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Deployable Nesting Spray Boom
WSU Senior Capstone Project
In a quest to optimize drones for orchard and vineyard spraying, I personally led a team which developed an innovative vertical spray boom that nests inside itself when stowed.
This deployable composite boom is tailored to meet the needs of Pacific Northwest growers. By approaching the fruiting wall face-on, a much higher spray efficiency can be had. The design was validated using Finite Element Analysis and real-world stress tests.
This research paves the way for growers to harness the full potential of drones, potentially sending their productivity to reach new heights.