Accession Number : ADP001797

Title :   Mechanical Control Technology Development: An Overview,


Personal Author(s) : West,H. Wade

Report Date : JUN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Mechanical control research will provide the technology base required to permit the Corps of Engineers (CE) to carry out its responsibilities in the control of aquatic plants by use of mechanical control methods and procedures. Coordination necessary to carry out this research has been maintained on a continuing basis with the various Corps District and Divisions so that the mechanical control research can be operational in a timely manner. The objective of the mechanical control research work is to develop technology and design concepts and techniques to be used to develop improved mechanical equipment and operating procedures for controlling floating, submersed, and emergent aquatic plants in Corps waterways (rivers and lakes). The research presently includes: (1) development of analytical models, (2) experimental testing and evaluation of existing mechanical control equipment, (3) development of procedures and techniques for successful field deployment of mechanical control equipment, and (4) development of design specifications for new equipment. The U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES) research will provide practical methodology for effective deployment of mechanical systems in terms of environmental constraints.

Descriptors :   *Aquatic plants, *Weed control, *Machines, Symposia, Aquatic weeds, Control, Methodology, Mechanical engineering, Mathematical models, Test and evaluation, Field tests, Research management, Control systems, Mechanical components

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE