INCREASED RAIL TRANSIT VEHICLE CRASHWORTHINESS IN HEAD-ON COLLISIONS. VOLUME I. INITIAL IMPACT

A specific goal of safety is to reduce the number of injuries that may result from the collision of two trains. In Volume I, a two-dimensional analytic simulation model of the leading cars of two impacting transit car consists is formulated. This model is capable of simulating the mechanics of head-on initial impact of two transit cars on straight level track. Specifically, the model is capable of establishing the critical parameters which govern whether the cars crush, override, or crush with subsequent override. This simulation model is used to assess impact control devices currently in service, such as anticlimbers, couplers, and draft gear. The report also presents a detailed experimental test plan for evaluating the strength and effectiveness of future designs of impact control devices which has been developed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB80-205743.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IIT Research Institute

    10 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Tech Development & Deployment, 400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hahn, E E
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-80-17-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1052-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1981 12:00AM