78820 - Agricoltural Mechanics

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  • Teacher Mirko Maraldi

  • Credits 3

  • SSD AGR/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Health Professions of Prevention Sciences (cod. 8878)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Jan 07, 2022 to Jan 28, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is expected to know the most used agricultural machines and the main agricultural processes, and be aware of the health and safety aspects related to the use of agricultural machinery.

Course contents

  • Introduction and overview on injuries and fatalities in Agriculture
  • Machinery classification
  • Traditional tillage machinery
  • Minimum tillage machinery
  • Agricultural tractor: overview and advancements in safety and ergonomics
  • Tractor classification
  • tractor-implement connection devices
  • Tractor engines emissions
  • Tractor rollover: rollover accidents; principles of Statics; lateral and longitudinal tractor stability
  • Protection against tractor rollover: ROPS, FOPS, cabins, standards and homologation
  • Pesticides: definitions, standards, efficiency of treatment
  • Sprayers and spraying devices
  • Vibrations and noise control


  • Lecture notes
  • Bodria, Pellizzi, Piccarolo, Meccanica Agraria - volume I: il trattore e le macchine operatrici, Edagricole, Bologna, 2013

Teaching methods

Hybrid classroom (both in the classroom and synchronously online)

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Office hours

See the website of Mirko Maraldi