This research presents a rail transportation cost analysis of bulk agricultural commodities (such as grain and wood chips) with similar characteristics as pre-processed biomass. This study analyzes the cost factors that affect rail pricing for shipments of bulk-commodities (such as grain) from the Midwest to various regions in the US using regression analysis theories. The rail cost equations developed from the regression analysis were used to compare the trade-offs that exist between truck, rail and barge transportation of pre-processed biomass.
|Advisor:||Eksioglu, Sandra Duni|
|Commitee:||Eksioglu, Burak, Searcy, Erin|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Industrial and Systems Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Industrial engineering, Transportation planning|
|Keywords:||Barge transportation, Densified biomass, Preprocessed biomass, Rail transportation, Truck transportation|
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