Photogrammetry and LiDAR-Based Precast Concrete Railroad Crossties Abrasion Damage Detections

Recent derailment accident that happened in East Palestine, Ohio has drawn huge public attention to railroad system safety. While this accident is under investigation, one of the major contributions to many other derailment accidents is the precast concrete crossties abrasion damage. Concrete crossties can lose concrete sections on portions of the tie bottom and sides during service. Identifying the abrasion damage of precast concrete crossties is critical to extend the railroad service life and prevent the potential derailment. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop mitigation measures to reduce concrete railroad tie section loss at the ballast interface based on expected service life for a given track’s loading and environmental conditions. As a first step to achieve this goal, this project proposes to develop a photogrammetry and LiDAR scanning-based precast concrete crossties abrasion damage detection system. The recent development of photogrammetry and LiDAR technologies provides the possibility of measuring the crossties loss to millimeter level.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
      Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

      P.O. Box 94245, Capitol Station
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803

      Purdue University, Lyles School of Civil Engineering

      550 Stadium Mall Drive
      West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
    • Principal Investigators:

      Guan, Shanyue

      Sun, Chao

    • Start Date: 20240101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01903258
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation Center
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Dec 24 2023 8:30AM