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Research Project: Enhancing the Profitability and Sustainability of Upland Cotton, Cottonseed, and Agricultural Byproducts through Improvements in Pre- and Post-Harvest Processing

Location: Cotton Production and Processing Research

Title: Microwave moisture sensing of wet bales

item Pelletier, Mathew

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/9/2007
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Citation: Pelletier, M.G. 2007. Microwave moisture sensing of wet bales. National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference. pp.690.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Sensing of moisture in very wet lint bales is unique due to the fact that moisture distribution is typically non-uniform and can in some instances be highly localized. This issue is even further complicated by the use of a sensor that reads only a portion of the bale and/or with a sensor that provides an output based on an average moisture content reading rather than worst case wettest spot measurement. In short, in these wet bales, these sensors can be missleading and in a feed back control loop will lead directly to the production of large quantities of bales that have excessive levels of added moisture, if left unattended and unchecked. The research examines a novel method that is being developed to provide a complete moisture profile of the lint bale through a new tomographic microwave imaging technique.