Dynamics and Stability of Capsules in Pipeline Transportation
Yiyuan Zhao, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
- D.D. Joseph, Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
Project Summary:An underground pipeline system provides a promising alternative to the current truck transportation on congested highways. Such a pipeline system is especially well suited to Minnesota weather conditions. The idea is to move freight capsules in a pipe with linear induction motors. The proposed project seeks to establish governing equations for a multiple capsule pipeline system, to study the stability of various structures of such a system, and to discuss design implications. We will use a combination of nonlinear stability theories and extensive numerical simulations. Results of this study will reveal basic characteristics of and establish standards for the design and construction of pipeline transportation systems.
- Start date: 09/1994
- Project Status: Completed
- Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
- Topics: Freight, Intelligent vehicles