An analytical study is described in which was investigated the loads produced during coupling of railcars carrying heavy shipping containers. The structural model of the impact event is represented by a lumped-parameter technique. Each discrete mass lump possesses longitudinal, vertical, and rotational degrees of freedom. The resulting computer simulation provides for nonlinear railcar coupler stiffness and linear damping forces in the coupler and container tiedowns. Results include response to parametric variations in container weight, impact speed, and tiedown stiffness. Container dynamic response and tiedown loads are found to depend heavily on these parameters. Also, railcar bending and subsequent vertical motion are shown to be important contributors to these responses. When experimentally substantiated, the model developed can serve as a useful tool in the design and evaluation of shipping container tiedown structures.

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    Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Department of Energy

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  • Authors:
    • Bartholomew, R J
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LA-7469-MS, CONF-780506-10
  • Contract Numbers: DOE-W-7405-ENG. 31
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM