UIC Receives FRA Grant to Develop Software to Study Track Performance

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded a $549,132 grant to the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop a computer software simulation tool to evaluate track performance and vehicle dynamics under high speed operation.

Once complete, the software will enable to users to assess the behavior of complex light weight rail vehicles over rail lines.

Through modeling and three-dimensional simulation, the application will demonstrate the interaction between train wheels and track under diverse conditions.

It will also permit the study of derailment scenarios and how various types of rail vehicles are able to safely navigate track with different physical characteristics.