A Method of Obtaining Detailed Freight Car Truck Loading Data

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C. P. Spencer, T. L. Pitchford

Test Engineering Department, American Steel Foundries, Granite City, Ill.

J. Eng. Ind 102(2), 151-158 (May 01, 1980) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3183847 History: Received August 06, 1979; Online July 30, 2009


A method of obtaining freight car truck loading data utilizing a strain gaged truck bolster as a load cell is described. Analysis necessary to derive both the magnitude and location of the line of action of the freight car body vertical load resultant is presented. Techniques for cycle counting applicable to fatigue studies are suggested. Sample data from actual service testing are presented.

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