The paper describes the development of a detailed finite element model that is capable of predicting the response of a rail passenger car to collision conditions. This model was developed to predict the car crush, the three-dimensional gross motions of the car, and the vertical, lateral, and longitudinal accelerations experienced by the car during collisions. The finite element model developed was for a Pioneer passenger coach car. This vehicle was used in a single car impact test. The model was then used to simulate the test and the results are compared to the test data.
Development of a Computer Model for Prediction of Collision Response of a Railroad Passenger Car
Kirkpatrick, SW, & MacNeill, RA. "Development of a Computer Model for Prediction of Collision Response of a Railroad Passenger Car." Proceedings of the ASME/IEEE 2002 Joint Rail Conference. Joint Rail. Washington, DC, USA. April 23–25, 2002. pp. 9-16. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/RTD2002-1639
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