Technical Reports

Improved Passenger Equipment Evaluation Program

  • 01
  • May
  • 1978
AUTHOR: Andre L. DeVilliers, Arthur L. Dow, R.B. Watson, L.T. Klauder, Richard Uher
SUBJECT: Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Rail Tracks, Rail Vehicle Suspension, Radial Tracks, Carbody Construction, Finite Element Analysis
ABSTRACT: The status of two foreign rail technologies is analyzed in this second of four semiannual reports. The two technologies are Trucks and Carbody Construction. Trucks are discussed from the viewpoint of their function in the rail vehicle suspension system. This function consists of vehicle guidance, vibration isolation, vehicle support, and traction and braking. Several current trucks are reviewed, followed by a discussion of radial-axle trucks. Car body construction is reviewed from 1965 forward. French technology, 1965 to 1975, is covered, followed by discussion of two modern trains, the TGV (France) and the ET403 (Germany). Advanced technologies are then discussed, principally construction with aluminum extrusions followed by a short discussion of composite materials.