Track Loading System Updates

Purpose


The purpose of this page will be to provide regular updates on the construction of the UIUC Full Scale Experimental Laboratory Track Loading System.

Updates


19 February 2014
Recent Progress: Actuators Attached to the Wheelset

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Actuators attached to wheelset.


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Close-up side-view of actuator connected to wheelset.


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Close-up iso-view of actuator connected to wheelset.


17 February 2014
Recent Progress: Construction Update


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Overall view of RAIL lab.


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Actuators hung and ready for loading.


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Control platform.


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View of track facing north.


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Close-up of track structure with instrumentation installed.


16 December 2013
Recent Progress: Ballast Construction Completed


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Overall view of track structure.


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Close-up of track structure.


6 November 2013
Recent Progress: Rail and IWS Placement


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Overall view of track with IWS.


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Iso-view of IWS on track.


24 October 2013
Recent Progress: Placement of Crossties


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Overall view of crosstie placement.


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Closeup of crosstie placement.


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Centerline of track.


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Side view of crossties.


15 October 2013
Recent Progress: Ballast to Bottom of Crosstie


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Profile view of ballast construction.


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Side view of ballast construction.


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Close-up of ballast at bottom of crosstie height.


11 October 2013
Recent Progress: Subballast Construction (75% complete)


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Overview of subballast construction progress.


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Close-up of subballast.


4 October 2013
Recent Progress: Subgrade Construction Complete


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Overview of subgrade construction progress.


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Close-up of final grade.


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Close-up of final grade.


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Final grade stakes placed.


23 September 2013
Recent Progress: Subgrade Construction (~50% complete)


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Overview of subgrade construction progress.


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Hanson Profesional Services, Inc. construction project specialist ensuring lift compaction denstiy.


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A remote controlled vibratory sheepsfoot compactor was used to compact the subgrade.


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The initial stages of construction and instrumentation


17 September 2013
Recent Progress: Completed Walls and Bulkheads


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Lateral structural beams constructed and the reinforcing bulkhead placed.


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Close-up of the lateral structural beam connection to the vertical column.


15 August 2013
Recent Progress: Completed Walls and Bulkheads


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Wooden walls and bulkheads completed - south-east.


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Wooden bulkheads completed - south.


12 August 2013
Recent Progress: Construction of Walls and Bulkheads


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Construction of wooden walls and bulkheads - south.


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Construction of wooden walls and bulkheads - north.


25 July 2013
Recent Progress: Vertical Columns


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Vertical Columns beginning to be errected.



23 July 2013
Recent Progress: Floor Installed and Columns Extended


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Completed track loading system floor from above.


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Completed track loading system floor looking south.


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Completed track loading system floor looking north.


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Zoom in on extended track loading system floor beams looking north.


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Track loading system columns being extended via bolted plate.




18 July 2013
Recent Progress: Floor Beams Completed and Laid out for Construction


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Track loading system floor layout from above.


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Track loading system completed floor beams ready for installation.


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Floor layout prior to construction looking south.