Symposium on Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis and Seminar on Rail Dynamics

Oct. 15, 2018

SYMPOSIUM

Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis

October 16-17, 2018

Professional Development Seminar

Introduction to Rail Dynamics

 

October 15, 2018
 

Registration Deadline: September 15, 2018

University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

 

Sponsored by:

USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center on Railroad Durability and Sustainability

 

 

This symposium will feature experts that will discuss the practice and the state of art in railroad infrastructure diagnosis and prognosis. These professionals will present the new technologies and methods in monitoring and maintaining railroad infrastructure that includes both the track and rolling stocks. The research results from the University Transportation Center on Railroad will be presented in oral and poster sessions. All the modes of rail transportation will be discussed: passenger and freight rail including high speed rail. Significant time will be dedicated to an open discussion with the panel of the experts and the participating professionals in which the issues with the current and proposed technologies and methods will be identified. The full schedule of the conference is shown below.

FREE Professional Development Seminar

Introduction to Rail Dynamics

Mehdi Ahmadian, PhD

Dan Pletta Professor and Director

Railway Technologies Laboratory at Virginia Tech

The primary objective of this seminar is to present an introduction to the engineering fundamentals of rail dynamics. The course will start with a review of the basics of dynamic systems and some aspects of rail dynamics, starting from the wheel-rail contact dynamics and extending into railcar dynamics. Some emphasis will be placed on vehicle dynamics, such as the 3-piece trucks used by the U.S. freight railroads and steerable trucks.

Railroad Infrastructure Diagnosis and Prognosis

October 16, 2018

 

7:30 am

BREAKFAST

 

8:00 am

Infrastructure investment in the U.S.

Keynote speaker: Congresswoman Dina Titus (invited)

8:20 am

Railroad research in FRA

Keynote speaker: Maryam Allahyar, Director, FRA Office of Research (confirmed)

8:40 am

Practice of infrastructure diagnosis and prognosis in American railroads

Keynote speaker: Melody A. Sheahan AAR (confirmed)

 

 

 

 

RAILROAD MONITORING

 

9:00 am

Railroad track monitoring

Keynote speaker: Mehdi Ahmadian, Virginia Tech (confirmed)

9:30 am

BREAK

 

9:40 am

 

Identifying curve points using machine learning and optimization techniques

Milad Hosseinipour, Amtrak (confirmed)

10:00 am

A derailment investigation leads to broken spikes

Brad Kerchof, Norfolk Southern Railroad (confirmed)

10:20 am

Mechanical monitoring technologies developed in Amsted (tentative)

Speaker from Amsted (invited)

10:40 am

Top of rail (ToR) lubricity assessment using laser optic reflective sensors

Abdullah Mohammed Hasan, Virginia Tech (confirmed)

11:00 am

BREAK

 

11:20 am

Panel discussion

 

12:00 pm

LUNCH

 

 

RAIL MAINTENANCE

 

1:00 pm

Rail track maintenance

Keynote speaker: Allan Zarembski, University of Delaware (confirmed)

1:30 pm

Big data in rail wear

 

Joseph William Palese, University of Delaware (confirmed)

1:50 pm

Upgrading existing lines for higher speed (has big data implications)

David Staplin, former Amtrak Deputy Chief Engineer (confirmed)

2:10 pm

Big data in track geometry degradation and forecasting

Nii Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware (confirmed)

2:30 pm

Data visualization, actionable insights key to Big Data applications (tentative)

Michael Craft, Amtrak (confirmed)

2:50 pm

BREAK

 

3:10 pm

Panel discussion

 

3:50 pm

ADJOURN

 

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm reception

 

October 17, 2018

 

7:30 am

BREAKFAST

 

HIGH SPEED RAIL MONITOR AND MAINTENANCE

8:00 am

Monitor and Maintenance in California High Speed Rail

 

Keynote speaker:

Frank Vacca, California High Speed Rail Authority (confirmed)

8:40 am

High speed track maintenance in Amtrak

David Staplin, former Amtrak Deputy Chief Engineer (confirmed)

9:00 am

Tilt Train operation and maintenance (1)

Nicolas Flix, Alstom (confirmed)

9:20 am

Tilt Train operation and maintenance (2)

Nicolas Flix, Alstom (confirmed)

9:40 am

High speed rail communication maintenance (tentative)

Speaker from Bombardier (confirmed)

10:00 am

BREAK

 

10:20 am

Panel discussion

 

11:00 am

ADJOURN

 

 

Hotel: There are many hotels located along Las Vegas Boulevard between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue, which are located two miles west of the UNLV campus.

 

Symposium Location:  University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Main Campus, Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

NO REGISTRATION FEE. Registration Form

 

Name

 

Nickname for Badge (Optional)

 

Title

Company

 

Address

 

City

 

State/Province

 

Zip/Postal code

 

Phone

 

Fax

 

Email

 

Do you have any disabilities requiring special assistance or equipment? □ Yes □ No

 

If yes, Please describe _________________________________________________________

 

 

Professional Development Hours: By attending this symposium you are entitled to earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 12 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

 

To RSVP please complete attached form and send  to:

Boniphace Kutela, Program Coordinator

Railroad University Transportation Center

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 454015

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015

Phone: 702-858-0013

Fax: 702-895-3936

Email: kutela@unlv.nevada.edu

 

Sponsorship Options:

 

The sponsorship options for the symposium are:

 

Symposium Sponsor: The Company logo will appear on display boards throughout the duration of the symposium and on the symposium Sponsor page of the program.

 

Breakfast Sponsor: The Company logo will appear on the breakfast service table and the company will be thanked during the lunch. The company will also be considered a symposium sponsor. (Cost $250.00)

 

Lunch Sponsor: The Company logo will appear on the lunch service table and the company will be thanked during the lunch. The company will also be considered a symposium sponsor. (Cost $500.00)

 

Reception Sponsor: The Company logo will appear on each table and the company will be thanked during the reception. The company will also be considered a symposium sponsor. (Cost $1,000.00)

 

 

Professional Development Seminar

Seminar on Introduction to Rail Dynamics

 

October 15, 2018

 

This seminar will help railroad engineers to gain a fundamental understanding of railroad system. This seminar is also valuable for university students and faculty. Learn how to perform better at your current position and open new career opportunities. Connect with experienced professionals on practical and academic matters.

Agenda

 

 

7:30 am

BREAKFAST

8:00 am

Dynamics Terminology

• Definitions • Mathematical Basics

9:00 am

Wheel-Rail Dynamics

• Rolling Body Dynamics • Creep • Wheel-rail Rolling Contact Theories and Models • Traction Dynamics

10:00 am

Track Dynamics

• Track Grometry Parameters • FRA Track Standards • Track Geometry • Track Geometry Variations

11:30 am

LUNCH

1:00 pm

Suspension Dynamics

• What Are Suspensions? • What Do They Do? • Primary Suspensions • Secondary Suspensions • Design Issues for Suspensions • Primary Damper Tuning Effects

2:00 pm

Train Dynamics - Tangent Track

• Traction • Lateral Stability • Hunting Analysis • Wheel-rail Wear

3:00 pm

Train Dynamics - Curved Track

• Dynamics of Curving • Straight Trucks vs. Steerable Trucks • L/V Force Analysis • Wheel-Rail Wear

4:00 pm

Ride Analysis

• Introduction • Ride Dynamics • Ride Measurement Techniques • Ride Modeling

4:30 pm

ADJOURN


 

Hotel: There are many hotels located along Las Vegas Boulevard between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Avenue, which are located two miles west of the UNLV campus.

 

Seminar Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Main Campus, Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

Instructor: Mehdi Ahmadian, Ph.D., Professor, Virginia Tech

 

Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian is a Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RLT). Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 130 archival journal publications and more than 250 conference publications, including a number of keynote lectures. He has served as Editor or Editor-in-Chief for four journals on Vehicle System Dynamics, Vibration and Control, Shock and Vibration and Automobile Engineering. Dr. Ahmadian is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has received many distinguished scholar awards.

 

NO REGISTRATION FEE. Registration Form

 

Name

 

Nickname for Badge (Optional)

 

Title

Company

 

Address

 

City

 

State/Province

 

Zip/Postal code

 

Phone

 

Fax

 

Email

 

Do you have any disabilities requiring special assistance or equipment? □ Yes □ No

 

If yes, Please describe _________________________________________________________

 

 

Professional Development Hours: By attending this seminar you are entitled to earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Please complete and send this form to:

 

Boniphase Kutela, Program Coordinator

Railroad University Transportation Center

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 454015

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015

Phone: 702-858-0013

Fax: 702-895-3936

Email: kutela@unlv.nevada.edu