Technical Reports

The Aerodynamic Effects of High-Speed Trains on People and Property at Stations in the Northeast Corridor

  • 01
  • Nov
  • 1999
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration; Sam Liao, Paul Mosier, William Kennedy, David Andrus
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail, Safety Advisories, Safety Regulatory Analysis, Safety Performance Measures
KEYWORDS: Northeast corridor, Computational fluid dynamics, Acela, Acela trainset, aerodynamics, FLUENT
ABSTRACT: This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the aerodynamic (air velocity and pressure) effects of the new high-speed trains on the safety and comfort of people and the impacts on physical facilities in and around Northeast Corridor stations. This report focuses particularly on the effects at "non-express-stop" stations, i.e., stations where the trains are not scheduled to stop and will thus pass the stations at potentially higher speeds than current operations.