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Vibration and shock analysis of specific events during truck and train transport of food products

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In international test standards and literature averaged vibration spectra of truck and train transports are reported. However, cargo is exposed to extreme levels of vibrations and shocks for which the averaged vibration data are not representative. The objective of this study is to report evidence of the extreme vibrations and shocks during truck and train transport, and help food scientists design relevant vibration and shock simulation experiments. Results indicate that trains and trucks experience transient phenomena when traveling over train switches, accelerating and stopping the train, respectively road unevenness (e.g. potholes). The damping ratio (β) of shocks measured on the railcar is on average 0.05 ± 0.02, while on the truck 0.08 ± 0.02. Furthermore, the measured spectra of this study diverge from the spectra of international standards. A time-domain analysis indicates that traveling over cobblestones, and concrete pavement generates the most severe vibrations and shocks (dependency on truck velocity).
Tijdschrift: Food Packaging and Shelf Life
ISSN: 2214-2894
Volume: 15
Pagina's: 95 - 104
Jaar van publicatie:2018