7th annual report, period Covered: 9/1/97-8/31/98
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The mission of the CPRC (Capsule Pipeline Research Center) has been focused on the coal log pipeline (CLP) technology for transporting coal. Great strides have been made by CPRC in the last 6 1/2 years in research, development, technology transfer, and education/training. A significant milestone reached during the current (7th) reporting year is the installation of a new machine designed by CPRC for rapid production of 5.4-inch diameter logs. The machine has unique features that can produce high-quality logs rapidly. No current commercial machine can do that. Other key accomplishments during this year include completing: a 3-D finite element model to predict coal log properties, and the verification of the model by experiments; a drag reduction study in an 8-inch-diameter pipe; a rapid compaction study, a scale up study and a compaction optimization study. New projects initiated this year include pneumatic capsule pipeline for transporting mail, and compaction of biomass waste materials-sawdust, wood chips, waste paper, etc. Also, design has been completed for a proposed 3,OOO-ft long pilot plant coal log pipeline. Completion of the pilot plant study in the next year will pave the way for commercialization of the CLP technology. Technology transfer activities of the current year include publication of journal articles, presentation of results at technical conferences, exhibition at a coal technology conference, work sessions held with industry experts, and demonstration of a pipe interior grinder in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A patent has been granted during this year. Three Ph.D., four M.S. and three undergraduates working on CPRC projects received their degrees this year.
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Executive summary -- Accomplishments, technology transfer, and contribution to education -- Nuggets -- Contributions to state and local economic development strategies -- Research program -- Industrial collaboration/technology transfer -- Management and structure -- Center analyst's report -- Support, financial management & budget -- References -- Appendices. Projects of current year (year 7) ; Attachments.
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