Agricultural and forestry mechanization

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide a strong knowledge concerning:
- the fundamentals of the mechanisation for agriculture and forestry
- the main machines adequate to operate in mountain areas, included those for stables
- working safety
Expected learning outcomes
The expected learning outocomes are to be able to:
- choose the most adequate machines for operating in the mountain agriculture and in forestry;
- to define systemsfor the mechanisation of mountain stables
- to apply principles and rules related to occupational safety in mountain farms
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course program concerns the description of the main machines used in agricultural and forestry companies and a summary of the main types of renewable energy that can be produced by them.
1. Recall of the main basic elements of agricultural mechanics: work, torque, power and rotational speed. Friction. Efficiency. Transmission components. (1 CFU) 2. The tractor (details). Coupling tractor-implements and its suitability (2 CFU) 3. Methodology of the machinery use in mountain agriculture and forestry, in Italy and in the other countries in which the forestry activity is normally operated at a high level of mechanization. (1.5 CFU) 4. Safety and ergonomics in forestry and mountain agriculture operations (0.5 CFU) 5. Technical visit to a manufacturer of small and hand-operated machines for forestry, with execution of tests and simulations relevant to the main unsolved problems of workplace safety in the forest sector. (1 CFU)
Prerequisites for admission
I's highly recommended to pass the physical exam in advance
Teaching methods
frontal lessons, exercises, didactic visits
course notes available at the web address:

- Meccanica agraria vol.1 - Il trattore e le macchine operatrici - di Giuseppe Pellizzi, Luigi Bodria, Pietro Piccarolo - Edagricole
- Meccanica agraria vol. 2 La meccanizzazione - di Giuseppe Pellizzi, Luigi Bodria, Pietro Piccarolo - Edagricole
- Meccanica agraria - di Paolo Biondi - ed. UTET
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam is written and includes both exercises (18/30) and open-ended questions (12/30). In case of the students enrolled are less than 5, the appeal will take place at the headquarters of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, via G. Celoria 2, Milan.
If the needed, additional examination sessions may also be activated, subject to agreement with the teacher, at the Milan office.
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Facchinetti Davide
Educational website(s)
by appointment
Via Celoria, 2 - ex DIA building (first on the right) - ground floor