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Development issues for impact safety of rail vehicles: Robustness of crashworthy designs, effect of structural crashworthiness on passenger safety and behaviour characterisation of vehicle materials

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In this paper the authors discuss three issues of structural crashworthinessof rail vehicles which are in correspondence with the questions enquired bythe reviewers for our two recent publications [1,2]. The three issues whichhave strong influences on the development of crashworthiness of railvehicles are as follows: (1) the robustness of a crashworthy design in thescenarios different from the design conditions; (2) the correlation ofstructural crashworthiness to passenger safety; and (3) behaviourcharacterization of vehicle materials in train collisions. Targeting thedevelopment requirements, an appropriate treatment of these three issuescould generate a promotion on crashworthiness applications and bring anincreased confidence in progressing crashworthiness of rail vehicles.

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Author(s): Xue X, Robinson M, Schmid F, Smith R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit

Year: 2018

Volume: 232

Issue: 2

Pages: 461-470

Print publication date: 01/02/2018

Online publication date: 03/11/2016

Acceptance date: 25/09/2016

Date deposited: 08/11/2016

ISSN (print): 0954-4097

ISSN (electronic): 0954-4097

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0954409716674982


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