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Post-Collision Inspection and Data Analysis of a Passenger Rail Car

[+] Author Affiliations
Robert A. MacNeill, Steven W. Kirkpatrick

Applied Research Associates, Inc., Mountain View, CA

Paper No. RTD2002-1638, pp. 1-8; 8 pages
  • ASME/IEEE 2002 Joint Rail Conference
  • Joint Rail
  • Washington, DC, USA, April 23–25, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3593-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3592-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


There is an ongoing research program in the United States to investigate and improve rail equipment crashworthiness. As part of this effort, a series of full-scale rail vehicle crash tests are being performed to investigate the crash response of existing and future rail vehicle designs. The first full-scale test, an impact of a single passenger coach car into a fixed wall, was conducted at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado on November 16, 1999. The test vehicle used was a Pioneer passenger coach car. The test condition was a 35 mph impact into a fixed rigid concrete wall. Collision response data was collected in the test using accelerometers, strain gauges, string potentiometers, and high-speed photography. This paper describes the postmortem documentation and data analysis process. The objective is to develop an understanding of the vehicle collision response and to obtain a consistent correlation of the various sources to data. Specific documentation and data analysis techniques used for the study are described along with key results.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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