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Development of remote soil moisture sensor on unmanned aerial vehicle for irrigated agriculture

Grant number: 16/21941-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Soil Science
Principal Investigator:Hudson Giovani Zanin
Grantee:Luiz Eduardo Camargo Aranha Schiavo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação (FEEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/02163-7 - Development of supercapacitors devices from graphene, carbon nanotubes and diamonds, AP.JP


Climate change has caused many challenges to humanity. In Brazil, in particular in agriculture, periods of prolonged drought have caused considerable losses in production and consequently a price increase to the final consumer. An alternative to this adversity in agricultural production is irrigation, however it can be very costly, cause conflicts and consume little existing water resources. Therefore, water must be used with wisdom, that is, only when necessary. To meet this demand, this PhD project proposes the remote sensing of soil moisture on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for irrigated agriculture. The semiquantitative analysis will be performed by software, which will be related radiated heat with soil moisture and allowing metered irrigation efficiently to the site. This prototype will be developed during this project where we will build the UAV's physical structure as well as its source of energy; flight electronic circuits based on embedded systems and finally the software for image analysis and control of irrigation. The mechanical structure is made of composite resin and carbon, its energy power supply will be a supercapacitor bank linked to the fuselage and images are captured by camera for image acquisition in the infrared. At the end, after the construction of the prototype we will do the tests in partnership with EMBRAPA comparing the results with the results measured manually.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
VICENTINI, RAFAEL; COSTA, LENON HENRIQUE; NUNES, WILLIAN; BOAS, OTAVIO VILAS; SOARES, DAVI MARCELO; ALVES, THAYANE ALMEIDA; REAL, CARLA; BUENO, CAROLINE; PETERLEVITZ, ALFREDO CARLOS; ZANIN, HUDSON. Direct growth of mesoporous Carbon on aluminum foil for supercapacitors devices. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN ELECTRONICS, v. 29, n. 12, p. 10573-10582, . (17/11958-1, 17/03371-0, 14/02163-7, 16/25082-8, 17/03640-1, 17/02634-8, 16/21941-6)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SCHIAVO, Luiz Eduardo Camargo Aranha. Development of components for unmanned aerial vehicle. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Engenharia Elétrica e de Computação Campinas, SP.

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