Agricultural machines and mechanization

A.Y. 2017/2018
Lesson for
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The student will know the basic aspects of Agricultural Machines starting from the internal combustion engines functioning, to the tractor structure and functions and the basic criteria to optimize the coupling between tractors and machines. Successively, they will know the classification and the technical characteristics of the main agricultural machines as well as the criteria for their selection and rational use.
Knowledge of the tractor characteristics, its functioning and optimization of machines coupling; knowledge of the technical and operational characteristics concerning the main agricultural machines.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Fiala Marco
GENERAL ISSUES - Soil characteristics; Force, Mechanical Energy, Power, Efficiency; Endothermic engines (Diesel and Otto cicles): characteristics values and parameters of engines; Fuelling, lubrication and cooling systems; Calculation of power and characteristic engine's curves; Transmission ratio and components.
TRACTOR - Power transmission; Propulsive and supporting elements, Grip and resistance to forward movement; Towing hitches and weight bearing hitches; Dynamic engine power balance; Operational selection criteria.
AG-MACHINES 1 - Soil tillage machines; Seedbed preparation machines and seeders; Machines for mineral and organic fertilization; Machines for chemicals distribution; Machinery costs evaluation.
AG-MACHINES 2 - Equipment and machines for grove and vineyard operations; Grain crop harvesting machines; Root or tuber harvesting machines; Haymaking and forage harvesting machines; Vegetable harvesting machines; Fruit harvesting equipment and machines; Machines for harvesting fruit from the ground (olives, hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts); Machines for harvesting hanging fruit (olives, fruit for industrial processing). Machines for lawn realization and maintenace; cut and pruning for ornamental plants.
Teaching methods
Il materiale (presentazioni) impiegato durante le lezioni frontali e nelle esercitazioni di aula (esercizi) è disponibile in formato di file .pdf sulla piattaforma ARIEL 2.0 per la didattica on-line (
Lesson period
Second semester
Lesson period
Second semester
Monday, h. 14.00-15.30 (by appointment)
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Production, Landscape, Agroenerggy