Some Geometric and Component Interaction Effects during the Axial Collapse of Glass/Polyester Tubes at Force Levels Compatible with Rail Vehicle Design

  • John F. Kelly

Abstract

Glass/polyester tubes can be triggered into stabilised axial collapse at force levels at least up to 2 MN whilst obtaining energy density levels up to some 58kJ/kg. The geometric arrangement of the tube influences the triggering force, energy density and debris flow during collapse although multi-tube arrangements, in equilateral triangular arrays, do not appear to affect performance. These devices can offer commercial and technical advantages in rail vehicle applications.

Keywords

Debris Flow Force Level Array Test Composite Tube Rail Vehicle 
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© Elsevier Science Publishers Ltd 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Kelly
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  1. 1.British Railways Board, Research DepartmentRailway Technical CentreDerbyUK

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