Centerbeam Railcar Conversion

During the fall of 2013, Senior Design Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics investigated a conversion application for disused centerbeam-type railcars. The design team evaluated means and methods of converting the cars for other purposes, such as flat cars. 

The team concluded that a removal of the centerbeam itself, and replacement structural elements underneath the car's frame would be the most effective in function and cost for renovating these currently disused railcars. 


Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Pasi Lautala
Project Schedule: 
December, 2013
Project Category: 
Rail Transportation Program
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