26 Years of cooperative research on North American railroad tank car safety

D. J. Pasternak, C. P.L. Barkan

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Due to the need of reliable engineering and statistical data upon which to base decisions regarding tank car safety, a cooperative research program is formed to develop the necessary information. Coordinated research and testing is essential in improving railroad and tank car safety performance. Significant improvements in safety are achieved due to this research for the past 26 years. In the last five years, train accidents per million train-miles have been reduced by 21.8%, and there are only two hazard material (HAZMAT)-caused fatalities in the last ten years. The combined effectiveness of the safety features equate to an improvement of 88%. The effectiveness of skid protection reduced bottom outlet releases by 55%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1147
Number of pages9
JournalMechanical Working and Steel Processing Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 39th Mechanical Working and Steel Processing Conference - Indianapolis, IN, USA
Duration: Oct 19 1997Oct 22 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys


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