AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CRASHWORTHINESS OF EXISTING URBAN RAIL VEHICLES. VOLUME I: ANALYSES AND ASSESSMENTS OF VEHICLES, CHAPTERS 1 THROUGH 7

The crashworthiness of existing urban rail vehicles (passenger cars) and the feasibility of improvements in this area were investigated. Both rail-car structural configurations and impact absorption devices were studied. Recommendations for engineering standards for urban rail vehicles were developed. The report covers: (1) The development of analytical tools to predict passenger threat - environment during collision; (2) criteria for predicting passenger injury due to train collisions; (3) an application of injury criteria and analytic models to predict passenger injuries resulting from collisions of trains that represent existing construction types; (4) a preliminary investigation of applying impact absorption devices to transit vehicles; (5) a design study of car structural configurations for improved impact energy management; (6) a review of engineering standards for Urban Rail Car Crashworthiness.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper copy also available in set of 2 reports as PB-249 141-SET, PC$13.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  USA  14225

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Cassidy, R J
    • ROMEO, D J
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 199 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094136
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTAMA06-0025-7516V1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-681
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1981 12:00AM