Technical Reports

Technical Report Passenger Vehicle Braking Study

  • 01
  • May
  • 1978
AUTHOR: J. Serocki, R. Scofield
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-78/33
SUBJECT: Braking Systems
KEYWORDS: Eddy-current, Adhesion/Kinetic Energy Dissipation, Wheel-Slide Protection, Hydrokinetic Brakes, Air Retarder
ABSTRACT: This report is a summary of currently available brake components and braking systems that might be applicable to 150-mph passenger service. The summary includes an analysis of the braking problem, a description of braking systems now in use and an evaluation of severa1 advanced braking systems. The report reviews whether or not eddy-current brakes should be developed for use on Amcoaches and/or Metroliners in high speed service in the Northeast Corridor. This report also considers what systems or components should be developed in the event that eddy-current brakes prove unusable.

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