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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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