Resilient Wayside Structures and Passenger Car Survivability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10136
Agency Tracking Number: 171FR3002
Amount: $149,873.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 171FR3
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
1100 NW Loop 410, suite 300, San Antonio, TX, 78213-8537
DUNS: 618026491
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Stevens
 Managing Principal
 (512) 380-1988
Business Contact
 David Stevens
Title: Managing Principal
Phone: (512) 380-1988
Research Institution

Additional passenger fatalities and injuries can occur during derailments due to interaction with wayside structures, such as catenary poles, bridge abutments, and discontinuities in third rails at highway grade crossings. Resilient wayside structures can reduce these risks, by lessening the amount of intrusion, penetration, and passenger motion. PEC and Arup will work together to develop resilient wayside structure concept designs, based on reducing stiffness and strength, incorporating energy absorbing mechanisms and allowing failure to occur in a controlled and predictable manner. Novel materials and structural configurations will be devised and assessed, with consideration of maintenance requirements, environmental effects, and impact on daily operations. This project will encompass an assessment of wayside structure risk, development of resilient wayside structure concepts, engineering analysis, numerical simulations, and preliminary test planning.

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