International Concrete Crosstie and
Fastening System Symposium (2012)

Hosted by the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)
at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

June 6-8, 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

Thanks for attending the International Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium 6-8 June 2012 to further international communication and collaboration on design and performance challenges and solutions for concrete crossties and fastening systems.

Presentations from the Symposium
in order of Sessions

Opening Session
Welcome - Riley Edwards

Keynote Speakers
Railroading Down Under - Alex Remennikov
Recent Progress in the Development of Railway Infrastructure and its Components - Stephan Freudenstein

Session 1
Review of International Crosstie and Fastening System Survey Results - Brandon Van Dyk
State of Practice: North America - Conrad Ruppert
State of Practice: Europe - Stephan Freudenstein
State of Practice: Australia - Alex Remennikov

Session 2
BNSF Concrete Crosstie and Fastener Experience - John Bosshart
Evolution of Amtrak's Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Program - Joseph Smak
Overview of Investigation to Understand Progression of Concrete Tie Conditions in High Speed Applications - Jeff Henderson
Aurora Automated Inspection Capabilities on Concrete Ties and Fastening Systems - Greg Grissom
Building High-Quality Sustainable Track Using Under Tie Pads - Stefan Potocan
Lateral Stability of Ballasted Track with Conventional Ties and with Under Tie Pads - Stephan Freudenstein

Session 3
Investigation of Rail Seat Deterioration and Materials Improvements - Ryan Kernes and Amogh Shurpali
The Role Silica Fume Plays in Producing Resilient, High-Performance (Precast) Concrete - Tony Kojundic
Nondestructive Condition Assessment and Rating of Concrete Railroad Crossties - Paul Fisk
The QA/AC Program for Concrete Crossties on IDOT's Chicago - St. Louis High-Speed Rail Project - Tom Van Dam
Laboratory Test Standards for the Assessment of Rail Fastening Systems Performance - Bob Coats

Session 4
Overview of the FRA/Volpe Research on Concrete Ties - David Jeong
Finite Element Analysis of Wood and Concrete Crossties Subjected to Direct Rail Seat Pressure - Hailing Yu
Finite Element Stress Analysis of a Prestressed Concrete Crosstie at Prestress Transfer - Ronald Mayville
Update on UIUC Crosstie and Fastening System FEA Modeling - George Chen and Moochul Shin

Session 5
Remaining Life of Prestressed Concrete Sleepers - Alex Remennikov
Union Pacific's Design Requirements and Research Outlook - Chris Rewczuk
Measuring Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Pressure Distribution with Matrix Based Tactile Surface Sensors - Chris Rapp
Railroad Concrete Crossties in the Digital Age - Pelle Duong
Results from Transfer Length Measurements at Six Concrete Tie Plants in the United States - Bob Peterman
Introduction to Mechanistic Design of Concrete Crossties and Fastening System Components - Marcus Dersch and Riley Edwards

International Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium
Topics and Technical Tours

Technical and Poster Presentation Topics
Loading Environment
Laboratory and Field Testing
Component and System Modeling
Mechanistic Design
Materials Improvements

Research Discussion Topics
Crosstie and Fastening System Research Needs
Design Methodologies
State of Practice
Crosstie and Fastening System Failure Modes

Technical Tours
Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Line (courtesy of Union Pacific)
UIUC Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL)