Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of Agricultural and Food Engineering with the goal of advancing engineering solutions toward creating a sustainable world with abundant food, water, and energy, while maintaining a healthy environment. While the discipline has continued to grow, so has the demand for quality educational resources that instructors can use to teach Biosystems Engineering courses. The publication of this book marks an important step in meeting that demand.
Introduction to Biosystems Engineering can be used as a customizable text for university-level introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering. Written by an international team of authors, the book is divided into six sections aligned with technical communities within Biosystems Engineering: Energy Systems; Information Technology, Sensors, and Control Systems; Machinery Systems; Natural Resources and Environmental Systems; Plant, Animal, and Facility Systems; and Processing Systems. Within the sections, individual chapters focus on discrete topics that can be covered in one week of class. Each chapter contains the expected learning outcomes, key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.
Introduction to Biosystems Engineering is available in print and online. The online version is freely downloadable as a complete work and as individual, stand-alone chapters. In addition, a parallel resource is in development—The Biosystems Engineering Digital Library (BEDL)—which will provide more teaching and learning materials for instructors to use in the classroom (ASABE.org/BE). View the video about these projects.
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A planned successor volume, Introduction to Biosystems Engineering II, is in development, with new chapters being released starting in 2022. To access these chapters go to: https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineeringII.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS and DOIs Energy Systems Bioenergy Conversion Systems (Bioenergy_Systems) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Bioenergy_Systems Biogas Energy from Organic Wastes (Biogas) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Biogas Biodiesel from Oils and Fats (Biodiesel) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Biodiesel Baling Biomass: Densification and Energy Requirements (Baling_Biomass) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Baling_Biomass
Information Technology, Sensors and Control Systems Basic Microcontroller Use for Measurement and Control (Microcontroller) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Microcontroller Visible and Near Infrared Optical Spectroscopic Sensors for Biosystems Engineering (Optical_Sensors) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Optical_Sensors Data Processing in Biosystems Engineering (Data_Processing) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Data_Processing
Machinery Systems Traction (Traction) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Traction Crop Establishment and Protection (Crop_Establishment) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Crop_Establishment Grain Harvest and Handling (Grain_Harvest) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Grain_Harvest Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems in Agricultural Machinery (Mechatronics) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Mechatronics
Natural Resources & Environmental Systems Water Budgets for Sustainable Water Management (Water_Budget) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Water_Budget Water Quality as a Driver of Ecological System Health (Ecosystem_Health) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Ecosystem_Health Quantifying and Managing Soil Erosion on Cropland (Soil_Erosion) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Soil_Erosion Anaerobic Digestion of Agri-Food By-products (Anaerobic_Digestion) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Anaerobic_Digestion Measurement of Gaseous Emissions from Animal Housing (Gaseous_Emissions) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Gaseous_Emissions
Plant, Animal and Facility Systems Plant Production in Controlled Environments (Plant_Controlled_Environment) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Plant_Controlled_Environment Building Design for Energy Efficient Livestock Housing (Livestock_Housing_Energy) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Livestock_Housing_Energy
Processing Systems Freezing of Food (Freezing_Food) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Freezing_Food Principles of Thermal Processing of Packaged Foods (Food_Thermal_Processing) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Food_Thermal_Processing Deep Fat Frying of Food (Frying_Food) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Frying_Food Irradiation of Food (Food_Irradiation) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Food_Irradiation Packaging (Packaging) https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering/Packaging
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Suggested citation: Holden, N. M., Wolfe, M. L., Ogejo, J. A., and E. J. Cummins. (2021) Introduction to Biosystems Engineering, ASABE and Virginia Tech Publishing. https://doi.org/10.21061/IntroBiosystemsEngineering, CC BY 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0