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Developments have continued apace driven by aluminums

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Unformatted text preview: s available. Developments have continued apace, driven by aluminum’s light weight, corrosion resistance, and overall durability. This paper provides an update to this interesting and dynamic market, explores some recent advances in the technology, and discusses the potential impact of newer aluminum alloys and fabrication technologies, such as Friction Stir Welding (FSW). A Proven Material in Rail: Experience with aluminum over the past several decades has resulted in numerous applications for the metal not only in freight cars, but also in light rail and inner city commuter trains, metros, and underground trains as well as in the express, intercity passenger trains. There is also considerable use of aluminum in the advanced high speed trains such as the Acela, the TGV, Transrapid, Shinkansen, and Pendolinotype trains, and the futuristic magnetic levitation (Maglev) trains. Aluminum Applications and Advantages Freight Applications: One of the most significant applications of aluminum in rail has been in the development of freight cars for the transportation of a range of commodity materials...
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