Faculty Projects

RTP has received over $1 million through externally funded research projects to date. We partner with other university programs and departments, with outside agencies and sources like MDOT and USDOT, other universities, and with industry partnerships like CN and Union Pacific.

Projects

Principal Investigator: Dr. Pasi Lautala
Dr. Paul Sanders and PhD Student Karl Warsinski are working on the development of Austempered Ductile Iron as a potential railroad wheel material. As part of the project, Warsinski has been collaborating with a local railroad to collected data on wheel temperatures during the braking application.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
The objective of this research project is to understand how drivers respond to rail crossings on rural, low-traffic roads. In this study we presented a variety of rail crossings with different markings and safety features using a NADS Minsim driving simulator with a recently developed set of train crossing scenarios and train cars and engines.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) is a key trade link that connects domestic origins and destinations in Canada and United States with the export origins and destinations in Europe through the Port of Churchill.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
This project builds on current work to apply European and U.S. simulations software on shared use corridors.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
Dr Timothy Havens The main objective of this research project is to develop computer vision and machine learning methods for automatically detecting the defects of rail car wheels using thermal and visible spectrum (color) camera sensors.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
Dr. Paul Sanders and PhD Student Karl Warsinski are working on the development of Austempered Ductile Iron as a potential railroad wheel material. As part of the project, Warsinski has been collaborating with a local railroad to collected data on wheel temperatures during the braking application.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
Continues the Ongoing efforts will include evaluation of gate timing and a variety of safety devices.  Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon and Alex Hardy, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics are continuing the work started by Hardy and Dr. John Hill.
Sponsored by: NURail Center
The RTP team organize and staff a statewide rail transportation conference for Michigan DOT.http://www.rail.mtu.edu/event/2nd-annual-michigan-rail-conference
Sponsored by: MDOT, NURail Center
Use of a low cost sensor system to provide rail road property trespasser warning and possible prevention activities. 
Sponsored by: NURail Center
Expand work to include high speed train crossings and evaluation of new and existing grade crossing safety devices
Sponsored by: NURail Center

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