STUDY OF A VIBRATION TABLE FOR TESTING PACKING MATERIALS TO BE USED IN THE TRANSPORT OF GOODS IN RAILWAY WAGONS. BEHAVIOUR OF DESPATCHES OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN TRANSIT FROM ITALY AND FRANCE
This interim report of Specialists Committee B 61 gives an account of the investigations made to ascertain the vibrations and impacts to which fruit and vegetable consignments are exposed during their journey from the forwarding to the destination station. These investigations were conducted by Working Group B 61/2 (Goods) in accordance with the programme of work which was approved by the Control Committee during its 46th meeting, held at Minden (Westphalia) on 26th and 27th June 1963. The results of the investigations have shown that it is not possible to establish a definite relationship between damage to the packaging material of the consignments and oscillations of the wagons during the journey. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the influence of wagon oscillations on damage to the packaging material is insignificant when compared with the influence exerted by the method of loading the consignments and the impacts sustained during shunting. The results of oscillation measurements made by the Working Group B 61/1 (see B 61/RP 1) have confirmed this since only small accelerations were recorded. In order to corroborate this conclusion it would be necessary - either to carry out a very large number of test runs - or to build a large vibration-table, making it possible to simulate wagon movements during running as well as the actual methods of loading. In view of the very high costs which would be incurred in carrying out either of these solutions, and taking into account the relatively slight importance of wagon oscillations when consignments are properly loaded, the Committee recommends that the activities of the Committee should be concluded and the question B 61 should be closed. The Committee is, however, of the opinion that it would be worthwhile to define the conditions to be followed for various methods of loading. This new study should take account of the results of the experience contained in the present report and should be integrated into the question at present being studied by the Sub-Commission "Claims Prevention" of the 4th Commission of the UIC.
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International Union of RailwaysOffice of Research and Experiments
- Publication Date: 1964-10
- Features: Figures; Tables;
- Pagination: 9 p.
- TRT Terms: Freight traffic; Freight transportation; Loading and unloading; Loss and damage; Packaging; Packaging materials; Perishables; Tests; Vegetables
- Old TRIS Terms: Question b61
- Subject Areas: Freight Transportation; Materials; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00053033
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Union of Railways
- Report/Paper Numbers: B 61/RP 2/E Intrm Rpt.
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM