COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF HEAD SHIELDS FOR 112A/114A SERIES TANK CARS
A cost/benefit analysis of head shields installed on new and existing 112A/114A series pressure tank cars was performed based on a redistribution of accident dollar losses. Head shields are designed to prevent puncture of a tank car head during an accident with resulting loss of lading and possibly extensive fire damage. The design of the head shields and data for the analysis were obtained from Railway Progress Institute (RPI) - Association of American Railroads (AAR) cooperative research program reports. The RPI/AAR considered accident data for the years 1965-1970 and assigned accident dollar losses during that period according to the tank element that failed. Supporting evidence is presented indicating that dollar losses are strongly related to puncture distribution for a more extensive set of data including all classes of tank cars.
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- Study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, D.C.
Calspan Corporation4455 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY United States 14225
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Adams, D E
- Bullerdiek, W A
- Pattern, J S
- Vassalo, F A
- Publication Date: 1974-3
- Media Type: Digital/other
- Pagination: 15 p.
- TRT Terms: Benefit cost analysis; Crashes; Fire prevention; Fires; Hazardous materials; Head; Liquefied gases; Liquefied petroleum gas; Protection; Railroad cars; Railroad transportation; Safety; Safety hats; Tank cars; Vehicle design
- Uncontrolled Terms: Head shields; Shielding
- Old TRIS Terms: Piercing; Protectors; Tank car design; Tank car heads
- Subject Areas: Design; Economics; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies;
- Accession Number: 00091314
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OR&D 75-34 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-20069
- Files: TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jun 26 1976 12:00AM