SELECTED TOPICS IN RAILROAD TANK CAR SAFETY RESEARCH VOLUME II: TEST PLAN FOR ACCELERATED LIFE TESTING OF THERMALLY SHIELDED TANK CARS

A test plan for the accelerated life testing of thermally shielded tank cars is described. The test program would be conducted at the DOT Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Eighteen tank cars would be included in the program. Five cars would be equipped with a jacketed thermal shield, and 13 cars would be equipped with a spray-on chemical insulation coating. In addition, most cars would be equipped with head shield end-of-car protection systems. The goal of the tests is to simulate the effects of 10 years of normal service operations. This will involve subjecting the cars to a large number of coupling impacts as well as running the cars for a mileage representative of the 10 year period.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C. This is the second volume of a two-volume report. Volume I, Fatigue Evaluation of Prototype Tank Car Head Shield, has 82 pages.
  • Corporate Authors:

    IIT Research Institute

    10 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Johnson, M R
    • Viergutz, O J
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-78/32.II Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-FRA-78-12.II
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1043-2
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM