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Mid-America Transportation Center

Reducing Flammability for Bakken Crude Oil for Train Transport


University of Iowa

Principal Investigator
Albert Ratner
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Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $77,900
UIowa Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering: $ 77,900
Total Project Cost
$ 155,800
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Brief Description of Research Project
A major problem associated with providing supplies after a disaster is that many roads become impassible or passable at a highly reduced speed. Much of the disaster relief literature looks at issues such as how to locate temporary supply points, allocate limited resources among these supply points, and make deliveries to those affected. There is a little research that specifically addresses the infrastructure damage resulting from the disaster in terms of how it impacts these delivery decisions. For example, with flooding, many roads may not be traversable, and it is usually unknown right after a disaster how many roads are flooded. We are interested in using information about the disaster type, here floods specifically, in combination with information about the logistics network to make predictions about what roads are traversable, are not traversable, or traversable at a reduced speed. We would take these predictions to recommend routing options for vehicles to make deliveries to affected zones. These routing options would be the fastest options to the destination that offer a guaranteed service level, or likelihood of being able to reach the destination.
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