HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TANK CARS - TANK HEAD PROTECTIVE 'SHIELD' OR 'BUMPER' DESIGN

The objective of the study program is to design a railroad tank car head protective device which will reduce the frequency of head punctures in accidents. Accident data were reviewed in detail for the years 1965 through 1970 to correlate head damage frequency and severity with various types of tank cars, to determine distribution patterns of damage over tank car head surfaces, and to assess the costs to the railroad shipping industry of head punctures. Full scale head impact tests, previously run were also reviewed. From these two reviews, design criteria were established and used to reduce an initial compilation of 74 concepts to a group of 15, which when applied to various classes of cars, comprised a semi-final total of 42 combinations, or schemes, as referred to in this report. Designs for these 42 schemes were then detailed and cost estimated. Next, a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis was applied. Three schemes appear attractive for the non-insulated pressure cars of the DOT 112A or 114A type. A recommended test program is outlined, and a preliminary estimate of its cost is given. (Author)

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 187 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-00035
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1976 12:00AM