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Introduction to Biosystems Engineering

Nicholas M. Holden

Mary Leigh Wolfe

Jactone A. Ogejo

Enda J. Cummins

Estimated Publication: January 2021

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 978-1-949373-93-6

Publisher: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in association with VT Publishing, Virginia Tech Publishing

Language: English

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Table of Contents

Energy Systems
Bioenergy Conversion Systems
Biogas Energy from Organic Wastes
Biodiesel from Oils and Fats
Baling Biomass: Densification and Energy Requirements

Information Technology, Sensors, and Control Systems
Basic Microcontroller Use for Measurement and Control
Visible and Near Infrared Optical Spectroscopic Sensors for Biosystems Engineering
Data Processing in Biosystems Engineering

Machinery Systems
Crop Establishment and Protection
Grain Harvest and Handling
Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems in Agricultural Machinery

Natural Resources and Environmental Systems
Water Budgets for Sustainable Water Management
Water Quality as a Driver of Ecological System Health
Quantifying and Managing Soil Erosion on Cropland
Anaerobic Digestion of Agri-Food By-Products
Measurement of Gaseous Emissions from Animal Housing

Plant, Animal, and Facility Systems
Plant Production in Controlled Environments
Building Design for Energy Efficient Livestock Housing

Processing Systems
Freezing of Food
Principles of Thermal Processing of Packaged Foods
Deep Fat Frying of Food
Irradiation of Food

About the Book

The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. Introduction to Biosystems Engineering is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. It is designed as a coherent educational resource, also available for download as individual digital chapters. The book can be used as a localized, customizable text for introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering globally. It is written as a series of stand-alone chapters organized under six major topics: Food and Bioprocessing; Environment; Buildings and Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology and Data; Machinery Systems; and Energy. Each chapter is organized around stated learning outcomes and describes key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.

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