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Perkins Creates 400-Foot Truck for Transporting Nuclear Generators

By DE Editors

Highway transport company Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting recently used Autodesk Simulation software to design a custom, 400-foot-long truck specifically designed to transport nuclear generators. Longer than a football field, the transporter trailer has 192 wheels and 48 axles, each of which can be turned independently, enabling the truck to effectively navigate sharp turns and different road grades, even with its considerable length.

Perkins used the Autodesk Digital Prototyping software, along with AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Simulation to create the truck. Autodesk partner MasterGraphics provided training and support.

The truck, which took nearly three years to design, provides a safe and efficient way to transport enormous, often radioactive components that were once considered immovable. The transporter successfully carried four immense steam generators from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California to a disposal site in Clive, Utah.

For more information, visit Autodesk.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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