Technical Reports

Locomotive Crashworthiness Research: Executive Summary

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1995
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
KEYWORDS: Rail vehicle; Transportation; Safety; Locomotive crashworthiness; Collisions; Structural analysis; Dynamics analysis
ABSTRACT: Four reports on a study to evaluate whether various crashworthiness features, as defined in Public Law 102-365, can provide practical benefit to the occupants of freight locomotives are summarized. In particular, the benefit was assessed relative to the current industry standard, S-580. The work included: development and validation of computer models to simulate train collisions and the injury to cab occupants; generation of design concepts for the various features defined in the public law; and evaluation of the concepts in terms of cab crush, secondary impact, cost, and weight. Features that appear to provide benefit include stronger collision posts, crash refuges, and shatterproof windows.
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