Mathematical and computational models for agrichemical retention on plants (ARC Linkage Project led by Queensland University of Technology) (2017–2020)
Mathematical modelling and computer simulation have the potential to transform agrichemical spraying of plants
by offering an alternative to expensive experimental programs. This project aims to use contemporary fluid
mechanics to build practical mathematical models for droplet impaction, spreading and evaporation on leaf
surfaces. The models will be calibrated and validated experimentally. The intended outcome is to build new
interactive software that simulates agrichemical spraying for multiple virtual plants that are reconstructed from
scanned data. The software's purpose is to drive the development of new and improved agrichemical products
that increase retention, minimise environmental impacts, and reduce costs for end-users.