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Evaluation of pre-packaged agricultural drip irrigation kits

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dc.contributor.advisor James H. Williams, Jr. en_US Huang, Shen, S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US 2012-10-26T19:01:44Z 2012-10-26T19:01:44Z 2012 en_US 2012 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 67-69). en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to conduct user testing and performance evaluation of two different agricultural pre-packaged drip irrigation kit (PDIK) systems: Chapin Bucket Kit and International Design Enterprises (IDE) drip kit. PDIK systems are a cost-effective type of appropriate technology for the developing world because they reduce agricultural water consumption and can increase crop yield over other methods of irrigation. Overall user testing indicates preference for the IDE drip kit because of ease of installation, low cost, and suitable size for the average household plot. On the other hand, the Chapin Bucket Kit performs better in laboratory evaluation in terms of emitter performance, materials strength, and filter clogging . Ultimately, it is up to users to decide what are the trade-offs that can be made when choosing a PDIK system. This study is conducted under the MIT Development Lab Technology Evaluation and Verification Program (D-lab TEV) and has been financially supported by the MIT Public Service Center and the MIT Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Shen Huang. en_US
dc.format.extent 69 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Evaluation of pre-packaged agricultural drip irrigation kits en_US
dc.title.alternative Evaluation of PDIKs en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 813166615 en_US

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