ANALYSIS OF THE APPLICATION OF THE NEW BITUMEN METHOD FOR RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION
Bitumen is a major component of asphalt. It, like other viscous petroleum products, is characterized by loss of fluidity during transport at low ambient temperatures. The paper proposes a new method for transporting road bitumen as a saturated cargo in the form of a pellet with a protective cover preventing moulding and forming a component of asphalt concrete. The process of transport of viscous petroleum products is discussed in detail. A system of mathematical models of the process of transport of viscous petroleum products was constructed, followed by simulation and functional-cost analysis.