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Objective Evaluation of Risk Reduction from Tank Car Design and Operations Improvements – Extended Study
Keywords: Hazardous materials, probability of puncture, risk evaluation, tank car puncture resistance
Abstract: This report describes a novel and objective methodology for quantifying and characterizing how changes to tank car designs or the tank car operating environment lead to reductions...
Keywords: Ballast behavior, discrete element modeling, DEM, Discrete Element Method, triaxial test, fouling, dynamic train loading, ballast degradation and image analysis
Abstract: An innovative integrated computational-experimental laboratory testing framework has been developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to evaluate clean and fouled...
Force Environment Evaluation of Stub Sills on Tank Cars Using Autonomous Over-the-Road Testing of the Instrumented Tank Car
Keywords: Tank cars, stub sills, ENSCO, track geometry, measurement, load environment, operating conditions, instrumented tank cars, data collection, vertical coupler force, longitudinal coupler force
Abstract: Fractures have been observed on stub sill tank cars for many years. Undetected and unattended, these fractures can develop into a variety of tank car failures. While tank car...
Keywords: Risk Evaluation Framework and Selected Metrics for Tank Cars Carrying Hazardous Materials; Risk evaluation; tank car; toxic by inhalation; poisonous by inhalation; hazardous materials
Abstract: This report presents an analysis of train accident and hazmat release data to quantify the likelihood of a hazmat release. The harm caused by a hazmat release is characterized as...