U.C. San Diego receives rail technology grant

Posted on July 29, 2008

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awarded a grant totaling $231,802 to the University of California at San Diego to refine hardware and software for new technology that uses laser ultrasonic probes to detect certain internal rail defects.

The improvements will permit an on-track vehicle carrying the system to operate at speeds up to 40 mph, increasing the efficiency of track inspections as well as providing higher reliability of rail defect detection than is currently available.

FRA previously provided funding for development of a prototype system, which has been built and tested. Grant funds also will be used to conduct a more comprehensive technology demonstration at the FRA Transportation Technology Center test facility in Pueblo, Colo.

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