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Development of Prototype Commuter Rail Passenger Seats for Use in CEM Passenger Rail Cars

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Crashworthiness - Passenger Equipment
Crashworthiness, occupant protection, full-scale train-to-train test, crash energy management, crush zones, rail cars, occupant survivability, collision, injury, impacts

In support of the Federal Railroad Administration’s Equipment Safety Research Program, the Volpe Center has been conducting research to improve occupant protection during accidents for rail car passengers. This report describes a project conducted to develop and test a prototype design for a more crashworthy three-person seat that reduces passenger injury levels and compartmentalizes the occupants in a full-scale train-to-train impact test of equipment using crash energy management (CEM). The seat designed in this project will help to protect occupants whether they are seated in forward- facing or rear-facing seats.

Last updated: Monday, March 8, 2021