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Bananas get shaken around as they travel across the country in trucks from the plantation to the distribution centre, before arriving at stores.

PhD candidate Indika Fernando is researching the causes of mechanical damage in bananas along the post-harvest supply chain, and simulation is an important part of his research project.

Indika is currently testing the impact of vibration on bananas at the engineered packaging and distribution test lab in Melbourne in collaboration with the University of Victoria. These simulation tests will help develop tools to reduce banana wastage.

Find out more

Read Indika's paper "Evaluating packaging performance for bananas under simulated vibration"

Read Indika's paper "Measurement and analysis of vibration and mechanical damage to bananas during long-distance interstate transport by multi-trailer road trains"

Read Indika's paper “Measurement and evaluation of the effect of vibration on fruits in transit—Review