Advisor

Eksioglu, Sandra Duni

Committee Member

Eksioglu, Burak

Committee Member

Searcy, Erin

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20141

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