Power harvesting system design for railroad safety earns award

Power harvesting system design for railroad safety earns award

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Reserach by UNL engineers to design a power harvesting system for railroad safety has earned an award from the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Reserach by UNL engineers to design a power harvesting system for railroad safety has earned an award from the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Research that led to a design for a power harvesting system that could make remote railroad crossings safer has led to a group of UNL engineers receiving an award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Students Sina Pourghodrat, Sean Hansen and Vedvyas Kamarajugadda and faculty Carl Nelson and Steve Platt were authors of an article, “Power Harvesting Systems Design for Railroad Safety,” which appeared in the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. That article was recently awarded the 2014 Alfred Rosling Bennett Premium and Charles S Lake Award from the Railway Division of IME.

The research into safety at railroad crossings, especially in remote areas, noted that a lack of electrical infrastructure is a barrier to the installation of safety equipment, such as warning lights and track health monitoring systems. The group designed a system that could harness the energy created by passing trains to power such equipment.