2019 Micah Fountain
Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award 2019
THE WINNER OF THE 2019 RAILWAY ENGINEERING STUDENT THESIS AWARD IS MS. MICAH FOUNTAIN
2019 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award
Mr. Micah Fountain
Thesis: A numerical analysis of composite fibre transoms
Place of Study: Western Sydney University
Micah has been studying towards a BE (advanced Honours) at Western Sydney University. Micah’s thesis centred around a numerical analysis of composite fibre transoms, as slated for the relaying of Syney Harbour Bridge rail lines, under conditions of derailment impact loading. Two different fastening systems were assessed and compared, and parametric investigations into insert modulus, impact stress, deflection and critical stress will serve to advance the science of composite fibre transom design.
A runner-up prize is awarded to Mr Brendan Cornish for his University of New South Wales student thesis “Tilting Train Performance on the Sydney to Melbourne Rail Corridor”. After noting that the Sydney to Melbourne corridor is the second busiest passenger air corridor in the world and earlier high-speed rail studies using new dedicated track, the thesis examines the option of tilt trains on the existing rail track. Diesel tilt trains were found to give potential transit time reductions of at least one hour from the current 11-hour Sydney to Melbourne XPT services with no change in track, with extending the length of transition track before curves offering further reductions in transit time.