Larry Wells, Ph.D., P.E.
Machine Systems Automation Engineering
University of Kentucky, BAE
219 C.E. Barnhart Building
Lexington, KY 40546
Phone: (859) 218-4356
Fax: (859) 257-5671
Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1975.
M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1971.
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1969 (with honors).
Soil-machine interaction and burley tobacco mechanization are my two principal areas of interest. I conduct research to develop an economical method of assessing soil compaction. Soil penetration resistance data is costly to acquire, thus we are attempting to develop a means by which producers could measure soil resistance during field operations such as planting. A prototype mechanical harvesting system for burley tobacco has been fabricated. We are designing a high-capacity mechanical system for processing cured burley tobacco.