Technical Reports

U.S.-U.S.S.R. Rail Inspection Information Exchange

  • 01
  • Jun
  • 1977
AUTHOR: F.L. Becker
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-77/35
SUBJECT: Track, Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Track, Flaw, Ultrasonics, Magnetic, Nondestructive Testing
ABSTRACT: This trip report describes the results and conclusions of the U.S. delegation resulting from the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Rail Inspection Information exchange tour of the Soviet Union, August 24 through September 1, 1975. This information exchange was conducted under protocol agreements developed in 1974 between the Ministry of Railroads of the U.S.S.R. and the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The objective of this information exchange was to achieve a technical description of Soviet rail inspection technology and practice and to learn of recent R&D efforts for nondestructive inspection (NDI) of rail. The pertinent areas included: contemporary rail NDI systems, planning and scheduling of rail inspection, inspection of track components other than rail, methods for measurement of rail stresses, and recent R&D efforts in rail NDI. This report is divided into five sections: itinerary, description of device~ and techniques, applicability of Soviet technology to U.S. rail NDI, effectiveness of the information exchange, and recommendations for future exchanges. The itinerary section of the report lists the facilities and personnel contacted, and relates the content of the technical discussions that took place. The equipment section of the report describes the devices and techniques that were discussed. A critical review of the applicability of Soviet technology to U.S. rail NDI and the effectiveness of the information exchange are contained in the following two sections of the report. The concluding section lists the recommendations for future exchanges based on the experiences of this delegation.

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