Crosstie Conference Presentations

Tuesday 15 May

Welcome and Safety Briefing
Riley Edwards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

8:10 Opening Plenary Session (Session 1)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Marcus Dersch (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

9:45 Rail Transit (Session 2)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Steven Melniczuk (Amtrak)

Speculating on Rail Transit Specifications – A Special View
Bill Moorhead (TRAMMCO, LLC)

Overview of MetroLink’s Light Rail Operations and Current Infrastructure Research
Chuck Clemins (St. Louis MetroLink) & Marcus Dersch (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Overview of Direct Fixation Fasteners in Major US Transit Systems
Korhan Ciloglu (LBFoster)

Use of Direct Fixation Rail Transit Fastening Systems at WMATA and Current Research
Ravi Amin (WMATA) & Riley Edwards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Overview of Commuter Rail Operations and Challenges in the Los Angeles Region
Tim Harris (The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)

Introduction to Chicago’s Metra Commuter Rail System and Types of Infrastructure
Bruce Marcheschi (Metra)

1:30 Concrete Crossties – Part 1 (Session 3)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Robert Peterman (Kansas State University)

Mechanistic Design of Concrete Crossties for Amtrak’s Shared Corridor Operation
Steven Melniczuk (Amtrak) & Ricardo Quiros (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Factors that Contribute to Concrete Crosstie Abrasion Damage
Kyle Riding (University of Florida) & Robert Peterman (Kansas State University) 

Opportunities to Balance Concrete Tie Capacity with Track Support Requirements
Theodore Sussmann (U.S. DOT/Volpe Center)

Impact of Tendon Anchoring Method on Reliability and Durability of Pre-stressed Concrete Railway Crossties
Andrzej Cholewa (Track Tec S.A.)

3:45 Fastening System (Session 4)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: John Bosshart (BNSF, Retired)

8:00 Composite Crossties (Session 5)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Mike McHenry (Amtrak)

8:30 Steel and Other Alternative Crossties (Session 6)
2311 Newmark

Session Moderator: Arthur Lima (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Performance and Analysis of Failures in Steel Sleepers in a Brazilian Railway
Renato Lataliza Vasconcelos (Vale SA)

Structural Performance of Plain Concrete and Fiber-reinforced Concrete Railway Ties Prestressed with Basalt-Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) Bars
Mohsen Issa (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Restoration of Timber Railroad Ties Using Inorganic Polymers
Ghassan Al-Chaar (U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL))

10:15 Timber Crossties (Session 7)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Jim Gauntt (Railway Tie Association (RTA))

Best Practices for Sustainable Railroad Tie Recovery
Curtis Schopp (National Salvage & Service Corporation)

Sustainable Disposal Method for Timber Crossties
James Gaspard (Biochar Now LLC)

Biobased Technologies for Timber Crosstie Applications 
Lou A. Honary (Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc.)

Sustainable Ties – the Next 100 Years
Jeff Lloyd (Nisus Corporation)

Internal Density Signature of Wooden Crossties to Refine Predictive Life Expectancy Modeling
Michael Brick (BNSF Railway) & Tony Mauricio (GREX)


Thursday 17 May

8:00 Inspection Technologies (Session 8)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Cameron Stuart (FRA)

8:00 Crosstie and Substructure Interaction (Session 9)
2311 Newmark

Session Moderator: Ted Sussmann (U.S. DOT/Volpe Center)

Improvement of Crosstie-Ballast Contact Using Under Tie Pads in Heavy Haul Lines
Antonio Merheb (University of Sao Paulo) 

Influence of Tie Support Condition on Ballast Behavior under Static and Dynamic Loading

Wenting Hou & Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Monitoring of Track Infrastructure and Long Time Performance of UTP
Rudolf Schilder (ARTS)

Benefits of Under Tie Pads on Ballast Stress State – A Laboratory Study 
Arthur Lima & Jake Branson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Improved Track Quality using of Elasto-plastic Under Tie Pads
Harald Steger (Getzner USA, Inc.) 

10:45 Concrete Crosstie – Part 2 (Session 10)
1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: David Lange (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Performance Specification for Concrete Materials Used In Crossties
Kyle Riding (University of Florida) & David Lange (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Developing Qualification Tests to Ensure Proper Selection and Interaction of Pretensioned Concrete Crosstie Materials
Robert Peterman (Kansas State University)

Impact of Water on Cyclic Behavior of Concrete Crossties
Josue Bastos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)