Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Computer Science

First Advisor

Wu, Dan


coast down, collision test, crash speed, force release, release location, release speed



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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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In a real train collision test, a train locomotive needs to be propelled on a straight, guided path, to a particular speed, at which time the train locomotive is released to coast down towards a barrier where it is required to crash at a desired speed. The current control of the release speed and location is based on theoretical data and previous experience which leads to less accuracy in the actual crash speed. In this research work, the goal is to make improvements in a typical real train collision test that will help obtain a more accurate crash speed and release location by controlling the force release precisely. The contribution of this research work is to implement a solution to simulate the behavior of the propulsion system, and trigger an algorithm to calculate the required release speed and location more accurately and quickly.