This paper presents the results of performance characteristics of modern truck designs. The dynamic response of the conventional three-piece freight car trucks is discussed in detail, including the analysis of and results from field test data, and the analytic models, their verification against test data, and the use of simulated data obtained through the use of the models. A comprehensive picture of the dynamic response characteristics of the three-piece freight car truck is presented by considering four distinct and inclusive performance regimes, namely lateral stability, trackability, curve negotiation and ride quality. This performance characterization of the conventional freight car truck will form the backdrop for the presently ongoing evaluation and assessment of the response characteristics of the premium state-of-the-art freight car trucks so that the effects of design innovations on truck performance and the consequent benefits to operating railroads can be objectively assessed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the Joint ASME/IEEE Railroad Conference, April 28-30, 1981.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • RamaChandran, P V
    • Elmadany, M M
    • Tsai, N T
  • Publication Date: 1981-1

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

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 81-RT-4 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1981 12:00AM