Verification of mechanical failure mode through corrosion test of a pump for soil sterilizer injection

Han-Ju Yoo1,2, Jooseon Oh3,4,*, Sung-Bo Shim1,2,5,*

1Smart Agriculture Innovation Center, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
2Department of Bio-industrial Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
3Department of Convergence Biosystems Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea
4BK21 Interdisciplinary Program in IT-Bio Convergence System, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 61186, Korea
5Upland Field Machinery Research Center, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea

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Deteriorating soil physical properties and increasing soil pathogens due to the continuous cultivation of field crops are the leading causes of productivity deterioration. Crop rotation, soil heat treatment, and chemical control are used as pest control methods; however, each has limitations in wide application to domestic agriculture. In particular, chemical control requires improvement due to direct exposure to sterilizing solution, odor, and high-intensity work. To improve the overall domestic agricultural environment, the problems of time and cost, such as field maintenance and cultivation scale, must be addressed; therefore, mechanization technology for chemical control must be secured to derive improvement effects in a short period. Most related studies are focused on the control effect of the DMDS (dimethyl disulfide) sterilizer, and research on the performance of the sterilization spray device has been conducted after its introduction in Korea, but research on the corrosion suitability of the material is lacking. This study conducted a corrosion test to secure the corrosion resistance of a soil sterilizer injection pump, and a mechanical failure mode by corrosion by the material was established. The corrosion test comprised operation and neglect tests in which the sterilizing solution was circulated in the pump and remained in the pump, respectively. As a result of the corrosion test, damage occurred due to the weakening of the mechanical strength of the graphite material, and corrosion resistance to aluminum, stainless steel, fluororubber, and PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) materials was confirmed.


corrosion, dimethyl disulfide, failure mode, pump, soil disinfectant

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