IIT-K reveals breakthrough in coal/mineral transportation

Developed by Professor Bishakh Bhattacharya and research scientists Kanhaiya Lal Chaurasia and Yashasvi Sinha from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, the system promises to revolutionize the way coal and minerals are transported.

According to an official statement, the traditional transportation method has always been a challenge, with problems such as material loss, delivery time uncertainty, and air pollution.

The new freight-based Hyperloop system effectively addresses these challenges and promises to significantly reduce air pollution, material loss and travel time.

Professor Abhay Karandekar, Director, IIT Kanpur, said, “This system is a game-changer in the field of transportation. With its dual advantage of low energy consumption and simultaneous pipeline monitoring, this technology will greatly improve production and productivity both from underground and open.” – Point mining. The decrease in the number of trucks and rail cars will also reduce the pressure on the tracks and congested roads for the transportation of goods.

The system is designed to transport coal or slurry from one point to another using compressed air as the power source. The robot travels at a speed of about 120 km/h and can move the loaded mass to the designated receiving/unloading sub-section continuously. This will be an ongoing process, and there may be more than one automated vehicle working in series depending on workload and requirements.

Even parallel pipeline loops can greatly increase transmission efficiency. Each unit of the vehicle is connected to adjacent units through a ball-and-socket joint. This connection as well as provides maneuverability to the system which enables the robot to pass through the intricate bends present in the pipeline network.

The system also has an accurate, reliable and continuous vehicle/robot positioning system. In order to achieve this positioning performance in GPS-prohibited environments such as tunnels/pipelines, the system deploys a hybrid multi-sensor fusion strategy to locate bogies in pipelines.

The system would have a power consumption of about 107 kW at a delivery rate of 5.6 t/min/km corresponding to a pipe of only 40 inches.

The system, which was developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Materials, Structures and Systems (SMSS) of IIT Kanpur, has already undergone a successful demonstration at the UP Global Investors Summit 2023 and has received positive feedback from experts in the field.

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