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The Institute of Agricultural Engineering comprises three chairs: Systems Engineering in Plant Production, Livestock Technology as well as Household and Appliance Technology. All three chairs pursue specific research objectives, which are handled with similar methods and similar instrumentation. Unifying research objectives are technical and procedural developments, which are able to facilitate work in crop and livestock farming and housework. In general, technical developments in all processes are oriented to the needs and abilities of the people. Thereby environmental loads are to be reduced and plants as well as animals are to be fed and treated according to their needs. With the help of electronics, actual conditions are recorded and appropriate actions can be initiated via control techniques. In addition to the use of modern communication systems, resource savings (labour, energy and other valuable resources) in all kinds of technical processes are pursued.

 

                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

Despite their orientation in different disciplines, the three chairs apply similar methods and principles (physical engineering, mechanical and thermal process engineering, computer-based measurement systems, statistical test evaluation etc.) as well as common measurement setup and test stations (material test benches, different data loggers, climatic chamber, scientific workshop etc.). Beyond that, there are inter-divisional research areas where the same research topics are studied: for example the development and application of an electronic olfactory sensor (electronic nose) for objective determination of odour pollution or investigation and optimization of the labour environment in agriculture and household concerning their ergonomic design. Moreover,  networking of devices within the single sections agriculture and household through low-cost components is an important topic for all three professorships. Other joint research approaches are in the area of sustainable use of resources (like energy and water) by applying comparable process engineering.

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