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Undergraduate Physics Seminar: "The Effect of Fixed Structures on Longitudinal Rail Stress", Matthew Friar

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
Loomis 464
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Feb 15, 2024   5:00 pm   6:00 PM
Speaker
Matthew Friar
Contact
Tushar Mohan
E-Mail
tusharm4@illinois.edu
Phone
848-702-1630
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Undergraduate Student Events

One of the most prevalent issues in railroad safety, past and present, is train derailments. This makes preventing train derailments one of the most important factors of railroad engineering, to improve both safety and efficiency. The RailTEC research group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studies railroad track infrastructure in order to detect and predict catastrophic railroad infrastructure defects. In this seminar I will present information on railroad engineering fundamentals, real-world site data from the previous 12 months, and work which I have been involved with as an undergraduate research assistant with RailTEC. In particular, the interactions between fixed structures and steel rails will be discussed, as well as the importance of rail neutral temperature (RNT). Furthermore, I hope to demonstrate the significant overlap between physics and civil engineering through topics such as Newton’s third law and thermal equilibrium.

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