A METHODOLOGY FOR ESTIMATING THE DERAILMENT PROBABILITY OF A FLEET OF RAILWAY VEHICLES

Procedures for stochastic dynamic analysis are developed by which the probability of dynamically induced derailment of a fleet of rail vehicles can be estimated as a function of track quality and train operating conditions. Despite the wide variety of underlying causes, virtually any derailment can be classified as occurring in one of only a few fundamental modes; for each mode, candidate performance indices are defined to relate derailment potential to the dynamic state. A procedure is established to select and quantify those indices which are most highly correlated with the identified derailment modes. In order to treat large numbers of different vehicles, generic car families are defined on the basis of dynamic similarity. Each family is then characterized by statistical distributions of the physical parameters associated with its member.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the Winter Annual Meeting, New York, New York, December 2-7, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • BRANTMAN, R
    • Griffin, J W
    • Jeffcoat, R L
  • Publication Date: 1979-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00303604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 79-WA/RT-6 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1980 12:00AM