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The Development of a Rail Passenger Coach Car Crush Zone

[+] Author Affiliations
Ronald A. Mayville

R. A. Mayville & Associates, Inc., Newton, MA

Kent N. Johnson

Premiere Engineering, Atlanta, GA

Richard G. Stringfellow

TIAX LLC, Cambridge, MA

David C. Tyrell

Volpe Center, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. RTD2003-1653, pp. 55-61; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/RTD2003-1653
From:
  • IEEE/ASME 2003 Joint Rail Conference
  • Joint Rail
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, April 22–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3666-5
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME

abstract

This paper presents information on the design of a rail vehicle crush zone for better occupant protection. The overall design requirements and characteristics are described and the configuration for the various structural subsystems is presented. The paper also includes information on full-scale component tests carried out to support the development of the design, particularly for the primary energy absorbers. Comparisons between test and finite element analysis are presented and there is a discussion of how the test results have affected the design.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME

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