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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)
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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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2014 for the course CM 312 taught by Professor Mariowriedt during the Spring '10 term at Clarkson University .
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