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Newsletter March 2019

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TECH4EFFECT NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019

  • Consortium meeting and field trip
  • T4E Bucking App to assist motor manual bucking
  • Prize for oral presentation to TECH4EFFECT partners
  • SGGW field trip for silvicultural case study
  • Publication:  Decreasing fuel consumption of excavator-based harvesters with machine control system
  • Publication: Spatial distribution of the potential forest biomass availability in Europe

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27 – 31 May 2019, LIGNA 2019, Hannover, Germany

For the third time the Wood Industry Summit will be at LIGNA 2019. Taking place from 27 to 31 May in Hannover, Germany (hall 26), the summit focuses on “Access to Resources and Technology”. It is a well-established showcase for the forestry and wood industries organized by our partner KWF (German Forestry Council) together with Deutsche Messe.

Meet Bruce Talbot from NIBIO giving ‘An overview of technologies for monitoring the impact of forest machines on the soil
in Hall 26, Stand H28 on 31 May. 2019, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Have a look at the event website for more details: LIGNA 2019

20 November 2018, FTP conference 2018, Vienna, Austria

‘Vision 2040: The future role of the forest bioeconomy in Europe’ is the focus of this conference on the 20th of November 2018 in Vienna. Don’t miss this chance discuss the future of forests and their role in the bioeconomy and meet Gernot Erber from BOKU and Daniela Fichtenbauer from RTDS. Participation is free of charge but the number of seats is limited!

Check the full program!

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The FTP conference 2018 is an event of the Austrian EU presidency, organised by the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform.

Field tests: forest road bearing capacity

What´s going on under your truck wheel? BOKU is preparing for field tests in the North of Austria. Special soil sensors have been burried to investigate the impact of harsh weather conditions on forest road bearing capacity. High resolution soil parameters and weather data are captured and transmitted to BOKU for analysis, contributing to work package 3 – harvesting.

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Publication: Modifying the settings of CTL timber harvesting machines to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Following extensive field trials, LUKE just published results on experiments with Ponsse harvesters:

  • Adjustment of machine settings had an effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Large energy saving potential in the Nordic and Baltic regions alone:
  • Potential savings may amount to almost 50 million litres of diesel per year.
  • Stem size also had a strong effect on fuel consumption and productivity.

Read the abstract or download the full pdf!

Whatch the video produced during the field trials: http://www.tech4effect.eu/fuel-economy-tests-harvesters/

 

Figure 1: The machines studied in the experiment, upper-left the Ponsse Beaver, upper-right the Ponsse ScorpionKing, below the Ponsse Ergo.

14 – 16 September 2018,BOSTER, Beaulard di Oulx, Italy

BOSTER is the biggest Italian event focused on the enhancement of forest resources and the sustainable management of the mountain territory. CONAIBO has a stand to present TECH4EFFECT.

Have a look at the website for details: www.fieraboster.it

15 – 18 July 2018, COFE, Williamsburg, USA

The Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) meets this year in Williamsburg (VA, USA). CNR will present the TECH4EFFECt project poster at this conference.

Have a look at the conference website for details and to register!

 

14 June 2018, NHN Tagung, Göttingen, Germany

The yearly meeting of the Kompetenznetz für Nachhaltige Holznutzung (NHN) takes place in Göttingen (Germany). It is organized by our partner University of Göttingen. The meeting focuses on sustainable use of forests.

Have a look at the NHN website for details.

Field trials: Cable-assisted timber harvesting on steep terrain

In cable-assisted timber harvesting forces on the cable are enormous. But how strong exactly are they?

As part of TECH4EFFECT WP3 , Markus Engel and Andreas Mayerhofer (ÖBf – Austrian Federal Forests ) and Thomas Holzfeind from BOKU carried out investigations on winch assisted harvesting machines in the ÖBf forest district Flachau (Austria). They recorded the inclination of the machine during operation on steep terrain using a tilt sensor installed on the winch assisted Valmet 840TX forwarder. At the same time, the tensile forces in the cable were measured with a load shackle. In addition, all activities of the machine were recorded by an action camera, which will be analysed later together with inclination data and the tensile forces. The results are intended to shed light on the tensile forces that occur in the cable of the machine as a function of the work processes and the machine inclination.

 

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Cable assisted forwarder operating on steep terrain; pictures: Holzfeind Thomas