A series of full-scale quasi-static and dynamic tests are planned on conventional equipment of various designs to establish the baseline level of performance to loading conditions established based on a review of historical accident consequences or active field investigations. Such testing is conducted to use as the basis for comparison of alternative designs to be developed to demonstrate the effectiveness of using the new design strategies. This information serves as input into development of costs and benefits for establishing a rationale basis for improving existing standards or developing standards.
Development of alternative means of implementing a large deformation quasi-static test on end frame designs.
Establishment of the baseline level of performance for multi-level passenger railcar.
Research effort to establish alternative loading test protocols for new passenger rail equipment not designed for use with conventional draft gear arrangements. The purpose of the squeeze tests is to assess the contributions to bending and compression on the carbody structure under the prescribed loading conditions specified in federal requirement for these non-conventional railcars.