After outlining the historical development leading to the steel construction in the production of railroad cars and cab driven units, a description is given of the principles of light-weight construction from the economical point of view. Starting from the state of the design loads, in particular with respect to the paramount importance of the buffer impact problem and the phenomenon of oscillations which are decisive for the comfort conditions in the construction of passenger vehicles, a description is given of the various types of construction of passenger and freight cars. The principal materials used in the construction of rail vehicles, i.e., steel and light metal are critically compared, first with respect to dominant stiffness requirements (e.g., as regards long-supported car bodies). Various supporting structures including those of bogies and from the special field of broad gauge mining vehicles are depicted as some characteristic examples of steel light construction. Problems of static and dynamic calculations of supporting structures are touched on briefly and a glance at the relevant testing procedures concludes this presentation on the use of steel light-weight construction in the production of rail vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ernst (Wilhelm) and Sohn

    Hohenzollerdamm 70
    1000 Berlin 31,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Haug, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-6


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 161-169
  • Serial:
    • Stahlbau
    • Volume: 47
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Ernst (Wilhelm) and Sohn

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM