Kasgro-BNSF Flat Car ProjectClient Name: Kasgro-BNSF
Project Location: Southlake, TX and New Castle, PA
Completion Date: 12/31/2008
TTS was contracted to design a 60’-0” flat car to be used for a rail train that hauls 1600’ 140 lbs rail. All AAR rules and structural load cases had to be met, and the design of the flat car also had to meet the customer’s specifications. The specs included the application of three different fixtures for shipping 1600’ rails on the cars. TTS also needed to incorporate and update the rail detection system that was used on the tunnel cars at both ends of the train. The car body and trucks were designed for a gross rail load of 286,000 lbs and a minimum AAR M-1001, and to meet all required load cases. A plate element finite element analysis was created using Algor software to evaluate the car body under the combined lateral, longitudinal and vertical cases. The project was completed successfully, and the train is still in operation today.