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dc.contributor.advisorMassey, Joseph
dc.creatorMcCollum, Michael Pride
dc.descriptionTypescript (photocopy).en
dc.description.abstractA discrete, stochastic simulation model was developed to simulate and evaluate chip harvesting systems. FSCAT, an acronym which stands for felling, skidding, chipping and trucking, was written in modular form with the coding in ANSI FORTRAN. FSCAT can simulate a wide range of equipment configurations without reprogramming. The model supplies a cost analysis of the harvest as well as production and activity times for the equipment. The model can fit five probability distributions for activity simulation. Two types of goodness-of-fit statistics are reported for each distribution fit. A user's manual and programmer's guide were constructed to aid the user in running FSCAT. FSCAT was tested by comparing simulated results to actual observations from chip harvesting operations. The results of the tests strongly support the validity of FSCAT. FSCAT was used to rank alternatives for skidder allocation in a chip harvesting operation. The cost per green ton of chips produced was the criterion used for ranking the configurations. ...en
dc.format.extentx, 158 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subject.classification1981 Dissertation M129
dc.subject.lcshForests and forestryen
dc.subject.lcshEconomic aspectsen
dc.subject.lcshComputer simulationen
dc.subject.lcshForestry engineeringen
dc.titleEconomic evaluation of whole-tree chip harvesting operations through simulationen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen D. in Philosophyen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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