Technical Reports

Application of Welded Steel Sandwich Panels for Tank Car Shell Impact Protection

  • 25
  • Apr
  • 2013
AUTHOR: Michael E. Carolan, David Y. Jeong, Benjamin Perlman, Yellapu V. Murty, Shannon Namboodri, Bob Kurtz, R.K. Elzey, Satima Anankitpaiboon, Lucy Tunna, and Robert Fries
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-13/19
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Tank car, impact, protective panel
ABSTRACT: This report describes research conducted to examine the application of sandwich structure technology to provide protection against the threat of an indenter striking the side or shell of a tank car in the event of an accident. This research was conducted in two phases over a 3-year period. Testing and analysis of flat, welded steel sandwich panels was conducted in the initial phase of the research. Based on the observations and results from that initial phase, a curved, welded steel sandwich panel was designed and built to protect the side or shell of a decommissioned liquid chlorine tank car during a full-scale impact test. Although the protective panel experienced severe damage, the commodity-carrying tank experienced only permanent deformation and did not puncture.

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