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Detection of wheel-rail contact conditions for improved train control

6 February 2012 | By Professor T X Mei, School of Computing Science and Engineering, Salford University, UK

The contact between wheels and track is fundamental to railway operations, but the contact conditions are affected by often unpredictable external sources of contamination such as fallen tree leaves, snow and rain which can substantially reduce the level of adhesion of the track that is essential to the delivery of…