Technical Reports

Assessment of Radial Truck Safety Performance Data

  • 01
  • May
  • 1984
AUTHOR: Steven E. Shladover
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Freight Car Trucks, Rail Vehicle Testing, Safety Performance
ABSTRACT: The available test data collected on radial freight trucks has been reviewed and evaluated for possible future use in establishing the safety performance characteristics of these trucks. Documentation of tests conducted by the railroads, equipment suppliers, FRA and AAR is reviewed to determine what safety related issues involving radial trucks can be addressed using the test results. These are then compared with the full spectrum of data which would be needed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of radial truck safety. The gaps in the available data are identified and used as the basis for defining additional testing needs. Recommendations are presented for a new truck safety performance evaluation program, which would include extensive testing on radial trucks of diverse design. The basic outlines of that test program are suggested, including the selection of trucks for testing, the operating conditions to be included and the instrumentation required.