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American Public Transportation Association

 Crashworthiness: A Comprehensive Look at Crashworthy Rail Vehicle Design and Procurement

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
2:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (North America)

Session Overview

This two-hour technical webinar is designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in designing and specifying vehicles that meet crashworthiness requirements and to understand the physics behind crashworthiness simulation and testing.

In the Federal Transit Administration’s five year strategic plan, Goal 4 provides for improving safety and emergency preparedness of public transportation. This goal specifically calls for the identification of steps to improve transit safety and improve transit emergency preparedness. Industry crashworthiness standards from APTA and ASME are guiding the design of light, heavy and main-line rail vehicles.

This webinar will begin by looking at the evolution of crashworthiness design and the tools we have today to perform crash simulations and optimize designs for the best performance. Details of energy and momentum conservation are employed to provide the necessary mathematics from which to understand vehicle structural requirements in light of specifications and standards for crashworthiness. Practical experience gained from full-scale vehicle crash testing and vehicle specification development will provide a systems context of the crashworthiness design effort.

Attendees will take away practical knowledge of crashworthiness science and the standards in play that define vehicle design requirements.

Who Should Attend

This live video–and-audio stream webcast is targeted for engineering project managers, vehicle design engineers, vehicle procurement engineers, transit agencies, systems engineers, procurement managers, consultants, transit agencies, and government representatives.


  1. History (Steve Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.)
    1. Physics of Collisions
    2. History of Crashworthiness analysis
    3. CEM Design
  2. Technology (Steve Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.)
    1. Computer Simulation Methodologies
    2. Structural Design
    3. Component Innovation
    4. Protecting Automobile Passengers
  3. Interior Crashworthiness (Gerardo Olivares, Ph.D.)
    1. Occupant and Injury Analysis
    2. Seating Design
  4. Standards (Theresa Zemelman)
         a. Evolution of Vehicle Specifications: A Review of European Standards and  U.S. Waiver Requirements for Mainline Equipment
  5. Practical Experience - SCRRA (Ron Mayville, Ph.D.)
    1. Vehicle Procurements
    2. Testing and Verification
  6. Practical Experience with Light/Heavy Rail ASME Standards (John Swanson)

    Closing Remarks


APTA has put together an expert panel for this webinar. Panelists include:

  • Steve Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., principal engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • Ron Mayville, Ph.D., senior principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, MA
  • Theresa Zemelman, mechanical engineer, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA
  • Gerardo Olivares, Ph.D, technical director, crashworthiness, National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
  • John Swanson, moderator, senior engineering manager, Parsons Brinkerhoff, San Diego, CA

Fees & Registration

$ 195.00 APTA member
$ 295.00 Non-Member

Bonus: Your registration includes a link to the webinar that will be available for unlimited use for 6 months from broadcast date.

Cancellations must be received on or before June 23rd to receive a full refund. No refunds after June 23rd.

Registration fees for this event are per connection

PLEASE NOTE: Each Registration Fee Is for One Computer Log-On. You may have many individuals viewing the webcast from just one computer. You must order additional registrations for each additional computer you want to log into the webcast.

APTA encourages you to fill your conference room and invite your staff, colleagues and stakeholders to learn, engage, and share questions & answers with leading industry experts on this timely topic!

Technical Requirements

To participate in the web portion of this event, you must have the followin


For more information on this webcast, please contact:

Martin Schroeder
Chief Engineer, APTA

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