Analysis of crush behaviours of a rail cab car and structural modifications for improved crashworthiness
Xue, X., Smith, R. and Schmid, F. (2005) Analysis of crush behaviours of a rail cab car and structural modifications for improved crashworthiness. International Journal of Crashworthiness, 10 (2). pp. 125-136. ISSN 1358-8265 (Print), 1754-2111 (Online) (doi:10.1533/ijcr.2005.0332)Full text not available from this repository.
In this paper, the authors present a crashworthiness assessment and suggestions for modification of a conventionally designed rail vehicle with a driving cab (cab car). The analytical approach, based on numerical analysis, consisted of two stages. Firstly, the crashworthiness of the cab car was assessed by simulating a collision between the cab car and a rigid wall. Then, after analysing structural weaknesses, the design of the cab car was modified and simulated again in the same scenario. It was found that downward bending is an intrinsic weakness in conventional rail vehicles and that jackknifing is a main form of failures in conventional rail vehicle components. The cab car, as modified by the authors, overcomes the original weaknesses and shows the desired progressive collapse behaviour in simulation. The conclusions have general relevance for other studies but more importantly, point to the need for a rethink of some aspects of rail vehicle design.
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