Coal Transportation Research and Information Needs

by Ronald W. Eck, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, W. Va.,
Ching Y. Hui, (A.M.ASCE), Research Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, W. Va.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 5, Pg. 757-767

Document Type: Journal Paper


Transportation planning and engineering research and data needs in the area of coal transportation are outlined using specific examples from a West Virginia coal conversion study. Coal quality parameters and coal mine characteristics that influence the transportation modes utilized are presented. Roles played by coal preparation and loading facilities are noted. Data deficiencies relative to assessing impacts of coal hauling vehicles on highway systems are considered. Although information deals primarily with the Appalachian coalfields, an effort is made to describe regional differences in coal transportation research needs. Specific data needs pertaining to the retail coal system are presented. An extensive reference list is provided for those just becoming involved in coal transportation activities.

Subject Headings: Coal | Freight transportation | Coal mining | Computing in civil engineering | Transportation studies | Parameters (statistics) | Load factors | Vehicle impacts | West Virginia | Appalachian

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