COAL LOCOMOTIVE PROPOSAL NO. 7300-912

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1265
Amount: $49,830.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1984
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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1235 Tenth Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 WILLIAM M. BROBECK
 SENIOR ENGINEER
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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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