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A new apparatus for continuous measuring the falling velocity of the wind-dispersal seeds
Author(s): Huihua Ji; Shoubing Wang; Huacai Chen; Zhouhong Zhu; Min Zhu
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Paper Abstract

A new apparatus for continuous measuring the falling velocity of wind-dispersal seeds is presented in this paper. The key unit of this apparatus is the photo-detectors installed on the ends of a vertical tube. The photodetector is composed of a LED and a photo-sensor. The LED light goes through a horizontal slit to from a flat light plane, which be received by the photo-sensors on the opposite side. When a plant seed falls down and passes through the flat light plane, a pulse signal will be detected by the photo-sensor. The average falling velocity of the seed is calculated according to the falling time and the distance from the starting point to the testing point. By using several tubes and photo-detectors, the apparatus can continuously measure the velocity of a seed falling down to different height. This apparatus avoids the affect of the static electricity and airflow to the seeds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8201, 2011 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Optoelectronic Measurement Technology and Systems, 820113 (30 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.904261
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Huihua Ji, China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Shoubing Wang, China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Huacai Chen, China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Zhouhong Zhu, China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Min Zhu, China Jiliang Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8201:
2011 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Optoelectronic Measurement Technology and Systems
Xinyong Dong; Xiaoyi Bao; Perry Ping Shum; Tiegen Liu, Editor(s)

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