Freight suspended transport

Weight-bearing capacity of rolling stock — up to 10,000 tons.

   

Distance of freight transportation — up to 2,000 km.

   

Volume of freight transportation — up to 250 million tons per year.

   

Declivity (downward slope) — up to 10%, at special design - up to 30%.

   

Speed - up to 50 km per hour.

   

APPLICATION

  • Transportation of bulk industrial freight — ore, coal, crushed stone, gravel, sand, rocks, etc.

  • Transportation of liquid goods – oil and oil products, bitumen oil, chemical products, liquid gas, high-quality natural drinking water, etc.

  • Transportation of piece freight — wood and wooden materials, rolled steel, containers, etc.

  • Transportation of special freight — domestic and industrial waste, etc.

MAIN FEATURES

1) Speed — up to 50 km per hour.

2) Weight-bearing capacity of rolling stock — up to 10,000 tons.

3) Declivity (downward slopе) — up to 10%,  at special design – up  to 30%.

4) Distance of freight transportation — up to 2,000 km.

5) Volume of freight transportation — up to 250 million tons per year.

6) Estimated value of freight track, without the cost of rolling stock, loading-unloading terminals and infrastructure is from 1 million per km.

7) The  self -cost of freight transportation is twice as  less as  the self - cost of freight transportation by railway.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

1) Decrease in capital construction costs through:

  • significant reduction of   land take for tracks and infrastructure;
  • elimination of earth banks, removals, transport tunnels, bridges, crossovers, multilevel transport junctions and water sluices;
  • the fact that   rugged  topography,  low strength of underlying subgrade or complex geographical and climatic conditions do not lead to higher costs of the rail string elevated structure;
  • reducing  in a bigger scale  the resource intensity of a rail string elevated structure,  compared to the traditional transport  elevated structure with continuous roadway.

2) Decrease of operating costs through:

  • a reduction of energy and fuel consumption;
  • a reduction of the costs for  operational staff   and their salary;
  • automation of loading -unloading operations and  transportation process;
  • a large reduction in engineering works as well as repair and recovery activities;
  • eliminating the need to clean roads from sleet and snow in winter.

3) Reduction of  self- cost of industrial freight transportation by  twice or  more times.

4) The possibility of sparing development and  comfortable  inhabitation in  the  hard-to reach  new territories :  islands, mountains , sea shelfs, etc.

5) Increasing the reliability and security of all-weather and year-round service of high-speed transport system in any natural climatic conditions.

6) The possibility of combining Sky Way structure and supports with overhead and cable power lines and communication lines – wire, fiberoptical, radio relay and cellular lines.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPATIBILITY

1) Low resource and energy consumption  at all stages of  high speed transport system  life circle (design, construction,  operation and dismantling).

2) The fright string  elevated structure does not encroach on the landscape,  biogeocenose and biodiversity  of the  surrounding area.

3) The road does not  destroy  the fertile  soil and the vegetation growing in it.

4) The suspended transport system does not prevent:

  • motion of ground and surface waters;
  • movement of people, domestic and wild animals;
  • the work of agricultural, construction  and  special equipment.

RELIABILITY AND SECURITY

1) Freight rolling stock is equipped with a “running-off” prevention system.

2) There is a tenfold increase on the bearing load of the string elements in the elevated structure.

3) Resistance to frost and ice, snow drifts, fog, dust and sand storms.

4) Operation reliability at any extreme air temperatures.

5) High resistance to vandalism and terrorist attacks.

6) Resistance to natural disasters:

  • earthquakes — with magnitude up to 10 points on the Richter scale;
  • floods, river overflows — with the water depth up to 10 meters and more;
  • hurricane wind — with the speed up to 250 km per hour or more;
  • tsunami — with the wave height up to 20 meters and more.

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