Engineering for Performance Improving

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Engineering for Performance Improving

  1. 1. Engineering for Performance Improvement Kevin Taylor - Research Program Chair Colin Cole - Research Program Leader R3 –Engineering and Safety Program CRC for Rail Innovation Established and Supported under Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres Programme
  2. 2. Key Project Areas Level Crossing Research Condition Monitoring New Methods and Products
  3. 3. Why Railway Level Crossings Statistics
  4. 4. Railway Level Crossings R3 associated projects include: Evaluating Cost-effective Railway Cost- Level Crossing (RLX) Protection Systems Future Projects to include: Video Camera Trials Safety Database with RLX compartment
  5. 5. Affordable Railway Level Crossing (RLX) Protection Systems Active protection: AUD$200,000 - AUD$300,000 per RLX , p Upgrades = AUD$1.2 to AUD$1.8 billion billi Alternative low cost protection systems available worldwide Potentially P t ti ll 50 systems th t meet t that t requirements but need evaluation
  6. 6. Video Cameras Visual data available from train driver perspective p p Video cameras will be placed on trains th t transit hi h d t i that t it high density it RLX Images will be used to assess behaviours Leads to protective measures
  7. 7. National Rail Safety Database Demand for a national Rail Industry Safety database RLX incidents will be included Senior Industry working group formed to shape database future Two preferred options CRC working closely with Industry to determine requirements. i t
  8. 8. New Methods and Products Improved Insulated Rail Joints Rail Squat Management Best Practice Rail Grinding
  9. 9. Improved Insulated Joints Deliverables D li bl New G N Generation IRJ A ti Average life 50%, Variability 50% Railways in Australia Spend approx $35million per year associated with rail joint maintenance and inspection
  10. 10. Improved Insulated Joints Deliverables D li bl New G N Generation IRJ A ti Average life 50%, Variability 50% Railways in Australia Spend approx $35million per year associated with rail joint maintenance and inspection
  11. 11. Rail Squat Management Deliverables D li bl Rules for R l f avoiding conditions of idi diti f squat formation ,Models for predicting initiation and growth growth, Manuals, NDI methods, Management strategies Costs associated with Rail Squats Railways in Australia Spend are approx $5million per year with problems escalating
  12. 12. Rail Squat Management Deliverables D li bl
  13. 13. Best Practice Rail Grinding Deliverables D li bl Intelligent combining of i I t lli t bi i f inspection ti data, Automated grinding decision making, making Predicting the RCF crack depth and patterns Estimated savings of $25million per year may be possible from better management of rail grinding.
  14. 14. Best Practice Rail Grinding Deliverables D li bl Intelligent combining of i I t lli t bi i f inspection ti data, Automated grinding decision making, making Predicting the RCF crack depth and patterns Estimated savings of $25million per year may be possible from better management of rail grinding.
  15. 15. Condition Based Maintenance Deliverables D li bl Non-destructive assessment of ballast on- condition Making available technologies usable Short Rail Defects Defects measured and prioritised – value adding to existing measurement systems
  16. 16. Condition Based Maintenance Deliverables D li bl Non-destructive assessment of ballast on- condition Making available technologies usable Short Rail Defects Defects measured and prioritised – value adding to existing measurement systems
  17. 17. Future Projects More Emphasis o Energy a d oe p as s on e gy and Emissions Hybrid locomotive options, H brid locomoti e options Train Energy optimisation Continued Emphasis on Maintenance and Asset issues Concrete sleeper life, Condition monitoring, Life cycle costs
  18. 18. Future Projects j Continued Emphasis on safety Wayside worker safety RLX safety, RLX, Crashworthiness More Suburban Rail Projects o e Subu ba a ojects Passenger access design
  19. 19. End f P E d of Presentation t ti Questions and Discussion

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