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Keywords: Ballast behavior, discrete element modeling, DEM, Discrete Element Method, triaxial test, fouling, dynamic train loading, ballast degradation and image analysis
Abstract: An innovative integrated computational-experimental laboratory testing framework has been developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to evaluate clean and fouled...
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, international railroad, Beyond Visual Line of Sight, BVLOS, ground penetrating radar, UAS technology
Abstract: This report summarizes the current uses and issues associated with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in railroad applications, and provides the use cases employed by railroads. The...
Keywords: CTILWEB, Heads-Up Display, situation awareness, engineer, locomotive, hybrid Cognitive Task Analysis, information requirements, head/body tracking
Abstract: This research project designed a locomotive Heads-Up Display (HUD), a secondary display that helps the operator locate possible hazards in the surrounding environment while...
This research project designed a locomotive Heads-Up Display (HUD), a secondary display that helps the operator locate possible hazards in the surrounding environment while...
Reports to Congress
2014 FRA Report to Congress on Actions Taken to Implement Unmet Statutory Mandates and Address Open Recommendations by the NTSB and DOT's Inspector General Regarding Railroad Safety
Keywords: Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing for Maintenance-of-Way Employees, Development and Use of Rail Safety Technology, Safe Rail Transport of Certain Radioactive Materials
Abstract: The RSIA introduced numerous mandates regarding railroad safety. Some of these mandates require action to be taken after the completion of this report, and FRA has not included in...
Keywords: Close calls, continuous improvement, employee involvement, freight rail, human factors, passenger rail, risk reduction, safety culture