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Tyre evolution, traction and repeated wheeling effects on the risk of soil compaction

PhD defence, Wednesday 28 April 2021, Loraine ten Damme

2021.04.28 | Helle Mitzi Thomsen Reichl

Loraine ten Damme

One of the main threats to the quality of agricultural soil in Europe and elsewhere is soil compaction. During her studies, Loraine ten Damme studied processes of soil compaction, in particular tyre-soil interactions and soil response as affected by tyre evolution, traction and repeated wheeling. Loraine investigated, among others, the effect of different tractor tyre designs as well as the performance of the use of a novel trailer designed to reduce the risk of soil compaction during heavy traffic.

The new research findings contribute significantly to our understanding of key processes of and factors affecting field traffic soil structure deformation. The gained knowledge is of strong importance in relation to the development of new intelligent mitigation measures for reducing the risk of soil compaction


The PhD study was completed at Department of Agroecology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 12.00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Karina Rysholt Christensen; kch@agro.au.dk.

Title of dissertation: Revealing key processes of soil structure deformation after traffic
Contact information: Loraine ten Damme, e-mail: ltd@agro.au.dk

Members of the assessment committee:
Professor and Vice dean Laura Alakukku, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Associate Research Professor Marcus Berli, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, University of Nevada, United States of America
Senior Scientist Per L. Gregersen (chair), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

Main supervisor:
Senior Scientist Mathieu Lamandé, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

Co-supervisor:
Professor Lars J. Munkholm, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis.


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