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2012 FRA Research Review Conference

The 2012 Research and Development review showcased FRA’s critical research activities underway or recently completed. The annual event is intended as an opportunity to inform the R&D program’s many stakeholders and to seek stakeholder feedback on research directions and priorities, results for implementation, and suggestions for future research.

A wide range of projects was presented over the two-day period, and broken into five sessions:

  • Track and Infrastructure Research
  • Human Factors
  • Train Control and Communications
  • Rolling Stock
  • High-Speed Rail Research & Development

Each session allowed for discussion and input from attendees. On both days, there were poster sessions exhibiting many of the projects presented in the sessions and program managers that were available for one-on-one discussion.

If you would like more information on the 2012 Federal Railroad Administration Research Review, please contact Lauren Trimble at (202) 493- 6160 or lauren.trimble.ctr@dot.gov

 

Agenda and Presentations

Complete Agenda

 

Day One: May 22nd, 2012

Registration begins promptly at 8:00 am

Opening Session- Keck 100

9:00 am - 9:35 am: FRA’s R&D Strategic Direction & Delivery – Dr. John Tunna, Director of the FRA’s Office of R&D

9:35 am - 10:00 am: AAR’s Strategic Research Review- Representative from TTCI

Track and Infrastructure Research Session- Keck 100

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Track and Infrastructure Research Overview- Gary Carr, Division Chief, FRA

10:30 am - 11:00 am: Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement System (ATGMS): T-21 & Amtrak- Cam Stuart, FRA

11:00 am - 11:30 am: BREAK

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Rail Neutral Temperature Measurement- Dr. Francesco Lanza di Scalea, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Rail Tomography- Dr. Francesco Lanza di Scalea, Avanti Tech

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Wheel/Rail Contact Simulation Rig- Ali Tajaddini, FRA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Concrete Ties, Fasteners and Critical Failure Modes- Dr. Dave Jeong, Volpe Vehicle Track Interaction Plans and Procedures for Modeling Workshop- Brian Marquis, Volpe

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Next Generation Foundation for Special Trackwork- Dave Davis, TTCI

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: BREAK/POSTER SESSION

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Rail Temperature Measurement- Leith Al-Nazer, FRA

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Rail Seat Abrasion- Hugh Thompson, FRA

Human Factors Session- Keck 201

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Human Factors Overview – Dr. Tom Raslear, Division Chief, FRA

10:30 am - 11:00 am: BREAK

11:00 am - 11:50 am: Safety Culture Panel Discussion

11:50 am - 12: 45 pm: Grade Crossing and Trespasser Suicides Panel Discussion

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: LUNCH

1:45 pm - 2:35 pm: Human Systems Integration and CTIL Panel Discussion- Mike Jones, FRA

2:35 pm - 3:30 pm: Fatigue Panel Discussion

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: BREAK/POSTER SESSION

Closing Session- Keck 100

4:30 pm – 4:40 pm: Wrap up of Day One’s Review- Dr. John Tunna, Director of FRA’s Office of R&D


Day Two: May 23rd, 2012

Registration begins promptly at 8:00 am

Opening Session – Keck 100

9:00 am - 9:35 am: FRA’s R&D Strategic Direction & Delivery – Dr. John Tunna, Director of the FRA’s Office of R&D

9:35 am - 10:00 am: AAR’s Strategic Research Review- Representative from TTCI

Rolling Stock Session – Keck 100

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Rolling Stock Division Overview - Kevin Kesler, Division Chief, FRA

10:30 am - 10:50 am: Long Range Acoustic Device- John Punwani, FRA & Jason Ross, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc.

10:50 am - 11:20 am: BREAK

11:20 am - 11:50 am: Engineering Task Force- Jeff Gordon, FRA & Mike Carolan, Volpe

11:50 am - 12:20 pm: Next Generation Equipment Committee- Jeff Gordon, FRA

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm: Next Generation Equipment Committee Accessibility Working Group Effort- Melissa Shurland, FRA

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm: Crashworthiness of Locomotives- John Punwani, FRA

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Tank Car Research & Development - Francisco Gonzalez, FRA

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm: Improved Locomotive Cab:

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm: Wayside Inspection Systems- Monique Stewart, FRA

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm: BREAK/POSTER SESSION

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm: Bio Diesel Emissions and Engine Wear– Melissa Shurland, FRA

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm: Wheel/Casting Research & Development- Monique Stewart, FRA

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm: Tank Car Non-Destructive Testing- Francisco Gonzalez, FRA

Train Control and Communications (TC&C) Session- Keck 101

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Train Control & Communications (TC&C) Research Division Overview - Sam Alibrahim, Division Chief, FRA

10:30 am - 11:00 am: Train Control & Communications- Jared Withers, FRA

11:00 am - 11:30 am: BREAK

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Grade Crossing Research & Development - Sam Alibrahim, FRA & Tarek Omar, FRA

High-Speed Rail Research & Development Session- Keck 101

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm: High-Speed Rail Research & Development BAA Overview & Highlights - Cam Stuart, FRA

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm: Translational Friction Welding/Signal Jumper Welding/Rail Base Corrosion- Dr. Jerry Gould, Edison Welding Institute (EWI)

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm: Dynamic Track Model under Mixed Traffic- Dr. Hai Huang, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona (PSU)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm: Shared Corridor Technical Challenges & Research Needs- Dr. Rapik Saat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (UIUC)

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm: Pre-Stressing Steel and Concrete Variables- Concrete Tie Transfer Length- Dr. Robert Peterman, Kansas State University (KSU)

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Improved Concrete Tie and Fastening Systems- Riley Edwards, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (UIUC)

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm: LIDAR Sensors for Non-Contact Track Speed and Geometry Measurement- Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Virginia Tech University

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm: BREAK/POSTER SESSION

Closing Session- Keck 100

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm: Closing Summary and Overview of R&D Review- Dr. John Tunna, Director of the FRA’s Office of R&D

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