Impact of automated inspection technology on unit train performance

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Abstract

Automated wayside inspection systems have been developed to monitor rolling stock condition and facilitate predictive maintenance strategies. Improving the effectiveness of railcar condition monitoring has the potential for significant cost savings as a result of reduced derailments and in-service failures. This paper presents an economic analysis of the costs associated with train accidents and mainline delay due to defective railcar components. We consider track and equipment damages as well as train delay costs. We use dispatch simulation software to determine the impact of in-service failures on mainline capacity at varying traffic levels. This analysis provides a basis for the comparison of current railcar inspection practices with new integrated practices incorporating automated inspection systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference 2010, JRC2010
Pages281-288
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 4 2010
EventASME 2010 Joint Rail Conference, JRC2010 - Urbana, IL, United States
Duration: Apr 27 2010Apr 29 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference 2010, JRC2010
Volume2

Other

OtherASME 2010 Joint Rail Conference, JRC2010
CountryUnited States
CityUrbana, IL
Period4/27/104/29/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation

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