COAL LOCOMOTIVE PROPOSAL NO. 7300-912

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,830.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
1265
Agency Tracking Number:
1265
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1235 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
WILLIAM M. BROBECK
SENIOR ENGINEER
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
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.

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