Technical Reports

Recommendations for Research and Development on Advanced Railroad Braking and Coupling Systems

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1981
AUTHOR: E. K. Bender, L. E. Wittig, H. A. Wright
SUBJECT: Braking Systems
KEYWORDS: Cost/Benefit Analysis, Freight Cars, R&D
ABSTRACT: This report presents a set of recommendations for a research and development program on advanced railroad braking and coupling systems. Programs are developed for the following four systems: 1) a brake condition monitor, 2) a hybrid electropneumatic brake operating valve, 3) a multi-purpose coupler system, and 4) a system that embodies the beneficial features of all three systems previously mentioned. Estimated R&D costs for these systems range from 2 to 7 million dollars and would require 5 years to perform. Considerations of institutional factors lead to the conclusion that there are vital roles for government and industry participants. It is recommended that the Federal Railroad Administration provide overall technical direction, a major portion of the funding, and a limited waiver of certain regulations to facilitate experimentation. The Association of American Railroads would play a review and advisory role, while a railroad and an equipment supplier would conduct appropriate testing. A systems contractor would coordinate the R&D, develop hardware, and acquire and analyze test data.
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