LRV Collision Safety Improvements

The objective is to develop a novel segmented bumper design with different energy absorbing characteristics for frontal and corner impacts. This retrofit design will also utilize an improved geometric profile making the front-end less aggressive to automobiles and pedestrians and reduce the light rail vehicle (LRV) derailment potential in these impacts. The intent of this research project is to develop an "active" bumper system that can be retrofitted into existing fleet of LRVs that will minimize injuries and fatalities resulting from impacts with automobiles and pedestrians, but still prevent derailment of the LRVs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Engineering of Rolling Stock and Equipment - Rail


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chen, Roy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Research Associates, Incorporated

    115 West Main Street, Suite 400
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Start Date: 20090730
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34850

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489150
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2013 1:00AM