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Invited lecture of Prof. Michael C. Forde, in MEMC-VUB, 26th February 2015

Thursday, 26 February, 2015 - 10:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building K
1st floor Seminar Room Dept. ARCH
Guest lecture

The department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions (MEMC) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has the pleasure to invite you for the presentation: "Advances in Remote Condition Monitoring of High Speed Railway Trackbed"

Presented by:

Michael C. Forde

University of Edinburgh, Scotland 

On Thursday, the 26th of February 2015


Location: Seminary Room Dept. ARCH, First floor building K

Worldwide, High Speed Rail effectiveness depends on a very high reliability and availability of the track with minimal downtime. This applies to both ballasted track and slab track.

The technologies available for condition monitoring of ballasted track using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) will be examined. New problems related to fouling arising from tamping will be highlighted and the challenges of using conventional GPR to assess fouling will be discussed. New methods of analysis to quantify ballast fouling will be presented based upon experiments on the full scale test site at the University of Edinburgh.

Correlations will be shown between new methods of GPR signal analysis on ballast – related to fouling.

Prof. Michael Forde is the director of the Institute for Research in Engineering of University of Edinburgh, currently ranked #4 in the U.K. He received his Bachelor from the University of Liverpool and his PhD from the University of Birmingham. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Construction and Building Materials and organizer of the Structural Falults and Repair, and Railway Engineering series of conferences. He has supervised a large number of PhD theses and is member of several important institutes and associations like Rilem, the British Institute of NDT (FINDT) and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).