87 R = 0.18 (ns) 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind speed (m/s) 6m Upwind 6m Downwind y = 0.16x + 2.89 R = 0.11 (ns) y = 0.24x + 2.69 R = 0.31 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 Crosswind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind) y = 0.52x + 2.75 R = 0.44 ** y = 0.53x + 2.58 R = 0.49 ** 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind speed (m/s) 9m Upwind 9m Downwind y = 0.21x + 2.42 R = 0.26 y = 0.31x + 2.38 R = 0.62 ** 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Crosswind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind)
96 Parallel W ind 5.2.4 Paral lel wind term was used to represent the wind speed component (wind speed sine of wind direction) moving parallel to the sprayer travel line (west east). Figure 5 8 shows the effects of the parallel wind on the deposition from Blue and Lilac nozzles measured at 3 .0 m to the north and south sides of the sprayer. For both nozzles, increasing the wind speed slightly reduced the deposition on the two sprayer sides. The reduction was the same for both sides. However, the coefficient s of determination (R 2 s) of the regression lines were low also due to the high variability in the deposition of different treatments. Figure 5 8 Effect of parallel wind on dep osition at 3 .0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. *= significant at 5% level. (ns) = non significant at level 5%. Moving for another three meter away from the sprayer t he effects of the parallel wind incre ased ( Figure 5 9 ). The wind reduced the deposition at both sides of the sprayer; however, these changes were different between the two nozzle types. Increasing the wind speed reduced the deposition in both upwind and downwind s ide s for both nozzle types (with lesser slopes for Lilac nozzle fitting curves ) However, at y = 0.16x + 4.60 R = 0.10 (ns) y = 0.19x + 4.78 R = 0.20 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Parallel wind speed (m/s) 3m Upwind 3m Downwind y = 0.13x + 3.35 R = 0.39 y = 0.14x + 3.33 R = 0.41 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Parallel wind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind)
97 downwind side, the relationships between the deposition and wind speed were stronger (higher R 2 s) than those in the upwind side. Wind effects on the deposition wer e higher at the farthest distance (9.0 m) than at the 3.0 and 6.0 m ( Figure 5 10 ). For the Blue nozzle, deposition on both sides decreased sharply by increasing the parallel wind speed. At wind speed of 1.5 m/s or more, the de position decreased to almost 10 n g/ cm 2 However, the reduction at north side was less for the Lilac nozzle. There was no clear trend of change in the deposition of the Lilac in the south side. At farther distances from the sprayer, the sprayer air jet spee d normally declined; therefore, it will be more vulnerable to the wind effect ( Brazee et al., 1981 ) Figure 5 9 Effect of parallel wind on deposition at 6 .0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. **= significant at 1% level. (ns) = non significant at level 5%. Driving D irecti on 5.2.5 The direction of the sprayer relatively to the wind direction could affect the deposition uniformity within the grove. At regular moving of the sprayer, the air jet on both sides will be deflected backwards and the deflection rate depends mainly on the y = 0.13x + 3.27 R = 0.01 (ns) y = 0.27x + 4.47 R = 0.27 ** 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Parallel wind speed (m/s) 6m Upwind 6m Downwind y = 0.06x + 2.85 R = 0.08 (ns) y = 0.22x + 3.39 R = 0.71 ** 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Parallel wind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind)
98 travel speed. However, ambient wind that moves parallel to the sprayer direction could affect the deposition uniformity between the two opposite routes of the sprayer. Moving toward the wind (headwind) will add more deflection to the air jet while driving with the wind (tailwind) will mitigate the wind effect on the air jet. Figure 5 11 shows the effect of parallel wind on the deposition under two moving directions. Increasing the headwind speed reduced the overall deposition c ollected from both sides of the sprayer. The wind added more deflection to the sprayer air jet and hence, some droplets did not reach the targets. On the other side, increasing the tailwind speed could deflect the air jet but in a direction opposite to the one resulted from the sprayer travel. This will mitigate the travel speed effects and will enhance the deposition on the farther targets. The variation of the wind effect on the deposition between the headwind and tailwind will c hange the deposition unifo rmity with in the grove. For example, at the same wind speed of 3.0 m/s, the predicted deposition with tailwind will be 1.2 times that with headwind. Figure 5 10 Effect of parallel wind on deposition at 9 .0 m distance from both sides of the sprayer for Blue (left) and Lilac (right) nozzles. and **= significant at 5% and 1% levels, respectively. (ns) = non significant at 5% level. y = 0.63x + 3.40 R = 0.44 ** y = 0.57x + 4.08 R = 0.47 ** 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Logarithem of deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Parallel wind speed (m/s) 9m Upwind 9m Downwind y = 0.00x + 2.20 R = 0.00 (ns) y = 0.18x + 3.03 R = 0.46 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 -1.5 -0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 Parallel wind speed (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind)
99 Figure 5 11 Parallel wind effect on the deposition under headwind and tailwind. (ns)= non significant at 5% level. The results of the open area test indicate d tha t : 1 Increasing crosswind increased the deposition within a 3.0 m distance in both sides of the sprayer. Spray droplets were deposited on both sides of the upwind targets while deposited on only spray side, downwind 2 Beyond 3 m from the sprayer, the crossw ind increased the deposition downwind while decreasing it upwind. These changes in the deposition increased as wind speed increased. In addition, the deposition variability upwind was higher than downwind. 3 At target distances of 3, 6, and 9 m from the spr ayer, increasing crosswind velocity from 0.0 to 3.0 m/s changed the deposit ratios (predicted downwind/upwind) from 1.1, 1.0, and 0.9 to 1.0, 1.5, and 3.5, respectively. 4 For the same wind velocity range (0.0 3.0 m/s), winds parallel to the sprayer trav el direction reduced the predicted deposition by 11%, 16%, and 48% at 3, 6, and 9 m sampling distances (on both sides of the sprayer), respectively. 5 Wind effects on the deposition interacted with the sprayer travel direction. When sprayer was travelling toward the wind (headwind) increasing the wind velocity from 1.0 to 3.0 m/s reduced the deposition by 18% while deposition increased by 14% for the opposite travel direction (tailwind). y = 0.21x + 2.84 R = 0.16 (ns) y = 0.32x + 3.87 R = 0.24 (ns) 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 Logarithm of deposition (n g/cm 2 ) Parallel wind velocity (m/s) Tailwind Headwind Linear (Tailwind) Linear (Headwind)
100 CHAPTER 6 WIND EFFECTS ON SPRAY DISTRIBUTION IN CITRUS Spray deposition on citrus tree canopies needs to be uniformly distributed over the canopies in order to accomplish its purpose of controlling pests. Any violation to this condition may result in less efficacy of the spray and hence, unsatisfactory pest control. Spray usually applied to the citrus trees with the assistance of air jet to improve its penetration into the canopy and transport the droplets to farther canopy parts. Conducting a study in the laboratory or in an open area could give some idea s about the deposition ch anges due to the wind. Such information is very helpful in planning the actual spray application. However, these studies do not representing the actual field condition. Information that is more reliable could be obtained from studies with all the condition s and variables are real. It could be difficult to find significant results for all the parameters; however, it is the real situation for every spray application. During the spray application, a sprayer travels back and forth between the tree rows. Changin g the sprayer direction will change the wind effect and hence could vary the deposition between the two routes due to the wind effects. Ground speed of the sprayer could affect the deposition due to its interaction with the wind effect. The interaction bet ween the ground speed and meteorolog ical conditions and its effect on the spray deposition needs to be investigated ( Hoffmann and Salyani, 1996 ) The objectives of this part of the study were to: 1 Determine the effect of ambient wind on the spray deposition in citrus groves. 2 Quantify the spray variability caused by the ambient wind. 6.1 Notes F rom the Preliminary T est in Open Field 1 Results of the open area test showed a signi ficant difference between the deposition means of the Blue and Lilac nozzles, which could shield the significance of some noticeable difference that happened between some other treatments due to the wind
101 effects. Thus, the Blue and Lilac nozzles were used in this study separately in order to detect any significance of the wind effects. 2 Studying the wind velocity and direction changes in the citrus grove showed low corresponding wind velocity recorded at the lowest 2/3 height of the tree canopy to the win d recorded at 10 m height T herefore, the samples will be collected from 2.0 and 3.5 m heights. 3 From the preliminary test it was difficult to identify the effect of travel direction on the deposition because all targets were in one line and being sprayed at once. Therefore, deposition was sampled from one tree before and one tree after the spray area to account for the movement of the spray droplets due to the wind. 4 From the preliminary test in the open area, spray deposited more heavily on targets near t o the sprayer than those located far away from the sprayer. In addition, wind effect on the deposition at the nearer targets was not noticeable as compared with the one at the farther targets. The deposition is more likely to run off the leaf targets locat ed in this area ( Hoffmann and Salyani, 1996 ) Therefore, samples collected from the canopy side adjacent to the sprayer were not process ed directly in the mean comparison. 5 Although, the deposition was heavy on targets close to the sprayer, it was very low at 9.0 m from the sprayer at headwind area T hus, the dye concentration for the tank liquid for this test was kept at 1000 mg/L ( ppm ) 6 From the preliminary test it was reasonable to operate the sprayer at 2 .0 and 6 .0 k m/ h wi th good control by the operato r. Therefore, the sprayer was also operated at the same travel speed (2.0 and 6.0 km/h) of the preliminary test 7 Since wind conditions were changing rapidly wind velocity and direction need to be recorded on the go by an ultrasonic sensor installed on the tractor itself if that is possible. However, due to the unavailability of the instruments and the compl ex ity of using them, wind conditions were recorded at on e location in the grove. 8 From the preliminary test there was a lack in the repeatability of wi nd conditions for the same treatment. Therefore, more replications (6 or more) are needed. However, the field experiment was set for six replications only due to the un availability of such large grove and the uniformity of group of at least 15 trees to con duct each treatment. 6.2 Materials and M ethod s Grove D escription 6.2.1 A field experiment was started on 28 November 2012 in about 11 ha of Valencia orange grove (2805'26.11" N, 8144'56.58" W) in Auburndale, Florida. The trees were
102 planted at 3.6 7.5 m within a nd between rows, respectively The average height of the tree was 4.0 m. The tree rows were planted in a north south direction. There were some missing trees with many resets Therefore, the canopies along the whole grove were different in their heights, d iameters, and densities. The plot size for each treatment was 15 trees (3 rows 5 trees each) Therefore, i t was very hard to find a minimum of 720 trees (48 plots 15 trees each ) that are similar in their characteristics to conduct the experiment Thus trees were chosen to minimize the variability among them for each plot as much as possible. In addition, the grove was divided relatively to six areas based on the tree conditions and each part was assigned as one replication Data Collection 6.2.2 An air assi sted sprayer, driven by a tractor PTO shaft (both were described in C hapter 4) was used to conduct the experiment. Spray was made from the right side of the sprayer only. Spraying from both sides requires larger treatment plots (at least four rows) which was difficult to establish. All the twelve nozzles of that side were used. The sprayer was driven in two direction ( North S outh and S outh N orth) at two travel speed (2 .0 and 6 .0 km/h). Two nozzle types: Blue and Lilac were used to apply a Pyranine 10G trac er at a nominal concentration of 1000 mg/L (ppm). Nozzles specifications are shown in T able 5 1 Four treatment combinations (2 travel speeds 2 travel directions) were randomly assigned to the plots of each replication. Blue a nd Lilac nozzles were tested as two separate experiments The experimental design for both nozzles was factorial in RCBD with six replications. For each treatment a minimum of 15 trees (3 rows 5 trees each) were chosen to represent one plot. Three tree s within the middle row on the right side of the operator were sprayed leaving one border tree at each side. However, tracer was sampled from
103 both first and second tree rows. Samples were collected from five locations (L1 to L5 ) at two heights (2.0 and 3.5 m) for each location ( Figure 6 1 ) The locations, L1 and L2 were assigned to the inner and outer sides of the middle sprayed tree in the first row Similarly, the locations, L3, L4, and L5 were located at the inner side of the middle tree second tree before and second tree after the middle tree in the second row (not sprayed directly), respectively. About five to seven leaves (based on their sizes) were collected from each location. They were collected from the outside of the canopy. The leaves were inserted into a pre marked, sealable bag then put in an icebox before transferr ing them to the lab refrigerator. A ladder was used to reach the upper height. Ribbons of different colors (varied based on the treatment type) were placed on the trees to mark the start and stop points of the spray. Starting the spray and stopping it were made manually by the sprayer operator. Operating pressure and the spray time were recorded for each treatment. Sprayed trees were left to dry (30 45 min) before collecting samples. Wind C ondition 6.2.3 Due to the large number of the experimental units (48 plots), the weather station ( Figure 3 1 described in C hapter 2) was installed in the middle of the grove. During th e spray time, w ind velocity and direction were measured at 10.0 and 4.0 m heights based on 1 Hz frequency. The data was transferred into a laptop computer, daily Data Analysis 6.2.4 Samples were kept in the refrigerator while waiting to be analyzed. They were analyzed by replication using fluorometric analysis (the same procedure applied in the open area data analysis section 5.1.8 ). However, at this test, a fluorometer model
104 10 AU (Turner Design, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.) was used to read the fluorescence conc entrations (Fluors) in the sample solution. The fluorometer reads the Fluors in g/L (ppb) unit, directly. I t was calibrated with a known concentration of a standard solution made of stock solution Based on the expected tracer concentration on each sample different volumes of deionized water (DI) were used to wash the tracer from leaves Two samples (about 10 ml) of the liquid of each washed target were taken and two readings were recorded for each sample. Some samples of high concentration were diluted w ith DI water to bring their tracer concentration to a readable range. A comparable tracer concentration ( Dep comp ) (g/cm 2 ) for al l samples was calculated using E quation 5 2 ( 5 2 ) Where w, d, and A are the washing water volume (ml), dilution factor, and the average leaf area (cm 2 ), respectively. After washing the tracer out of the leaves of each sample, they were dried with paper towels and the total area of one side of the them was measured using an area m eter (Delta T Devices, England) ( Larbi and Salyani, 2012 ) The deposition readings were corrected by subtracting the deposition co llected from blank (unsprayed) samples. The deposition readings were normalized based on the actual travel speed (2 km/h nominal), dye concentrations in the tank samples, and the nozzle flow rates. Final deposition values were statistically analyzed using SAS 9.2 software (SAS Inc.).
105 Figure 6 1 Sketch of the field experiment showing tree locations (dots), treatment plots (rectangles), and the sampling locations (L1 L5).
106 Treatment means, coefficient of variation (CV), and means ratio were used to compare among the deposition at different treatment combinations. A regression analysis was used to establish any relationship between the wind conditions and the deposition variability among different treatments The way of relating wind effect s to the deposition variability was made by calculating the x or y axis components of wind and finding the relationship between them and the deposition through a regression analysis. Based on the recorded wind conditions, wind s were named either as P arallel wind or Crosswind for those moved relatively parallel and perpendicular to the sprayer traveling line, respectively. Wind did not come exactly parallel or perpendicular to the sprayer traveling line. However, only treatments that have a wind direction within 45 (315 to 45 for the parallel and 45 to 135 for the crosswind) from the prevailing average of each group was included in the category. The x axis and y axis component of the wind in each category were used as parallel and crosswind s respectively D uring the test, ambient wind moved mostly from the northeast direction. Also, the tree rows were moved from north to south. Therefore, for the same prevailing wind direction (say 45), parallel when the s prayer traveled to the north ( Figure 6 2 ) For the same sprayer traveling direction, the cross was collected from the right hand side of the sprayer operator only. Changing the travel direction of the sprayer to move south, the same wind moved from the north was called
107 Figure 6 2 Sketch of the headwind, tailwind, upwind, and downwind categories based on the wind and sprayer travel directions. Including the deposition collected at each location in t he statistical analysis showed large differences among the locations. T he deposition at L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5 was 398.8, 8.8, 5.7, 1.3, and 1.5 ng/cm 2 respectively. These differences between the location L1 and the others could mask the significant differences among the other locations. At the same time wind effect on the d eposition at location, L1 may not be significant. Therefore, the data of location L1 was excluded from the comparison 6.3 Results and D iscussion Wind C ondition 6.3.1 Wind speed and direction recorded during each replication for each nozzle are shown in T able 6 1 Wind conditions during the tests changed within small ranges of speed and direction. At the same time, there was a lack of the repeatability of these
108 conditions at different spray treatments. Those limitations might affect esta blishing strong relationships between the deposition variability and the wind conditions. Table 6 1. Wind condition during the experiment conduction. Lilac n ozzle Blue n ozzle Reps. 10.0 m 4.0 m 10.0 m 4.0 m m/s d eg. m/s d eg. m/s d eg. m/s d eg. R1 4.40 3 2.87 359 2.14 73 0.86 61 R2 2.76 61 1.29 47 2.58 74 1.69 44 R3 5.07 66 2.57 67 2.92 84 1.38 89 R4 4.24 78 2.03 71 3.46 90 1.76 88 R5 4.08 73 2.01 69 3.55 74 1.68 70 R6 4.37 66 2.30 73 3.24 89 1.57 83 Spray Parameters E ffect 6.3.2 Figure 6 3 show s the deposition resulting from using Blue and Lilac nozzles at fast and slow speeds. Using the Blue nozzle resulted in significantly higher deposition (5.7 n g/cm 2 ) than the deposition (4.0 n g/cm 2 ) of the Lilac nozzle (t test, p= 0.036) At the same time, changing the travel direction different iated the deposition of both nozzles. For the Blue nozzle, the headwind direction resulted in sign ificantly less deposition (3.8 n g/ cm 2 ) th an the tailwind direction (7.6 n g/ cm 2 ). Similar tr ends and differences were found at the Lilac nozzle. Both headwind and tailwind resulted i n a deposition of, 2.6 and 5.4 n g/ cm 2 ) respectively. As an overall average, i ncreasing the travel speed of the sprayer from slow (2 km/h) to fast (6 km/h) significa ntly reduced the deposition from 5.1 to 2.9 and 7.0 to 4.4 ng/cm 2 for the Lilac and the Blue nozzles, respectively. The trends of deposition reduction by changing the travel speed were similar for both nozzles. W ithin each nozzle, driving speed differentia ted the deposition for both headwind and tailwind ( Figure 6 4 ). Driving the sprayer faster deflects the air jet more and hence, fewer droplets reach their targets, especially at farther distances, which could explain the reduct ion in the deposition at fast speed. In addition, driving slow means larger
109 airflow will be discharged for each travel distance unit, which helps the air jet to penetrate into the canopy, cross it to the other trees row, and hence, increase the deposition. At headwind direction, the wind will face the sprayer and add more deflection to the sprayer air jet. However, at the tailwind, it could follow the sprayer and mitigate the travel effect. Thus, changing the sprayer travel speed or direction could change t he deposition, especially at windy condition. Figure 6 3 Deposition means of independent variables of the citrus grove test. Two neighboring bars with the same letter are not significantly different at 5% level Sampling from different locations away from the spray er resulted in different depositions ( Figure 6 5 ). The closer the sampling location to the sprayer is the more collected deposition. As overall averages, the deposition collected at the L2, L3, L4, and L5 was 7.5 4.2 2.0 and 2. 3 ng/cm 2 for the Lilac and 11.1, 8.2, 1.8, and 1.8 ng/cm 2 for the Blue nozzles, respectively. However, driving direction (headwind or tailwind) BB AA b a b a B A B A 0.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 12.0 Lilac Blue Headwind Tailwind Fast Slow Headwind Tailwind Fast Slow Nozzle Lilac Blue Deposition mean (ng/cm 2 ) Mean separation letter SD
110 Figure 6 4 Effect of travel direction and travel speed on the deposition of each nozzle. Within each nozzle, bars with the same letter are not significantly different at 5% level differentiated the deposition within eac h location. The deposition collected at L4 and L5 was lower than that collected at the L2 and L3 locations The l ocations L4 and L5 were already outside the spray zone and the spray cloud cannot reach them, directly. The location of L5 is always to the fro nt of the spray zone while L4 located to the rear of the spray zone. Thus, from F igure 6 5 moving from L4 to L5, headwind tended to reduce the deposition. However, tailwind reversed the trend and significantly increased the co llected deposition for both nozzles The headwind stop ped the spray cloud from reaching L5 while the tailwind move d more cloud towards the L5 and hence more deposition. If the wind condition is still the same during the spray, the difference in the deposi tion between the two locations (L4 and L5) might not be evident however, due to the high variability in the wind condition; these locations will have different depositions. b b b a B A A A 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Fast Slow Fast Slow Fast Slow Fast Slow Headwind Tailwind Headwind Tailwind Deposition mean (ng/cm 2 ) Independent variables of the citrus grove experiment SD Mean separation letter Lilac Blue
111 Figure 6 5 Mean spray d eposition at different locations from the sprayer for Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzles Within each nozzle and location, two neighboring bars with the same letter are not significantly differen t at 5% level Crosswind E ffect 6.3.3 The crosswind was considered as the x axis component of the wind (wind speed sine of wind direction angle). It included the wind moved within a direction angle of 45 to 135 from the North only. However, since most of t he wind came from a direction extended from north to east, the two driving directions of the sprayer, south north, and north south were named as H eadwind and T ailwind, respectively. In addition, due to the difference in the deposition between the Blue and Lilac nozzles, the relationship between the wind effect and the deposition of each nozzle was examined, separately For both nozzle s generally, increasing the crosswind increased the deposition collected at the second raw downwind and reduced it upwind. H owever, the regression analysis showed significant relationships between the deposition and the wind speed for some treatments, only. In addition, the coefficient of determination, R 2 has low values. a b a b A B A B a a a a A A A A 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 L2 L3 L4 L5 L2 L3 L4 L5 Lilac Blue Deposition mean (ng/cm 2 ) Sampling locations for each nozzle Headwind Tailwind SD Travel direction Mean separation letter
112 Figure 6 6 shows a reductio n in the deposition at headwind direction ( south north ) by increasing the wind speed. Examining the relationship for each location, separately improved the R 2 values. Figure 6 7 shows the effect of the crosswind on the depositi on at L5 located at the second row. At this location, changes in the deposition were significantly correlated with changes in the wind speed. Increase d the wind speed reduced the deposition at headwind targets. Similar results were recorded at the L4 locat ion. At slow speed, only L3 and L5 showed reductions in the deposition as the wind speed increased. However, the regression relationship was significant at the L5, only ( Figure 6 8 ). The crosswind reduced the deposition on the L5 under both traveling speeds. However, the slopes of the reduction regression lines were different For instance, for each 1 .0 m/s increase in the wind speed, a deposition reduction about 0.3 and 1.6 n g/cm 2 could happen at the slow and fast travel speeds respectively This could be related to the volume of the delivered air jet per distance unit. At slow speed, more volume was delivered, which could improve the air jet movement and reduce d the wind effects Measuring the wind effect downwind (changing t he travel direction of the sprayer) showed a comparable results but at opposite trends to those obtained at the first direction. Increasing wind speed resulted in more deposition on targets downwind. Figure 6 9 show s an increas e in the deposition collected at L5, downwind, by increasing the wind speed. The relationship between the wind speed and the deposition was not significant at the 5% level of significance. Similar result was recorded at the location L4 ( Figure 6 10 ). Reducing the travel speed did not change the results at the L4 but the trend was not clear at the L5.
113 Figure 6 6 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzle s at the second r o w (L3, L4, and L5) upwind at fast travel *= significant at 5% level. (ns)= non significant at 5% level. Figur e 6 7 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzle s at the second row ( L5 ) upwind at f ast travel *= significant at 5% level. y = 0.77x + 9.66 R = 0.18* 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 2 4 6 Deposition (n g/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Fast x Headwind y = 0.24x + 2.39 R = 0.09 (ns) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Linear regression y = 1.61x + 13.61 R = 0.40* 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 2 4 6 Deposition ( ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Fast x Headwind y = 0.63x + 8.68 R = 0.36 (ns) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 2 4 6 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Linear regression
114 Figure 6 8 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzle s at the second row ( L5 ) upwind at slow travel *= significant at 5% level. (ns) = non significant at lev el 5%. Figure 6 9 Crosswind effects on the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzle s deposition at the second row ( L5 ) downwind at fast travel (ns)= non significant at 5% level. y = 0.28x + 8.38 R = 0.44* 0 2 4 6 8 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Deposition ( ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Slow x Headwind y = 0.05x + 1.72 R = 0.27 (ns) 0 2 4 6 8 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Linear regression y = 1.88x + 2.01 R = 0.17 (ns) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition ( ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Fast x Tailwind y = 0.66x + 1.53 R = 0.04 (ns) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Linear regression
115 Figure 6 10 Crosswind effect on the deposition of the Lilac nozzle collected at the second row (L4) downwind at slow travel (ns)= non significant at 5% level. For a deposition comparison between the upwind and downwind sides, the deposition ratios of L3/L2 in both sides were calculated ( Figure 6 1 1 ). The ratio increased downwind while it decreased upwind. Changes in the ratio increased with increas ing the wind velocity. Figure 6 11 Crosswind effect on the deposition ratio (L3/L2) of the Lilac (left) and Blue (right) nozzle s collected at the upwind and downwind *= significant at 5% level. (ns) = non significant at level 5%. y = 1.31x + 3.99 R = 0.23 (ns) 0 5 10 15 20 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Deposition ( ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Slow x Tailwind y = 1.63x 1.56 R = 0.19 0 5 10 15 20 0 1 2 3 4 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind, x axis component (m/s) Linear regression y = 0.03x + 0.60 R = 0.09 (ns) y = 0.08x + 0.63 R = 0.30 (ns) 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind velocity (m/s) Linear (Upwind) Linear (Downwind) y = 0.24x + 1.24 R = 0.67 y = 0.55x 0.50 R = 0.64 (ns) 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 0 1 2 3 4 5 Deposition (ng/cm 2 ) Crosswind velocity (m/s) Upwind Downwind
116 The relations hips between the deposition variability and the wind condition, although they were relatively weak (low coefficient of determination, R 2 ), they give an indication about the trends of the wind effects on spray deposition in citrus. Parallel W ind E ffect 6.3.4 The re was a lack of repeatability (two times only) of wind coming parallel to the sprayer direction (north south). In addition, these winds recorded at two different travel speeds for each direction. Therefore, the relationship between the deposition and the wind condition was not established. Deposition V ariability 6.3.5 The results showed clear differences in the deposition among the five locations around the sprayer due to the wind effects. Assuming the wind conditions will be similar for at least the spray time deposition will be always high at downwind and low at upwind for each run. In other words, the crosswind will vary the deposition between the second row s to the right and left of the sprayer. Thus, there will be always unbalanced deposition s at two tree rows. However, wind speed and direction change, rapidly Thus, they will change the trend of the variability in the deposition and add more compl ex ity to the situation The following conclusions could be drawn from the field experiment: 1 For the test varia bles (nozzle type, travel speed, travel direction, and sampling location), generally, there were comparable trends in the open field and citrus grove experiments. 2 Changing the sprayer travel speed from 2 to 6 km/h increased the overall deposition mean by 12% (due to decreased runoff from the leaf surfaces at locations close to the sprayer) when all sampling locations were included in the mean calculation. However, excluding the data pertinent to locations nearest to the sprayer (L1) reversed the trend and resulted in a deposition reduction of 40%.
117 3 The mean deposition collected when travelling upwind was about 50% of the deposition collected at travelling downwind. Increasing the crosswind velocity increased the deposition difference between the two sides. However, it was not possible to establish a clear relationship between the wind condition and the deposition variability. Increasing the number of replications might be helpful in establishing clearer trends. 4 Increasing the sprayer travel speed from 2 to 6 m/s reduced the overall deposition mean by 40%. However, the reduction was higher for the head wind than the tailwind.
118 CHAPTER 7 OVERALL CONCLUSION AND FUTURE WORK 7.1 Conclusion Ambient wind conditions within citrus groves were significantly different from those rec orded outside the groves. The wind change d rapidly with high variability in short period. Within one minute, wind condition could change from no wind to higher wind speeds at which spraying might be objectionable These changes are normally masked by long averaging intervals typically used in most weather stations. In laboratory test, wind reduced the velocity of an air jet by about 20% and deflected its direction by about 12 cm, measured at 85 cm from the air outlet. Increasing the wind speed resulted in more reduction in the air jet velocity and its deflection. The distortion of the air jet due to the ambient wind reduced the deposition by 34%. Under field conditions, crosswind, headwind, and tailwind affected spray deposition; however, the effect was dif ferent at various sampling locations. In the open area, the deposition collected downwind was about one to three times the amount collected upwind. In the citrus grove, the deposition downwind was still twice as much as the amount of spray deposited upwind In both test sites, the ambient wind significantly reduced the overall deposition. However, due to the high variability of wind speed and direction, it was not possible to establish a clear relationship between wind conditions and spray deposition. Deriv ation of these relationships will require more replications under each wind condition, which was not available during this test. Finally, spraying under windy conditions resulted in a non uniform deposition for the two sides of the sprayer. Travel directio n of the sprayer interacted with the wind,
119 which in turn changed the deposition trend further. The variability in the deposition could affect the efficacy of the pesticides in some applications. 7.2 Future W ork Studying wind conditions requires many sites and replications in order to provide reliable trends. The use of an off site weather station such as FAWN may not be enough to predict wind conditions within grove; therefore, multiple weather stations should be used if available. In spray studies, wind condi tions need to be measured as closely as possible to the spray area to capture any spatial variability or mo me ntary changes in wind conditions that could vary the deposition The variability related to some variables such as nozzle type that are already kno wn to have different spr a y characteristics could mask significant differences for other test variables. Therefore, they need to be tested separately Larger number of replications with fewer variables is required to study the wind effect on deposition beca use there is always lack of repeatability in the wind condition In addition, if leaves will be used as deposition targets more blank samples from each test plot need to be taken in order to more reliably quantify background deposit according to the age, shape, and projecting angle of the leaves
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126 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Ahmed was born in a village in the western part of Iraq He grew up within a farm ing family which made him involved in the hard work experience and his passion to the Agricultural Machinery that could ease the work were started. Ahmed attended the University of B agdad to study for his undergraduate degree in 1987. He graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of science in Agricultural Mechanization with a rank of three over the whole College. Ahmed received the Ministry of Higher Educatio n and Scientific Research award, designe d for the third ranked student. Ahmed got a position as an agricultural engineer in I PA C enter for Agricultural Researches at 1994. He was nominated by his company to study for his master in 1997. He got his master d egree in Agricultural Machinery from the University of Bagdad in 2000. During his employme nt as agricultural engineer working in a research center, Ahmed gained very good experience of designing and conducting experiments. In addition, he led or participat ed in different teams of his company to impor t, evaluate or ma intain agricultural machinery. In 2007, Ahmed got a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq to study for his PhD degree at the University of Florida. D uring his English study at UF/ English L anguage I nstitute Ahmed was one of two students who awarded a scholarship to study for one semester free in the institute. Ahmed started his PhD program in 2009 He received his PhD in Spray Application Technology f rom the University of Florida in 2013. Ahmed lives with hi s wife four daughters, and son