Alcoa Innovation developed a conceptual design of an aluminium mega-trailer with a payload capacity of 120 MT (4-5 times more than conventional trailers) for a greenfield project of Arianne Phosphate Inc., a Canadian exploration company. The mega-trailers would be used on remote and private roads to bring the phosphate from the mine to a port. Aluminium, due to its light weight, will allow to increase the payload for the same fuel consumption compared to conventional materials used.
Arianne Phosphate says that, once integrated, this concept will result in fewer trucks on the road, increasing safety and reducing the overall environmental impact, thus a better freight efficiency. As well, this design will bring about greater economies of scale, resulting in a reduction in the cost of transporting Arianne’s phosphate concentrate to port.
Alcoa Innovation is an R&D facility created by Alcoa Canada in 2008, in partnership with the Québec Center for Research and Development in Aluminum (CQRDA) and the Québec Industrial Research Center (CRIQ), which supports development and implementation of new applications for aluminium, amongst small and medium businesses. Another one, Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Technical Center, focuses on development of new alloys with advanced properties for automotive and other applications, like EZCast-NHT™, SupraCast™, and new technologies, like carbon-free aluminium smelting process #Elysis.