Technical Reports

Hazardous Materials Tank Cars- Evaluation of Tank Car Shell Construction Material

  • 01
  • Sep
  • 1970
AUTHOR: Hicho and Brady
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-75/46
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Hazardous Materials Tank Cars- Evaluation of Tank Car Shell Construction Material
ABSTRACT: A metallurgical analysis of a steel plate sample (the Bell sample) was requested by the Federal Railroad Administration. The steel sample was taken from a tank car (number 88300) which had been involved in an accident near Bell, West Virginia. An investigation was conducted at the National Bureau of Standards to characterize the steel from the failed tank car and to determine whether the steel meets the specification AAR TC 128-69. Another purpose of the investigation is to determine the nature of the fracture of the head plate of the failed car.

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