Technical Reports

Brake System Design Optimization- Volume I: A Survey and Assessment

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1978
AUTHOR: A.T. Kearney, Inc.
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD- 78/20, I
SUBJECT: Braking Systems
KEYWORDS: Rail Freight Braking Systems, Rail Freight Equipment Technology
ABSTRACT: Existing freight car braking systems, components, and subsystems are characterized both physically and functionally, and life-cycle costs are examined. Potential improvements to existing systems previously proposed or available are identified and described in functional and economic terms. Innovative braking systems which offer a potential benefit are identified, described, and assessed for functional and economic characteristics. Potential improvements are divided into two categories: those which could be implemented in the short term (10 years) and those which could be implemented in the long term (20 years). Areas which need additional study are identified.

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