Analysis of train driver protection in rail collisions

The goal of the PROCAB research program is the reduction of the number of fatalities and serious injuries suffered by train drivers in railway accidents through improved design of cabin structures. In this paper, the authors perform a biomechanical study of the train driver in a current driving cab design configuration, with the goal of optimizing the cab interior for driver protection in a frontal rail collision. They conducted virtual and physical tests to determine train driver dynamics and related injuries due to secondary impact with the cabin’s furniture. After results showed that sudden deceleration of the cab car caused the driver to launch towards the desk, an improved desk was developed. This improved desk resulted in fewer thoracic injuries.

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  • Accession Number: 01493400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2013 3:03PM