Plenary Lecture

The Valorization of Natural Resources for Irrigation the Hilly and Terraced Surfaces

Associate Professor Badea Lepadatescu
Department of Manufacturing Engineering
Faculty of Technological Engineering and Industrial Management
Transilvania University of Brasov

Abstract: In the paper is detailed an innovative solution of an equipment used for irrigation the hilly and small terraced surfaces of upland areas, where the water is not available and the electricity grid is missing. The condition to use this solution of irrigation is to have a water source available. This water source can be a spring, an artesian well or a stream that must be near the surfaces on the hillside that need the water. Usually, the level of the water source must be above the site location of the homestead’s water needs. If the location of household, garden, or livestock water supply is higher that the water source is necessary to use a solution to pump the water to this location. To pump the water without use electricity in hilly areas it is used a ram pump system which needs a minimum fall of the water. The paper presents an economical solution to irrigate the hilly surfaces where the water source has not a fall to make working properly the ram pump.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Badea Lepadatescu is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technological Engineering and Industrial Management of Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1998 in the area of machining through superfinishing process. After he graduated he worked five years as design engineer at Roman truck factory in the field of manufacturing processes where he designed many devices and special machine tools especially for superfinishing process. Started on 1982 he worked as research engineer at Transilvania University of Brasov, and after 1997 he is teaching at Department of Manufacturing Engineering. His main academic interests include Tolerance and Dimensional Control, Manufacturing Engineering Processes, Automation Processes, and Renewable Energy Sources. The research accomplishments are reflected through publications in a five books and authored or co-authored over 120 papers published at international conferences. He has extensive experience in both experimental and theoretical research work having more than 50 contracts with factories to design and produce machine tools for machining processes. Also in the field of Renewable Energy Sources together with a team he made two wind turbines, one with horizontal axis for taking water, and one with vertical axis to produce electric energy. He has been speaker to international conferences, has moderated forums, organized symposia, workshops and sessions at major international conferences.

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