Determining the uniformity and consistency of droplet size across spray drift reducing nozzles in a wind tunnel

Ferguson, J. Connor, O'Donnell, Chris C., Chauhan, Bhagirath S., Adkins, Steve W., Kruger, Greg R., Wang, Ruobing, Urach Ferreira, Pedro H. and Hewitt, Andrew J. (2015) Determining the uniformity and consistency of droplet size across spray drift reducing nozzles in a wind tunnel. Crop Protection, 76 1-6. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2015.06.008


Author Ferguson, J. Connor
O'Donnell, Chris C.
Chauhan, Bhagirath S.
Adkins, Steve W.
Kruger, Greg R.
Wang, Ruobing
Urach Ferreira, Pedro H.
Hewitt, Andrew J.
Title Determining the uniformity and consistency of droplet size across spray drift reducing nozzles in a wind tunnel
Journal name Crop Protection   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-2194
1873-6904
Publication date 2015-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cropro.2015.06.008
Volume 76
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Spray drift is a consideration for growers and applicators who are increasingly selecting larger droplet producing nozzles to allay their concerns. As new technologies arrive on the market, the prices of individual nozzles have risen which puts a greater need for consistency among nozzles to be worth the investment. These nozzles, while effective at reducing spray drift, may not always be consistent at maintaining efficacy which can be a result of a lack of uniformity in the production of these nozzles. Twenty-one spray drift reducing nozzles were compared for droplet size distributions across three liquids of varying dynamic surface tensions in a wind tunnel at the University of Queensland. Research sought to identify the repeatability of each nozzle type by randomly selecting five units to test consistency of droplet size measurements across nozzle type. Results indicate that some nozzle types are consistent and repeatable while others are not. It was also observed that some nozzle types are relatively unaffected by liquid type, where others resulted in a droplet size change in volume median diameter (VMD) of 100 μm depending on liquid type at the same operating pressure. Research from this study will help growers and industry to select the best nozzle types to ensure uniformity of application, to maximize efficacy and to reduce pesticide spray drift.
Keyword Droplet size analysis
Herbicide efficacy
Pesticide application
Spray drift
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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