If you were designing a coal-powered train with modern technology, how would you go about it?
A couple of months ago I visited one of the world's largest museums for steam-powered locomotives, and was unexpectedly fascinated. Not being an engineer myself, I was astounded by just how complex the systems in the machines had to be in order to superheat the steam and turn it into motion without, say, exploding and killing everyone in a 100m blast radius.
I couldn't help but wonder, how would one approach a coal-powered vehicle with modern technology and materials? My assumption is you'ld probably build a small coal-fired power station on wheels, grinding the coal into dust for maximum bang, using it to turn a generator, and then using some of that to run a bunch of industrial-size electric motors. Still, I've no idea if that's feasible, if it's the most efficient way of doing it, or if there's some much more clever approach I haven't thought of.
How would you do it? I'd be fascinated to hear a more professional perspective on the challenge.
Submitted July 14, 2017 at 11:20AM by StezzerLolz
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