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.
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
Use of a low cost sensor system to provide rail road property trespasser warning and possible prevention activities.
Expand work to include high speed train crossings and evaluation of new and existing grade crossing safety devices
Development of content and structure for the rail portal developed under the High Speed Rail (HSR) Workforce Development through Education and Training project
Concept paper submitted use of drones and sensors to inspect track conditions in yards and at switches. We propose to develop a UAV-based ALS system that achieves the following objectives: Measurement of geo-registered 3D topographical survey data; autonomous detection of rail-transportation infrastructure, such as rail, track beds, cars, signals, etc.; Autonomous navigation a
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pasi Lautala
A rail link from Alaska to the rest of the North American rail system has been under consideration since the Alaska Railroad was started in 1914. Recently, a renewed interest in resource deposits in Alaska, Yukon, and British Columbia, as well as changing world markets, global trade dynamics and supply chains, has rekindled interest in that link.
A multidisciplinary team of students provided a client overview of train control systems using balise technology, and the potential market opportunities in that technology area. Ongoing work will look at use of radio frequency tags in the rail industry.
Sep, 2013 to May, 2014
A team of students from the REAC club will create a demonstration track section at a campus location. The students will handle all aspects of the project, from initial planning and site selection, through design, material acquisition, and construction. The plan anticipates donated materials from rail industry sources. The completed track section will be used as a learning tool in rail and transportation classes throughout the curriculum.