Technical Reports

Selected Topics in Railroad Tank Car Safety Research Volume II: Test Plan for Accelerated Life Testing of Thermally Shielded Tank Cars

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1978
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
KEYWORDS: Railroad Tank Car; Thermal Insulation; Accelerated Life Testing
ABSTRACT: A test plan for the accelerated life testing of thermally shielded tank cars is described. The test program would be conducted at the DOT Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Eighteen tank cars would be included in the program. Five cars would be equipped with a jacketed thermal shield, and 13 cars would be equipped with a spray-on chemical insulation coating. In addition, most cars would be equipped with head shield end-of-car protection systems. The goal of the tests is to simulate the effects of 10 years of normal service operations. This will involve subjecting the cars to a large number of coupling impacts as well as running the cars for a mileage representative of the 10 year period. This is the second volume of a two-volume report. Volume I, Fatigue Evaluation of Prototype Tank Car Head Shield/has 82 pages.
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