3-year progress report
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The Capsule Pipeline Research Center is devoted to performing research in capsule pipelines so that this emerging technology can be developed for early use to transport solids including coal, grain, other agricultural products, solid wastes, etc. The mission of the first four years (1991-95) is to focus on the coal log pipeline (CLP) technology for transporting coal. In the subsequent four years (1995-99), the Center will gradually transform its mission to cover other types of capsule pipelines, both hydraulic and pneumatic, for transporting other types of cargoes. Areas of research covered by Core Program of the first three years include hydrodynamics of capsule flow, manufacturing of coal logs, automatic control of coal log pipeline, and legal research in coal pipelines. The Non-Core Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute explored the economics and commercialization of CLP, and how to handle coal logs and treat CLP effluent at power plants. A total of 13 faculty members and 56 students from both the Columbia Campus and the Rolla Campus have participated in the research. Important research findings and accomplishments during the first-three years include: success in making durable binderless coal logs by compaction, success in underwater extrusion of binderless coal logs, success in compacting and extruding coal logs with less than 3 % hydrophobic binder at room temperature, improvement in the injection system and the pump-bypass scheme, advancement in the state-of-the-art of predicting the energy loss (pressure drop) along both stationary and moving capsules, demonstrated the effectiveness of using polymer for drag reduction in CLP, demonstrated the influence of zeta potential on coal log fabrication, improved understanding of the water absorption properties of coal logs, better understanding of the mechanism of coal log abrasion (wear), completed a detailed economic evaluation of the CLP technology and compared coal transportation cost by CLP to that by rail, truck and slurry pipelines, and completion of several areas of legal research. The Center also conducted important technology transfer activities including workshops, work sessions, company seminars, involvement of companies in CLP research, issuance of newsletters, completion of a video tape on CLP, and presentation of research findings at numerous national and international meetings.
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Executive summary -- Contributions to state and local economic development strategies -- Research program -- Industrial collaboration/technology transfer -- Commercialization plan -- Infrastructure and management -- Analyst's report -- Support, financial management & budget -- Budget details for years 4 through 8 (NSF, state, industry & university portions) -- Appendices. Individual project descriptions ; Attachments ; References ; Publications ; R&d plan ; Manual of practice (outline) ; Industry related visits.