LOCOMOTIVE CRASHWORTHINESS RESEARCH. FINAL REPORT. VOLUME 3: REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF FREIGHT LOCOMOTIVE CRASHWORTHINESS CONCEPTS

The results of the study, summarized in this report, suggest that a cost-effective improvement in locomotive crashworthiness is feasible, at least for a few of the features. In particular, a performance specification that requires ductile collision posts with greater strength appears to yield the clearest practical benefit. A crash refuge that is relatively simple to enter and provides a direct means of "riding down" a collision also has merit. Finally, an improvement in the penetration resistance of glazing and the continued use of some other features related to openings in the cab appear to have utility, although confirmation through a review of accident statistics is warranted to show benefit.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Executive Summary (PB95-271722); Volume 1: Model Development and Validation (PB95-271730); Volume 2: Design Concept Generation and Evaluation (PB95-271748); and Volume 4: Additional Freight Locomotive Calculations (PB95-271763). Sponsored by the Arthur D. Little Foundation, Cambridge, MA, and the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Mayville, R A
    • Stringfellow, R G
    • Rancatore, R J
    • Hosmer, T P
  • Publication Date: 1995-7

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-FRA-95-4.3, DOT/FRA/ORD-95/08.3
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 4 1996 12:00AM