System to Measure Effectiveness of Rail Shunt

During the 2014-2015 school year, a Michigan Tech Team of Senior Design Students from the Electrical Engineering Department designed and evaluated a device to measure the effectiveness in rail shunts, commonly used as protection to on-track workers by "fouling" the track circuit, showing the track as occupied. Sponsored by Union Pacific, this project aimed to design a device to allow for the testing of these shunts, to improve their effectiness and accuracy, in order to increase track worker safety. 

This project was sponsored by Union Pacific and the NURail Center

Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Pasi Lautala
Project Schedule: 
April, 2015
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