Development of control concepts for improved driving dynamics of harvesting machines with large headers

  • Benedikt┬áJung

Part of the Fortschritte Naturstofftechnik book series (FNT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Benedikt Jung
    Pages 1-14
  3. Benedikt Jung
    Pages 53-94
  4. Benedikt Jung
    Pages 95-105
  5. Benedikt Jung
    Pages 107-111
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 113-126

About this book


This book examines the driving dynamics of harvesting machines with large harvesting heads. It looks at how to efficiently use these machines. The author explores a common problem that hinders machine performance when harvesting with very large headers. He deals with concepts for reducing the undesired effects of vehicle dynamics when using these machines.  

With the steadily increasing capacity of harvesting machines, the working widths of the harvesting heads get wider and the headers get heavier. It has become essential with these giant headers to use header height sensors and header control systems to avoid the headers from being run into the ground when encountering elevation changes in the terrain. A fundamental limitation of the viable speed of header height adjustments arises from the combination of the wider and heavier headers with soft agricultural tires. 

The current solution to find an appropriate speed of header height adjustments is to perform a header calibration whenever a new header is attached to the machine and to endow the machine operator with the capability to tweak the speed of adjustments manually. The result of an inappropriate speed of height adjustments is a reduction in overall productivity and an under-utilization of the harvesting machine. The author looks at ways to prevent this. He offers detailed modeling of the vertical dynamics including dynamic wheel loads. In addition, the book contains results from simulations and machine tests.

The Author
Dr.-Ing. Benedikt Jung studied Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Systems Engineering with a focus on Automation and Turbomachinery. Between 2014 and 2018 he was an external PhD student at the Institute of Agricultural Systems at the Technical University of Dresden. Since 2011, he works in the Research and Development department of a global manufacturer of Agricultural machinery.


Vehicle dynamics modeling Identification of dynamic systems Command shaping Harvesting machine dynamics Harvester header hight control Harvesting Techology

Authors and affiliations

  • Benedikt┬áJung
    • 1
  1. 1.Dresden Technical UniversityDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-57774-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-57775-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-3365
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-3373
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