Plastic Ties Safety Performance Evaluation

Plastic composite ties’ use has increased significantly in recent years. A variety of material compositions and designs are available. This project is to continue support of the existing Government/Academia/Industry Partnership, and specifically to: 1) support triennail National Workshops under the auspices of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Subcommittee on Engineered Composite Ties, for information sharing and research prioritization, 2) address safety concerns raised due to unknown failure modes and durability in service through testing at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) and publication of reports through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 3) document performance based on the testing and use by Class 1 railroads, and 4) update of the AREMA Engineering Manual’s section on plastic ties based on these results.

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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Fateh, Mahmood

  • Performing Organizations:

    United States Army Corps of Engineers

    501 8th Street
    Huntington, WV  United States  25701

    BNSF Railway

    2650 Lou Menk Drive
    Fort Worth, TX  United States  76131

    CSX Transportation

    500 Water Street J350
    Jacksonville, FL  United States  32202

    Chicago Transit Authority

    Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555
    Chicago, IL  United States  60654

    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    New Brunswick, NJ  United States  08901

    Transportation Technology Center, Incorporated

    55500 DOT Road
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001
  • Start Date: 20041001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091106

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573860
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2015 9:09AM