BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department
BS in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
This senior project presents the design, fabrication, and testing of a tensioning mechanism for an almond harvester pick-up belt system. This tensioner was intended to reduce belt tension spikes when obstructions are encountered in the system, and was tested on a previously fabricated pick-up belt test stand. The result of this project is a prototype tensioner mechanism that was tested with favorable results. Also, the project includes a results and discussion section that presents an improved design based on the testing results.