FTE-31306 Greenhouse Technology

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture20
Tutorial17
Practical45
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
dr. ir. E Heuvelink
dr. C Stanghellini
dr. RJC van Ooteghem
Examiner(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
prof. dr. ir. EJ van Henten

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

FTE-25303 Building Physics and Climate Engineering and BCT-22803 Physical Transport Phenomena.

Contents:

The content of the course focuses on engineering aspects of greenhouse horticulture systems in interaction with crop growth and development. In a general introduction an analysis of the sector will be presented, followed by the basics of crop growth and development and the physical principles of the greenhouse climate. The main in depth topics of the course are: physics of greenhouse climate, crop production (biological mechanisms, crop growth and development, crop responses to growth factors), management of the aerial environment (functions, manageable parameters and greenhouse climate engineering: radiation management, energy sources and distribution systems, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling systems, screens, carbon dioxide-sources and distribution), management of the root environment (factors, tools, control of water and mineral balance, water quality, salinity effects), and greenhouse systems (passive, climate controlled, (semi) closed greenhouse, greenhouse types, cover materials, and crop systems). The course puts emphasis on calculation and analysis. It prepares for a thesis in greenhouse engineering.
As a student you will be confronted with systems, theoretical backgrounds and methods that are generally used in analysis of the topics mentioned. You will learn to understand and apply theory, and to analyse problems given to you during the course. Both in exercises (manual exercises and model based exercises) and in trainings on a deeper problem analysis by means of simulation, you will be trained in methods to analyse, predict and evaluate crop production, greenhouse climate, and performance of climate engineering solutions, including integration of these fields of knowledge. Focus is not only on the Dutch situation but also on the international protected cultivation. In an excursion near the end of the course you will visit several locations to see and understand implementations of the learned matter.

Learning outcomes:

The course prepares students for MSc-Thesis work in the field of crop production in protected environments under given climatic, economic and technical conditions, and aims to bring students the required level of knowledge and skill.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate quantitative understanding of greenhouse physics and of crop growth and development;
- explain interaction between crop processes and greenhouse climate processes;
- demonstrate quantitative understanding of physical principles and utilisation of technology used for control of greenhouse climate;
- calculate how greenhouse climate management of shoot and root environment affects crop productivity;
- optimize yield by making choices in climate management.

Activities:

- lectures;
- exercises;
- practical training;
- excursion.

Examination:

- during the course weekly electronic exams with calculated formula elements as written exam with electronic answer (open book exam; 100% of final grade);
- training assignments are compulsory (to be passed, not part of final grade);
- rest of the year one electronic exam with calculated formulas as written exam with electronic answer (open book exam).

Literature:

Reader and Blackboard content.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MPSPlant SciencesMScB: Greenhouse Horticulture3WD
MABBiosystems EngineeringMSc3WD