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Onboard Detection of Rail Friction Conditions

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Robert Gray, Jeff Watson

Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA

Paper No. RTDF2013-4721, pp. V001T01A013; 4 pages
  • ASME 2013 Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference
  • ASME 2013 Rail Transportation Division Fall Technical Conference
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA, October 15–17, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5611-6
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A sensor system is proposed that measures sound and vibration close to the interface, mounted to the locomotive while the train is in motion. Through the use of navigation technology, measurement ‘snapshots’ are tagged with time, location and speed information. The data is subsequently analyzed in both the time and frequency domains, coupled to the location where the measurement was taken on the track.

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