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FRA grants to help two colleges conduct rail safety research


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded grants to universities in Mississippi and Illinois to help fund research projects aimed at improving railroad safety.

Tuskegee University obtained a $96,192 grant to study the effect of fatigue on different types of rail steel, and how rail fractures develop and spread. The University of Illinois-Chicago received a $166,610 grant to create software designed to study derailments, analyze wheel/rail contact in three dimensions and examine rail-car dynamics under high speeds.

The grants support the FRA’s National Rail Safety Action Plan, which targets the most frequent, highest-risk accident causes. Track-related accidents are the second leading cause of all train accidents.

“Early detection is critical to the prevention of track-caused train accidents,” said FRA Administrator Joseph Boardman in a prepared statement.

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