Tillage, seeding, conservation agriculture, plant fibres, land application of manure, modeling and simulation, discrete element methods (DEM),


Agricultural machinery and soil dynamics

Graduate Student Opportunities

Dr. Chen does not have any graduate student opportunities available at this time.

Selected Publications

Recent publications (Total refereed articles in scientific journals: 114) 

Mahmudul, H. M. Rahman, Y. Chen, and N. Cicek. 2022. Optimization of Typha fibre extraction and properties for bio-composite applications using desirability function analysis. Polymers 2002, 14, 1658. (

Acquah, K. and Y. Chen. 2022. Soil compaction from wheel traffic under three tillage systems. Agriculture 2022, 12, 219. (https://

Gong, H., Y. Chen, S. Wu, Z. Tang, C. Liu, Z. Wang, D. Fu, Y. Zhou, and L. Qi. 2022. Simulation of canola seedling emergence dynamics under different soil compaction levels using the discrete element method (DEM). Soil & Tillage Research 223 (2022) 105461. (Doi: 10.1016/j.still.2022.105461)

Sadek, M. and Y. Chen. 2021. Discrete element modeling (DEM) of hemp processing using a hammermill. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 63. 2.1-2.11. (

Zeng, Z., D. Thoms, Y. Chen, and X. Ma. 2021. Comparison of soil and corn residue cutting performance of different discs used for vertical tillage. Scientific Reports. (2021) 11: 2537. (Doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82270-9)

Sadrmanesh, V., Y. Chen, H.R. Fazeli, M. Rahman, S. Potter. 2021. Optimization of treatment parameters for extracting canola fiber. Transactions of ASABE 64(5): 1425-1433. (doi: 10.13031/trans.13883)

Adajar, J.B., Y. Chen, M. Alfero, and Z. Zeng. 2021. Calibration of Discrete Element Parameters of Crop Residues and their Interfaces with Soil, Computer and Electronics in Agriculture 188, September 2021, 106349. (

Acquah, K. and Y. Chen. 2021. Discrete element modelling of soil compaction of a press-wheel. AgriEnginneering 2021, 3: 278-293. (

Sadek, M.A., Y. Chen, and Z. Zeng. 2021. Draft force prediction for a high-speed disc implement using discrete element modelling. Biosystems Engineering 202(2021): 133-141. (Doi:10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2020.12.009)

Zeng, Z. A. Martin, Y. Chen, and X. Ma. 2020. Weeding performance of a spring-tine harrow as affected by timing and operational parameters. Weed Science 69 (2): 247-256; online: 03 December 2020. (doi: 10.1017/wsc.2020.88)

Zeng, Z., X. Ma, Y. Chen, and L. Qi. 2020. Modelling residue incorporation of selected chisel ploughing tools using the discrete element method (DEM). Soil and Tillage Research. 197(2020): 104505. (doi: 10.1016/j.still.2019.104505)

Guzman, L., Y. Chen, and H. Landry. 2020. Coupled CFD-DEM Simulation of Seed Flow in an Air Seeder Distributor Tube. Processes 2020, 8(12), 1597. (

Zeng, Z., Y. Chen, and L. Qi. 2020. Simulation of cotyledon-soil dynamics using the discrete element method (DEM). Computer and Electronics in Agriculture. 174(2020) 105505. (doi: 10.1016/j.compag.2020.105505)

Adajar, J.B., Ubay, I.O., Alfaro, M., and Chen, Y. 2020. Discrete Element Model Parameters to Simulate Slope Movements. International Journal of GEOMATE. 18 (65): 192-199. (doi: 10.21660.2020.65.9424)

Guzman, L., Y. Chen, and H. Landry. 2020. Discrete element modeling of seed metering as affected by roller speed and damping coefficient. Transactions of the ASABE. 63(1): 189-198. (doi: 10.13031/trans.13152)

Murray, S. and Y. Chen. 2019. Discrete element modeling of soil displacement resulting from hoe openers. Transactions of the ASABE 62(2): 253-262. (doi: 10.13031/trans.12932)

Sadrmanesh, V., Y. Chen, M. Rahman, and F.M. AL-Oqla. 2019. Developing a decision making model to identify the most influential parameters affecting mechanical extraction of bast fibers. Journal of Cleaner Production 238 (2019): 1-10. (

Zeng, Z., Chen, Y., and Qi, L., 2019. Soil cutting by a compact disc harrow having various disc arrangements, Transactions of the ASABE, 62(2): 429-437. (doi: 10.13031/trans.13106)