Weathering the Storm with Climatic Testing

Helping to prepare new trains for even the most extreme operating conditions can be done through climatic wind tunnel testing. Conditions include extreme temperatures and humidity, rain, wind, snow, and ice. Such testing can give valuable information on rail vehicle and critical component performance to manufacturers prior to service operation, and save time and money through immediate verification of any improvements made. Standardized testing procedures for identification of typical problems during service have been developed by Austria's Rail Tec Arsenal. The author, who examines testing of such components as windscreens, doors, and steps, concludes that a high degree of comparability is ensured, providing a sound basis for future functional test standardization at a European level on rail vehicles.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 43-45
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  • Accession Number: 01099804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2008 3:26PM