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Title: User's guide : automated railroad track inspection
Authors: US Army Center for Public Works
Facilities Engineering Applications Program (U.S.)
Weatherford, J. Todd
Keywords: Automated railroad track inspection
Defect report
Internal rail defect
Track geometry testing
Ultrasonic testing
Exception and testing reports
High-rail test vehicle
Handbooks and manuals
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-96-25.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: Automated railroad track inspection can be used to supplement a track inspector's walking inspection for a comprehensive railroad track evaluation. A track geometry vehicle can automatically measure track geometry parameters such as gauge, crosslevel, superelevation, alignment, profile, warp, and curvature. The measurements can be compared to maintenance standards and used to make a defect listing or exception report. An internal rail defect vehicle uses ultrasonic testing equipment to detect internal rail flaws such as transverse fissures and vertical or horizontal split heads. These internal rail flaws are typically not visible to the naked eye and can lead to a rail break and cause a train derailment. This report includes discussions of the description, application, benefits, limitations, costs and recommended uses for automated railroad track inspection. Model specifications for automated track geometry inspection and internal rail defect testing are also provided in the appendix of this report.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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