Technical Reports

Truck Design Optimization Project Phase II- Introductory Report

  • 01
  • Nov
  • 1978
AUTHOR: Klaus Cappel
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-78/53
SUBJECT: Freight Operations
KEYWORDS: Rail Transportation, Railroad Technology, Track-Train Dynamics, Freight Car Truck Design, Economics
ABSTRACT: The Truck Design Optimization Project (TDOP) Phase II is being conducted to establish the performance and cost-effectiveness of premium freight car trucks with reference to the standard three-piece truck. This report sets up a framework for quantitative characterization of truck performance and outlines a method for collecting economic data. Means of achieving these objectives by road-testing, mathematical modeling, and review of maintenance and operational data are described. An important goal of the project is to supply the railroad industry with a basis for perfocmance specifications for freight car trucks.
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