Rail Terminal - Coal


To meet the growing demand for energy, coal from this western US coal mine is loaded on rail cars at the astonishing rate of 70 tons in 10 seconds. A reliable discharge system needed to be designed that could deal with the difficult flow properties of coal.


After a detailed flowablility analysis, design of the unique withdrawal hopper and concrete silo was done with particular geometric properties and lined with materials to promote mass flow.


As a fast track project, detail design was done in four months to enable a 12 month overall construction schedule. Consultec provided detailed civil, structural design.