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.
- Paper presented at ASME Meeting, December 10-15, 1978.
American Society of Mechanical EngineersTwo Park Avenue
New York, NY USA 10016-5990
- Campbell, T C
- Publication Date: 1978
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 9 p.
- TRT Terms: Barge operations; Barges; Belt conveyors; Bulk cargo; Bulk cargo handling; Bulk cargo terminals; Coal; Coal industry; Coal pipelines; Conveyors; Energy consumption; Freight traffic; Freight transportation; Manual safety belts; Marine terminals; Physical distribution; Pipelines; Rail marine interface; Slurry pipelines; Train operations; Unit trains; Water transportation
- Geographic Terms: Western States
- Old TRIS Terms: Barge transportation systems; Belt; Bulk coal; Energy intensiveness; Unitrain operations
- Subject Areas: Energy; Freight Transportation; Marine Transportation; Pipelines; Railroads; Terminals and Facilities;
- 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