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Truck Design Optimization Project. Phase II: Introductory Report

Report Number: FRA/ORD-78/53
Author(s): Cappel, Klaus
Corporate Author: Wyle Laboratories
Corporate Report Number: TDOP TR-03
Date of Publication: 1978-11
Pages: 110
Contract: DOT-FR-742-4277
PB Number: PB288739

The Truck Design Optimization Project (TDOP) Phase II is being conducted to establish the performance and cost-effectiveness of premium freight car trucks with reference to the standard three-piece truck. This report sets up a framework for quantitative characterization of truck performance and outlines a method for collecting economic data. Means of achieving these objectives by road-testing, mathematical modeling, and review of maintenance and operational data are described. An important goal of the project is to supply the railroad industry with a basis for performance specifications for freight car trucks.

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