DYNAMICS AND STABILITY OF CAPSULES IN PIPELINE TRANSPORTATION
The project studies a new system concept for freight transportation. The idea is to use capsules to transport cargos in concealed pipelines powered by linear electric motors. Such a concept advocates the separation of freight transportation from human movement and can be very effective in reducing the ever-increasing highway congestion problem. The report examines the technical aspects of such a freight pipeline system powered by linear induction motors. Forces acting on a capsule are first discussed, followed by the study of aerodynamic drag forces on a capsule and linear induction thrust forces. Stabilities of both a single capsule and a multiple capsule system are discussed. These results reveal the basic characteristics of a freight pipeline system, propelled by linear induction propulsion. Various technical issues are discussed.
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- Sponsored by Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Research Coordinating Session.
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesDepartment of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 110 Union Street, SE
Minneapolis, MN United States 55455-0220
- Zhao, Y
- Lundgren, T S
- Publication Date: 1996-5
- Features: Figures; References;
- Pagination: 46 p.
- TRT Terms: Capsule pipelines; Freight handling; Freight transportation; Linear motors; Motors; Pipeline transportation
- Old TRIS Terms: Cargo transportation; Freight operations
- Subject Areas: Design; Freight Transportation; Pipelines;
- Accession Number: 00730695
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: MN-RC-96-17
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 3 1997 12:00AM