RTSA awards

2004 Nick Stephens and Savithri Shimada

Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award 2004

THERE ARE TWO RECIPIENTS OF THE 2004 RAILWAY ENGINEERING STUDENT THESIS AWARD, BEING: MR. Nick Stephens AND MRs Savithri Shimada


JOINT FIRST PRIZE AWARDED TO: Mr. Nick Stephens

TITLE: A Relationship Analysis of the Effects of Saturation & Compaction on the Top Misalignment of Rail Track 


Mr. Nick Stephens for his thesis entitled “A relationship of the effects of saturation and compaction on the top misalignment of rail track” at the University of Newcastle.

The study was carried out, in association with the Rail Infrastructure Corporation of NSW (RIC), to determine the relevance and impact of various elements of rail track structure on the concentrated deviation of top alignment of rail track. As a result of the work, recommendations were made to RIC to make alterations to existing associated track maintenance standards and to develop additional testing standards/procedures.



JOINT FIRST PRIZE AWARDED TO: Mrs Savithri Shimada

TITLE: A study of high-frequency vibration response of resilient baseplates.

Mrs Savithri Shimada for her thesis entitled “A Study of High-Frequency Vibration Response of Resilient Baseplates” at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney 

The thesis considered current high-frequency test methods and then conducted tests to collect and analyze in-track vibration data associated with a variety of resilient track fastenings in use on the Sydney Metropolitan rail network. Thereafter, and following theoretical analysis and finite element analysis, conclusions have been drawn with respect to the vibration performance of the different types of fastenings. 



RUNNER UP PRIZE

AWARDED TO:
 Mr Liam Walls for his thesis "Test rig design for simulation and identification of rail corrugations" at the School of Engineering of the University of Queensland