Technologies and mechanization for harvesting of forest biomass

Subject description

The course is designed broadly with the aim of adapting to the student's interest. In the course, you will learn about technologies in the field of forest harvesting. In the subject, we touch on technologies from the point of view of the product (round wood, forest wood biomass, quality, value) from the point of view of mechanization (kinds and types of machines, properties) and technologies and technological chains (use of different machines, their interactions, different conditions, working and standing conditions, different types of forests and adapted felling methods – protection forest). In addition to the technologies themselves, we are also interested in their impact on the environment. By this we mean CO2 emissions and comparisons between technologies, energy balances, impacts on the soil, on the stand, liquid outflows, felling and harvesting methods that promote CO2 sinks.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Acquisition of knowledge about the ability to conduct analysis of forest harvesting technologies.

Ability to conceive, perform and understand  different technologies and their connecting into forest harvesting chains.

The student learns how to critically analyse and characterize properties of the studied technologies and their interactions.

Teaching and learning methods

Consultations and assistance in the design, implementation and analysis of the experiment. In agreement with the candidate's mentor, it is possible to carry out a part of the research work of the student's doctoral dissertation in the infrastructure center of the Department of forestry and renewable resources.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

The student performs an individual research task and gains »hands on« experiences with forest harvesting technologies'. The student learns how to design and analyse the obtained results – the expected study result is a successful analysis of the selected forest harvesting technology. The results of the analyses enable the student to design further experiments.

Basic sources and literature

Pregledni in izvirni članki iz področja.

Review and original articles from the field.

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