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COAL LOCOMOTIVE PROPOSAL NO. 7300-912

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1265
Program Year/Program:
1984 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1265
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Brobeck Corp.
1235 Tenth Street Berkeley, CA 94710
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1984
Title: COAL LOCOMOTIVE PROPOSAL NO. 7300-912
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,830.00
 

Abstract:

COAL IS AN ATTRACTIVE FUEL FOR RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVES BECAUSE OF ITS DOMESTIC ABUNDANCE AND LOW COST PER UNIT OF HEAT. ONE RESTRAINT IN COAL AS A LOCOMOTIVE FUEL IS ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION. CONSIDERING THESE CONFLICTING CONDITIONS OF ATTRACTIVENESS AND DIFFICULTY IN USING COAL AS A FUEL, IT BECOMES QUITE IMPORTANT HOW THE COAL IS HANDLED AND CONVERTED TO HEAT FOR LOCOMOTIVE POWER. A STUDY OF HEAT ENGINES FOR USING COAL, LEADS US TO CONCLUDE THAT A GASIFIED COAL PRODUCER IS THE BEST METHOD FOR USING COAL. WE HAVE EXAMINED THE MAJOR SUBSYSTEMS INVOLVED: THE GAS PRODUCER, GAS CLEANER, CONTROLS, WASTE DISPOSAL, ENGINE AND THE ELECTRIC DRIVE. THE ONE AREA NEEDING FURTHER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS THE GAS-CLEANING SUBSYSTEM. WE ARE PROPOSING TO DEVELOP THE CHEMISTRY AND HANDLING SYSTEM NECESSARY TO FIT A GAS-CLEANING SYSTEM ON A GASIFIED COAL LOCOMOTIVE. A SERIOUS EFFORT IS REQUIRED TO INSURE THAT SULPHUR IN THE COAL DOES NOT END UP IN THE ENGINE EXHAUST. ONCE A GAS-CLEANING SYSTEM CAN BE DEMONSTRATED THAT CONTROLS THIS POLLUTANT, THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT LOCOMOTIVE MANUFACTURERS, RAILROADS AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT FABRICATORS WILL BECOME INVESTORS AND PURCHASERS.

Principal Investigator:

William m. brobeck
SENIOR ENGINEER
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Brobeck Corp.
1235 Tenth Street Berkeley, CA 94710

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No