Project Description

Test between a TC Ceramic coated rail tank car and a conventional insulated rail tank car

TC CERAMIC INSULATION has been used on it insulated tanker rail cars, replacing conventional insulation.

1.Conventional insulated tanker rail cars vs. TC CERAMIC INSULATION insulated tanker rail cars.

i.Conventional tanker cars are insulated with 4 inches/10.16cm of fiber glass insulation (Estimate original insulation R-Value of R13, with an exterior steel jacket vs. a TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker car which uses 120 mils/3.0mm of TC CERAMIC INSULATION and not exterior jacket.

ii.Conventional tanker car weighs 8800 pounds/4000kg more than a TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker car.

iii.Conventional tanker car has problems of corrosion under the insulation vs. a TC CERAMIC INSULATION car which does not have problems of corrosion under the insulation. TC CERAMIC HAS NOT CUI.

iv.Conventional tanker car has an internal smaller tank surrounded with an exterior larger barrel which causes a loss of capacity vs. a TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker car uses the standard large barrel with no loss in volume/carrying capacity.

2.In comparative testing in both hot weather (summer) and cold weather (winter) regarding the reheating of products transported in the tanker cars for both the conventional tanker and the TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker, the TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker car reheated in similar times and within acceptable standards of the conventional cars.

3.In a winter test, two TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker cars were reheated from a start temperature of 30F/-1C to a pump temperature of 80F/27C to 90F/32C within eight to nine hours. The closest comparable reheat of a conventional tanker was one that started at 47F/9C and took 5.5 hours to reach the pump temperature of 80F/27C to 90F/32C. In both cases, the reheated time took approximately 10 minutes per degree increase up to 80F/27C degrees with the TC CERAMIC INSULATION tanker cars being slightly faster at 9.6 minutes per degree increase up to 80F/27C.