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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 104
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 31

Experimental Study on the effect of Crosswind on a Container Train with Different Load Configurations

S. Giappino, S. Melzi, G. Tomasini and M. Villani

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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S. Giappino, S. Melzi, G. Tomasini, M. Villani, "Experimental Study on the effect of Crosswind on a Container Train with Different Load Configurations", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 31, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.104.31
Keywords: freight train, crosswind, container, aerodynamic coefficients.

Increasing the operating speed of freight trains constitutes an important factor to improve rail transportation competitiveness towards road transportation. As a drawback, higher speeds may pose safety issues associated also with crosswind effects. The design of a freight wagon is usually characterized by wide sections with a high drag coefficient, which likely increases the risk of derailment or rollover. Also train-set composition may play a role in affecting the running safety, especially when a series of empty vehicles is followed by a loaded one, which can be found to be completely exposed to wind action. The paper investigates the aerodynamic responses of a freight train, for intermodal transportation, to crosswind using a series of wind tunnel tests. A 1:20 model of a freight train composed by an engine and two flat-car vehicles was instrumented with force balances to measure the aerodynamic coefficient on each vehicle and each container. Aerodynamic coefficient as function of yaw angle between wind and train-set are eventually presented.

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