Onboard Railroad Wheel Monitoring System

The purpose of this project is to develop an economical onboard wheel monitoring system for railroad applications. Early detection can help to minimize accidents caused by derailment and reduce damage to track. Advances in low power miniaturized sensors, processors and wireless communication systems could allow onboard wheel monitoring systems to be feasible. The systems to be investigated in this project are expected to include a miniature device on the wheel axle assembly without any modification to existing equipment; a wireless communication system forming a "discriminatory" mesh network, limited to the railcars on the train of interest, which will communicate to a central monitoring station; and continuous monitoring of bearing temperature, vibration and acoustics, and wheel impact, allowing continuous data analysis.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $70000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    IDEA Project 14

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Safety Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA)

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Berlin, Harvey

  • Start Date: 20091027
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24022

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545253
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: IDEA Project 14
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2014 1:00AM