Testing and Validation of Special Trackwork for Automated Cracked Wheel Detector

In 2013, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) performed testing on the gage widened special trackwork segment designed for the ultrasonic automated cracked wheel detector system; and continues to perform well in 2020. The trackwork is assessed for the risk of wheel drop and back of flange climb derailments. No undue derailment risk was discovered. TTCI determined lateral and vertical stiffness of the trackwork and measured dynamic loads with an instrumented wheelset to assure that there was no unreasonable loading at the gage transitions. TTCI also performed a tolerance analysis to verify acceptability of the special trackwork for all the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR's) freight car wheels.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated

    55500 DOT Road
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Railroad Policy and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Witte, Matthew
  • Publication Date: 2020-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report; Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01751811
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/FRA/ORD-20/35
  • Contract Numbers: DTFR53-C-00012 Task Order 328
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 2020 11:03AM