Technical Reports

Rail Vehicle Crashworthiness Symposium

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1998
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-97/08
KEYWORDS: Collision risk; structural crashworthiness; interior crashworthiness; human injury criteria (HIC); passenger rail safety; secondary impact
ABSTRACT: This document contains the proceedings of the Rail Vehicle Crashworthiness Symposium held at the Volpe Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 24, 25, and 26, 1996. These proceedings have been developed from a transcript of the symposium and the material used by the presenters at the symposium. The symposium was conducted in three technical sessions over three days. The three sessions were: 1. Collision Risk: Strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of collision safety measures incorporated into a train system; description of the likely collision scenarios that can occur on train systems. 2. Structural Crashworthiness: The performance of the vehicle structure during a collision; its ability to preserve sufficient volume for the passengers to survive and its ability to control the decelerations experienced by the occupied volumes. 3. Interior Crashworthiness: The performance of the interior during a collision; the ability of the interior to limit the forces and decelerations imparted to the occupant. Presenters at the symposium included representatives from foreign government agencies, including Société Nationale des Chemin de Fer Français (French National Railways) and British Rail Research, as well as from several agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Research and Special Programs Administration’s Volpe Center. Representatives from foreign and domestic rail equipment suppliers, as well as domestic transportation operators, also gave presentations.
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