Next Generation Freight Truck for Autorack Cars

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5715C10058
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT5715C10058
Amount: $149,706.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 151FR3
Solicitation Number: DTRT5715RSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-03-25
Small Business Information
5810 South Grant St., Hinsdale, IL, 60521
DUNS: 884551540
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Anand Vithani
 Sr. Project Manager
 (708) 588-9871 x206
 avithani@sharma-associates.com
Business Contact
 Vinaya Sharma
Title: President
Phone: (708) 588-9871 x201
Email: vsharma@sharma-associates.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Autorack cars transport one of the most valuable commodities – fully assembled Automobiles. Due to the longer and higher profile of an Autorack and the fact that heavy automobiles are loaded on to high deck levels, freight trucks with improved track-to-vehicle dynamics as well as higher speed capabilities are desired in anticipation of higher speed passenger service and shared corridors. Unique track-to-vehicle dynamics as well as space requirements create a unique challenge in designing improved freight truck designs for Autorack cars. The higher speed freight truck (HST) developed under FRA sponsorship holds promise for such application. SA will research current state-of-the-art truck designs and compare vehicle dynamics performance of the most prevelant design with those of the HST. SA will then develop a concept for the next generation freight truck for Autorack cars such that it meets desired dynamics as well as necessary clearance requirements..

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