Freight Pipelines: Past, Present and Future

by Henry Liu,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipelines 2002: Beneath Our Feet: Challenges and Solutions


Freight pipelines are a set of time-honored methods to transport solids by underground pipelines, and the technology is improving. However, for intercity and interstate freight transport as a common carrier, significant further improvement of PCP, such as using electromatic pumps instead of blowers, must be made which requires expensive R&D. Government funding in R&D in this new area is needed as it has been with the development of modern rail and highway systems. The use of freight pipelines in the future can reduce the number of trucks on highways and streets, and facilitate freight transport in a most environmentally friendly manner. The nation will also benefit economically by using freight pipelines.

Subject Headings: Freight pipelines | Freight transportation | Research and development | Highways and roads | Buried pipes | Interurban travel | PCP | Pumps

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