HMCRP Report 4: Emerging Technologies Applicable to Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security
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HMCRP Report 4:
Emerging Technologies Applicable to Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security
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TRB's Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (HMCRP) Report 4: Emerging Technologies Applicable to Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security explores near-term (less than 5 years) and longer-term (5â€"10 years) technologies that are candidates for enhancing the safety and security of hazardous materials transportation for use by shippers, carriers, emergency responders, or government regulatory and enforcement agencies.

The report examines emerging generic technologies that hold promise of being introduced during these near- and longer-term spans. It also highlights potential impediments (e.g., technical, economic, legal, and institutional) to, and opportunities for, their development, deployment, and maintenance.

The research focused on all modes used to transport hazardous materials (trucking, rail, marine, air, and pipeline) and resulted in the identification of nine highly promising emerging technologies.


  • Transportation — Aviation
  • Transportation — Highways
  • Transportation — Marine Transportation
  • Transportation — Motor Carriers
  • Transportation — Pipelines
  • Transportation — Environment
  • Transportation — Railroads
  • Transportation — Freight Transportation
  • Transportation — Safety and Human Factors
  • Transportation — Security and Emergencies
  • Transportation — Terminals and Facilities
  • Transportation — Vehicles and Equipment

Publication Info

133 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-ix
Summary 1-8
1.2 Problem Statement and Discussion 9-9
2.1 Research and Information Gathering 10-11
2.2 Assumptions and Observations 12-13
2.3 Details of Task 1: Conduct Survey and Document Potential Emerging Technologies 14-14
2.4 Details of Task 2: Develop Criteria for Selection of Most Promising Technologies 15-26
2.5 Details of Task 3: Select Most Promising Technologies That Address Important Technology Need Areas 27-28
2.6 Details of Task 4: Develop Detailed Work Plan for More In-Depth Exploration in Phase 2 29-32
2.8 Details of Task 6: Execute Task 4 Work Plan and Develop Recommendations for Advancing the Most Promising Technologies 33-33
2.9 Details of Task 7: Prepare Final Report Documenting Entire Research Effort 34-34
3.1 High-Level Commentary on a 15-Year Timeline 35-35
3.2 Caveats on the Technology Developer Research Interview Process, Findings, and Analysis 36-36
3.3 Individual Technology Characterization 37-47
3.4 Technology Evaluation Results 48-54
4.1 Conclusions 55-57
4.2 Recommendations 58-60
Appendix A - Acronyms 61-64
Appendix B - Initial Research Interview Summary and Guideline 65-67
Appendix C - Summary of Key Results from Initial Research Interviews 68-80
Appendix D - Modal Screening Process 81-115
Appendix E - Synopses of Peer Reviews 116-118
Appendix F - Developer Interview Research Template 119-121
Appendix G - References 122-123
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 124-124

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