Dynamics and Stability of Capsules in Pipeline Transportation

Principal Investigator:

Yiyuan Zhao, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics

Co-Investigator

  • 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.

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Project Details:

  • Start date: 09/1994
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Freight, Intelligent Vehicles