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RailMonitor: Real-Time Broken Rail Detection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10176
Agency Tracking Number: 171FR2002
Amount: $149,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 171FR2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5717RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-29
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Rd.
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

Broken rails are a common cause of mainline derailments and a particular concern given the increasing use of our rail system for passenger traffic and petroleum products. The progressive nature of the defects provides an opportunity for early detection of cracks before they become significant enough to cause a derailment. Unfortunately, current inspection technology does not allow these inspections to be performed during normal rail operations.

Creare’s RailMonitor System supplements the periodic inspections performed by track inspection cars by enabling every train to perform rail inspection during the normal course of operations to enable detection of early stage rail cracks before they fail and cause a catastrophic derailment. The RailMonitor uses a novel imaging approach that provides a highly accurate, convenient, and inexpensive method of rail inspection. The system is designed to provide sensitive detection of rail cracks while minimizing the number of false detections due to normal joints between rail segments.

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