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Record number 410683
Title A methodology for model-based greenhouse design: Part 3, sensitivity analysis of a combined greenhouse climate-crop yield model
Author(s) Vanthoor, B.H.E.; Henten, E.J. van; Stanghellini, C.; Visser, P.H.B. de
Source Biosystems Engineering 110 (2011)4. - ISSN 1537-5110 - p. 396 - 412.
Department(s) ATV Farm Technology
WUR GTB Tuinbouw Technologie
WUR GTB Gewasfysiologie Management en Model
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract Greenhouse design is an optimisation problem that might be solved by a model-based greenhouse design method. A sensitivity analysis of a combined greenhouse climate-crop yield model of tomato was done to identify the parameters, i.e. greenhouse design parameters, outdoor climate and climate set-points, that most strongly influence greenhouse performance. The analysis was performed for a low-tech greenhouse in Almeria, Spain, and a high-tech greenhouse in Texas, USA. A single-variate sensitivity analysis showed that outdoor climate has the strongest impact on the performance of the greenhouse system, followed by greenhouse design parameters and greenhouse climate set-points. The high impact of the outdoor conditions stresses the need to select a proper location for the greenhouse. Concerning the design parameters, the analysis revealed different results for the two locations and greenhouses studied. This emphasises that a ‘custom made’ approach to greenhouse design should be followed exploiting local conditions. In both cases, structures with a higher PAR transmission and a NIR-selective whitewash should be used. Seasonal patterns in the model sensitivity of for instance PAR, NIR and FIR emission coefficients of the cover indicate that a greenhouse with adjustable cover parameters will be advantageous over a design with fixed greenhouse cover parameters, as is usually implemented. A multi-variate sensitivity analysis revealed strong joint effects of parameters on crop yield. A joint increase of the PAR transmission and temperature set-point for ventilation favoured the crop yield for both greenhouses, stressing a simultaneous approach to both design and control of greenhouse systems
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