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The design and prototyping of a lightweight crashworthy rail vehicle driver's cab

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joe Carruthers, Conor O'Neill, Dr Stephen Ingleton, Professor Mark RobinsonORCiD, Marzio Grasso, Professor John Roberts



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This paper describes the design, validation and prototyping of a lightweight crashworthy rail vehicle driver’s cab using advanced composite sandwich materials. By exploiting the lightweighting, energy absorption and design integration benefits of composites, an innovative modular cab structure was developed that provides significant savings in mass, cost and part count compared to conventional cab designs.

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Author(s): Carruthers J, O'Neill C, Ingleton S, Robinson M, Grasso M, Roberts J, Prockat J, Simmonds G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 9th World Congress on Railway Research

Year of Conference: 2011

Date deposited: 13/04/2015