Technical Reports

Passenger Rail Two Car Impact Test Volume I: Overview and Selected Results

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 2002
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-01/22.I
KEYWORDS: Passenger Rail Two Car Impact Test Volume I; Overview and Selected Results; Transportation; safety; crashworthiness; occupant protection; rail vehicles
ABSTRACT: A full-scale, two-car impact test was conducted on April 4, 2000. Two coupled rail passenger cars impacted a fixed barrier at 26 mph. The cars were instrumented with strain gauges, accelerometers, and string potentiometers to measure the deformation of critical structural elements, the longitudinal, vertical, and lateral car body accelerations, and the displacements of the truck suspensions. Instrumented crash-test dummies were also tested in several seat configurations, with and without lap and shoulder belts.

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