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What are the considerations for selecting forward vs aft-mounted unloading booms?

A study of self-unloading boom placement by NETSCo’s Richard A. Mueller and Richard T. Nicholls

Some of the factors that need to be considered include cargo hold volume; trim, shearing and bending moment; proximity to electrical power, compressed air, hydraulic fluid, etc; visibility from the pilot house; and, the arrangement of the unloading dock. There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing or modifying existing designs to self-unloaders. To read the entire article reprinted with permission from Harbor House publications click here.

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