Aluminum_Applications_in_the_Rail_Industry

Recently freightcar america has been able to redesign

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Unformatted text preview: le in aluminum freight cars. Recently, FreightCar America has been able to redesign its Bethgon line of cars to further increase capacity through use of alloy 6061 extrusions. In other products, aluminum sheet side walls offer improved aerodynamics and lower wind resistance and eliminate the need for paint, thereby lowering operating costs. Another recent and popular product has been the automotive vehicle carrier. Here the car, enclosed with aluminum sheet, protects new vehicles in transit from the factory to the dealer. Extensive use of aluminum extrusions has enabled lightweight designs, with high carrying capacity for larger vans and SUVs, and especially large doors to facilitate rapid loading and unloading operations. In Johnson America’s August 3, 2004 press release on the delivery of their first production aluminum vehicle carrier (AVC™) as shown in Figure 2a, Jack Thomas, president, First Union Rail was quoted as saying, “We are pleased to be innovators in the vehicle transportation field by being the first to lea...
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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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