My main research focus is the field storage of sugar beets, but incorporates harvest questions. Topics of current interest include: - thermodynamics and fluid dynamics of field stores - sugar beet mechanical properties - pressures in harvest and post-harvest storage and handling - crop physiology and quality - modelling of harvest and post-harvest systems.
Thesis working title: Best practice for long-term field storage of sugar beet under Nordic climate conditions.
Introduction paper*: Temperature in field stores of sugar beets – a review
Paper 1: A Computational Fluid Dynamic Model of a Sugar Beet Clamp.
Paper 2: Sugar Beet Storage Temperature with Different Cover Types
Paper 3: Impact factors on the tissue strength,damage susceptibility and storability of sugar beet. Lead from IfZ Göttingen, in collaboration with NBR Nordic Beet Research, Stichting IRS Netherlands, and IRBAB-KBIVB Belgium.
Paper 4: In-Season Texture Analysis Using a Handheld Penetrometer. In collaboration with NBR Nordic Beet Research, Stichting IRS Netherlands, IRBAB-KBIVB Belgium, and IfZ Göttingen Germany.
Paper 5: Using ventilation during storage for the drying and cleaning of sugar beets.
* this paper is part of the course work component of the project and won’t be included in the thesis.