Technical Reports

Safety Testing of Intermodal Hazmat Configurations, Summary Report

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1988
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-88/04
KEYWORDS: Railroad Hazmat; Intermodal Railroad; Derailment Testing; Vibration Testing; Track testing; Yard Impact Testing
ABSTRACT: This report presents summary results of a research program sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The program was concerned with safety issues of flatcars and the transport of liquid hazardous materials (hazmat) in intermodal configurations. Primary attention of the program focused on vehicle dynamics and the effects of liquid lading slosh with the ' objective of providing the FRA a technical basis for recommendations on regulation for intermodal hazmat transport in the rail mode. Five series of tests were performed: vibration of several trailer on flatcar and container on flatcar (TOFC/COFC) configurations; lift and drop tests of a motor container (MC) cargo tank trailer; track tests of two TOFC configurations; yard impact tests of several TOFC/COFC configurations; and accident simulations of several TOFC/COFC configurations. Problem areas found are reviewed and recommendations for corrective action and for further investigations are made.

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