Railroad Track Performance Monitoring by Advanced Sensor Network & Big Data

The objective this research is to develop a program of hardware and software to: (1) quantify, in the field, the ballast condition and failure criteria; and (2) offer a platform for the future “real-time ballast stability evaluation and monitoring program.” Efforts will be spent on the following specific areas: (1) Development of advanced SmartRocks with (a) an onboard programmable ballast condition assessment criteria; and (b) power management program to significantly extend the monitoring period; (2) Field instrumentation of the advanced sensor networks at different locations under different traffic and maintenance conditions; and (3) A Big Data algorithm to analyze the SmartRock data and further improve the accuracy of ballast condition assessment criteria mentioned in area 1.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $Federal $176,516 Match $180,378
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

      Pennsylvania State University
      University Park, PA  United States  16802
    • Project Managers:

      Donnell, Eric

      Rajabipour, Farshad

    • Performing Organizations:

      Pennsylvania State University, University Park

      Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
      Research Office Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710

      University of Delaware, Newark

      Department of Civil Engineering
      301 DuPont Hall
      Newark, DE  United States  19716
    • Start Date: 20190301
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210930
    • Actual Completion Date: 20220228
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01698495
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847103
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Mar 4 2019 4:38PM