In this paper cross-wind effects on freight wagons are studied. A mathematical model of a freight train made up of a flat-car and one or two containers has been built defining the dynamical characteristics of the connection (twistlock-corner casting). Wind tunnel tests on a scaled model are then used to define the aerodynamic coefficients of the wagon, both in loaded and unloaded conditions, considering different trainset layouts. Wind forces are finally applied separately to the container and the flat-car in order to define the CWC of the wagon and to verify the maximum forces exchanged through the twistlock-corner casting connection. The results of the analysis showed that severe conditions with respect to the risk of rollover can be found as a result of a succession of empty and loaded wagons.

A study of the influence of aerodynamic loads on the forces exchanged in a twistlock corner casting connection of flat-wagons

DI GIALLEONARDO, EGIDIO;MELZI, STEFANO;RESTA, FERRUCCIO;TOMASINI, GISELLA MARITA
2016

Abstract

In this paper cross-wind effects on freight wagons are studied. A mathematical model of a freight train made up of a flat-car and one or two containers has been built defining the dynamical characteristics of the connection (twistlock-corner casting). Wind tunnel tests on a scaled model are then used to define the aerodynamic coefficients of the wagon, both in loaded and unloaded conditions, considering different trainset layouts. Wind forces are finally applied separately to the container and the flat-car in order to define the CWC of the wagon and to verify the maximum forces exchanged through the twistlock-corner casting connection. The results of the analysis showed that severe conditions with respect to the risk of rollover can be found as a result of a succession of empty and loaded wagons.
CIVIL-COMP PROCEEDINGS - vol. 110
Critical wind curves; Freight trains; Modelling; Rollover; Twistlock; Computational Theory and Mathematics; Civil and Structural Engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Environmental Engineering
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