COAL TRANSPORTATION: BELT CONVEYORS, COMBINED RAIL-BARGE, AND SLURRY PIPELINES

The capacity of the nation's transport system to move increasingly large tonnages of coal from mines to markets is a major energy problem. Coal accounts for more ton-miles of freight on the railroads and the waterways than does any other commodity. This work deals with belt conveyors, rail-barge combinations, and slurry pipelines as innovative additions to transport systems. In the past, both production and consumption have taken place within the same geographic regions. As late as 1969, the average length of coal hauls was only 225 miles. With the opening of the western mines along with increased emphasis on having new power plants designed to use coal, the market is becoming national in scope. Average hauls are much greater, with some being as long as 1200 miles. Each of the modes is considered, including its level of energy efficiency, its advantages and constraints, and how it can contribute to the overall capacity to transport this vital source of energy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at ASME Meeting, December 10-15, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, T C
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 78-WA/MH-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM