Method for automatic monitoring of state of rail bars of continuous welded rail track and system therefor

FIELD: physics, measurement technology.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to inspection technology and can be used to inspect railway tracks. The method for automatic monitoring of the state of rail bars of a continuous welded rail track includes placing and fixing at a given point of a rail track a set of markers, detecting the position of the markers with a sensor installed on a vehicle moving on the rail track, sending the detection results to a pre-processing device, processing the obtained results in the pre-processing device and sending the pre-processed information to a server device for final processing, analysis and storage. The set comprises at least three magnetic markers. One of the magnetic markers of the set is placed and fixed directly on a beacon sleeper and the rest on two sides thereof at a distance of at least 0.8 m at the rail base. Detection is carried out using a magnetic field sensor, and detection results are processed using software which enables to determine mutual arrangement of the markers in the set. Also disclosed is a system for implementing said method for automatic monitoring of the state of rail bars of a continuous welded rail track.

EFFECT: providing automatic high-precision monitoring of longitudinal-transverse deformations of rail bars on a section of a main railway line, independent of weather conditions.

2 cl, 1 dwg

 



 

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FIELD: construction.

SUBSTANCE: control method of rail strings of continuous welded railroad track includes registration of a rail string temperature and control over the rail string creeping. Areas of stress state of the rail string by the current values of the string temperature and intensity of generated Barkhausen noise are detected additionally. An actual value of mechanical longitudinal stresses by dependence diagram of Barkhausen noise intensity on mechanical longitudinal stresses, obtained during calibration of the intensity analyser of magnetic Barkhausen noises is determined also. When calibrating the analyser, the sample carved out of the rail steel sample is subjected to axial compression and longitudinal bending. When constructing the calibration curve, intensity of magnetic Barkhausen noise is estimated as the difference between the analyser readings to their sum, obtained when measuring the intensity of magnetic Barkhausen noise in two perpendicular directions. The obtained values of stresses and temperature are applied on the calculated dependence of values of stresses in the rail on the temperature of the rail string, difference between the measured and calculated stresses is determined and the fixing temperature deviation from its normative value is determined by the value of difference.

EFFECT: increase of control precision of rail strings.

2 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: diagnostics car incorporated with the train and equipped with strain-gage mounted axles, strain-gage auto couplings, meters, systems of satellite navigation and wireless communication are used to define the track geometry conditions. Cure radii, positions of rail threads in plan and profile, track gage and other parameters related to electronic GPS map to relate them to the data of last trips of track metering train. At a time, strain-gage mounted axles are used to define vertical and lateral forces, their relationship in interaction between track and rolling stock and between rail and wheel. Strain-gage auto couplings are used to define dynamic forces at rolling stock to estimate dangerous section of the track for empty cars to be related to track profile. Proceeding from track geometry parameter measurements and train speed, probability of train derailing is estimated caused by rolling of wheel flange on the rail. Track sections are defined which can have anti-derailing factors lower than standard ones to work out recommendations on current maintenance of said tracks.

EFFECT: higher validity and efficiency of estimation.

2 cl, 3 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: in compliance with proposed method, moment of wheel flange approach to rail head and time before their collision are fixed using frame rate fps to determine gap between wheel flange and rail head. Registered data are used to calculate railway car wheel displacement speed in transverse direction before collision. Time of contact in stroke of wheel flange at rail head from time whereat aforesaid gap value does not vary is defined. Defined said time of contact is used to calculate car wheel displacement speed in transverse direction is used to calculate railway car wheel displacement speed in transverse direction at the moment of collision. Force of stroke of wheel flange at rail is defined from relationship: product of difference in speeds of displacement before and at stroke at unsprung mass of track and rail referenced to time of contact between wheel flange and rail head at collision.

EFFECT: definition to determine force of stroke and to forecast points of rail side wear nucleation.

3 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to using instrumentation for measuring railway wheel flange relative to rail head in rolling stock movement. Proposed method comprises recording wheel pressing to rail by video camera focused at zones of contact between wheel flanges and rail heads so that one video camera records the instant of wheel flange pressing to rail head while another video camera records the instant wheel flange comes off rail head in real time. Results of video observations are recorded at once on digital data carrier. Then, computer programme is used to divide recorded data into frames and number of pixels in each frame are counted. Image on each frame is converted from colour into black-and-white image. Note heat that black color is used to encode the gap between wheel flange and rail heat while white colour is used to encode wheel and rail. Pixels are converted into millimetres and tables are compiled for each video camera: frame number is gap in millimetres, to determine moment of lateral force action start, its maximum value and moment of action termination. Proceeding from train weight and gap change rate, wheel lateral pressure to rail is calculated.

EFFECT: higher accuracy of measurement, higher rate of data processing.

3 dwg, 1 tbl

Force transducer // 2329176

FIELD: transportation.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to methods and devices intended to measure the rolling stock weight in operating conditions without stopping the said rolling stock and in inclined track automatic control systems. The force transducer incorporates a signal processing unit and a sensitive element fitted on the rail and made up of a passive and active parts moving relative to each other, the passive part being fitted directly on the rail while the active one being fitted on a rigid beam mounted on two hinged supports equidistant, along the rail, from the passive part. The aforesaid passive part represents a bush with an inner and outer threads and is fastened, by means of outer thread and nut, in the rail web hole, while the bush inner thread serves to locate a threaded stepwise rod made from a nonmagnetic material accommodating a magnetic material insert on its end face closer to the sensitive element active part. The said insert magnetisation vector is parallel to the measuring rail direction. The sensitive element active part incorporates a magnetic field intensity meter.

EFFECT: higher measurement accuracy.

2 dwg

FIELD: transportation.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to the equipment for measuring railway rails and wheels. The method of determination of the clearance between the railway wheel ridge (2) and rail head (1) includes attaching a pickup with its sensitive element directed towards the point of contact between the wheel and rail head to a crosswise beam (3) of the car truck. Simultaneously with the start of the car, the data coming the pickup on displacement of the wheel ridge relative to the rail head at a preset distance is continuously recorded. Then the pickup is removed from the car, the data carrier is removed from the pickup and the data obtained is processed using a computer programme to provided for a digital visual picture. On the picture thus obtained, a video image of a ruler with divisions is imposed to define the abode said clearance in divisions of the ruler. The said device has a case with a core, a pickup and light sources arranged on both sides of the pickup at an equal distance from it.

EFFECT: simpler design and smaller sizes of the device.

3 cl, 4 dwg

FIELD: railway transport; permanent way.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to methods of measurement of displacement of rails under action of movable loads. According to proposed method, horizontal mark is made on nonworking face of rail and magnetized metal rule is attached to nonworking face of rail so that visible division on rule is parallel to horizontal mark on nonworking face of rail. Then geodetic stand is installed stationary out of the limits of track, and video camera is rigidly secured on stand. Definite focal distance is chosen, and horizontal collimating ray of video camera is directed perpendicular to nonworking face of rail to get simultaneous image of mark and rule division. Video frame of rail in unloaded state is fixed. Rule is removed. Then, without changing position of video camera and focal distance, video survey of change of rail level, when train passes, is carried out. Data, thus obtained, are compared by registration of frames of initial and loaded state of rail in computer program for processing of video frames. Difference in positions of rail head is revealed by displacement of horizontal mark relative to its initial positions, and elastic deflection of rail is determined in divisions of rule.

EFFECT: facilitated measurements, possibility of storing results of measurements.

2 cl, 3 dwg

FIELD: renewing or cleaning the ballast in situ, with or without concurrent work on the track.

SUBSTANCE: method for track scanning in working direction directly in front of ballast grabbing means and for recovery of track position disturbed by ballast grabbing means involves sketching the first and the second measuring chords through two end points correspondingly in track working direction; measuring indicator height in the first measuring chord zone; displacing rear end point of the second measuring chord to correct track position in track transversal direction, wherein indicator height determined by the first indicator height sensor of the first chord and path measurements are recorded in memory to take the last end point of the first measuring chord as a given position point with respect to local track point. Then as end point of the second measuring chord reaches local point above point is displaced up to position in which measured value corresponds to that stored in memory and, thereby, to predetermined position thereof, due to the second measuring chord of the second indicator height sensor. Ballast cleaning machine comprises excavation car including height-adjustable track-lift, ballast grabbing means and sizing car arranged in front of excavation car in car working direction. The first measuring chord and indicator height sensor are attached to sizing car. The second measuring chord of path measuring system with rear end point defined with respect to working direction is associated with excavation car. Path measuring system comprises track indicator and memory to store value measured by the first indicator height sensor depending upon path and to compare thereof with measured value recorded by the second indicator height sensor.

EFFECT: increased simplicity and reduced time of track recovery after ballast cleaning.

2 cl, 3 dwg

The invention relates to the upper structure of the railway track

The invention relates to measurement devices, and more particularly, to techniques for rail dimensions

FIELD: instrumentation.

SUBSTANCE: present group of inventions relates to measuring equipment, and can be used to check the railroad, in particular to determine deviation of the railroad from the design position. Method of check of spatial position of railroad means that using the receiving and analyzing systems two images of space adjacent to the railroad are obtained. Using the processing and control block the reference mark is detected on the obtained images, and coordinates of the reference elements of the reference mark are determined by preliminary measurements of the mutual spatial position of the check elements. Then displacement of the check elements relatively to the base point of the devices coordinate system in vertical, longitudinal and transverse directions are determined, angles of rotation of the reference mark around the vertical and longitudinal axes, as well as angle of system rotation relatively to the transverse axes is measured. Set of obtained values of displacement of each check element relative to the datum point of the devices coordinate system is compared with the pre-measured mutual spatial position of the mass elements. Based on the results of such comparison the displacements of the reference mark in vertical, longitudinal and transverse directions are determined. Correction of the obtained displacements is made considering the obtained angles of rotation, and railroad position is determined.

EFFECT: reduced error of determination of the railroad position.

2 cl, 1 dwg

FIELD: electricity.

SUBSTANCE: longitudinal stress values are defined continuously during the motion of a rolling stock at the mechanical interaction of a rolling railroad wheel with a rail when mechanical oscillations are excited at tested sections of rail bars with recording, converting of the received oscillations to acoustic oscillations with signal amplification, and at the analysis of spectrum of the excited oscillations in frequency and amplitude depending on a value of longitudinal mechanical stress at the rail bar sections. According to results of data processing changes in the spectrum of the excited oscillations are analysed and sections of railroad tracks are identified with deviations in an amplitude-frequency curve in a real-time mode.

EFFECT: increased efficiency of control and safety of train traffic.

3 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: diagnostic device of control elements of a rolling stock derailing control device (RSDCD) includes an electronic unit for the detection and research of defects based on a magnetic metal memory method (MMM) with a ferroprobe converter (FPC) and an electronic unit for the detection and research of defects by means of an eddy current method with an eddy current converter (ECC). The device also has an electronic recording and processing unit connected to the electronic unit for the detection and research of defects based on MMM method and the electronic unit for the detection and research of defects by means of the eddy current method.

EFFECT: increasing safety of railroad movement.

16 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: measurement equipment.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to non-destructive testing devices and is intended to determine coordinates of an inspection sensor when searching defects. A general-purpose coordinate device for a manual defect detector is arranged on a test object and includes at least one inspection sensor, and it is made in the form of a flat frame of an open type, the free ends of which are installed with a possibility of being turned on supporting fasteners fixed on the test object. With that, on the frame there are two encoders arranged, each of which is provided with a cable connected to a cassette holder located between the encoders, in which a cassette is installed and provided with at least one inspection sensor with a possibility of its movement along the test object surface.

EFFECT: improving object test reliability, as well as reducing labour input for use of a coordinate device.

5 dwg

FIELD: construction.

SUBSTANCE: linear guide with a sliding carriage is installed on a framework. Laser range profilometers with the possibility of moving them to change the position by the conveyor are mounted on the carriage. Laser scanners fixed on a bracket with one laser emitter and two receivers of the reflected signal, which are installed in the laser scanners, are used as the laser range profilometers. The receivers read the reflected signal simultaneously of the same cross-section of a reinforced concrete cross-tie. Minimum two laser scanners for simultaneous measurement of two or more reinforced concrete cross-ties are fixed on the carriage.

EFFECT: simplification of the system and measuring process and an improved performance and efficiency of the system operation due to the provision of a possibility to measure the parameters of two or more cross-ties at the same time.

2 dwg

FIELD: physics.

SUBSTANCE: method comprises inspecting a portion of a railway line using a magnetic flaw detector mounted on a flaw detector car; identifying defects and structural components (bolt and welded joints of rails, metal rail plates etc), signals from which and positions of which are stored in a test card; using data on the structural components of the railway line for navigation during ultrasonic flaw detection of the same portion of the railway line; detailed analysis of objects identified by the magnetic flaw detector using an ultrasonic flaw detector; correcting the test card based on the flaw detection results.

EFFECT: high accuracy, quality and rate of detecting defects on rails.

2 cl, 5 dwg

FIELD: measurement equipment.

SUBSTANCE: device is used to monitor the deviation from straightness at the surface of the side active face of a rail head in horizontal plane and at the rail head running surface in vertical plane by contactless method. The device for automatic monitoring of rails' welded joint straightness comprises a casing, a mechanical portion, end face panels, contactless location sensors, sensors for contactless measurement of distance to the rail surface and an electronic unit. The mechanical portion consists of locating prisms closed by the end face panels on the outer side, the panels are fitted by cutouts corresponding to the surfaces mating the surfaces to be monitored with built-in magnets being installed between them. Each prism is equipped by backing-up tips contacting with the monitored surfaces. The contactless location sensors interfaced with the electronic unit are set near the tips. In the central casing part between the auxiliary prisms there installed are the sensors for contactless measurement of distance to the rail surface which are interfaced with the electronic unit providing for the display of the nonstraightness at analogue indicators and at a graphic display unit and for the storage of nonstraightness results in a memory block. The invention is also related to the method of using the device.

EFFECT: possibility of getting visualised and reliable information, reduction of time required for monitoring of rails' welded joint straightness.

2 cl, 10 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: railway testing system contains track measuring truck and network centre and reference stations connected with the system. The truck contains control-computing complex to which track geometrical parameters measurement tools, navigational signals receiver, display unit, memory unit, transmit-receive unit, processor, communication interface unit, local alarm messaging unit and acoustical-electrical transducers are connected. Each reference station includes transceiver for navigational signals. Network centre consist of communication server, processing and control unit and data archiving unit. Also, external track gang notification system is included in the system.

EFFECT: improved safety of track gangs and mobile testing facilities.

2 cl, 1 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: diagnostics car incorporated with the train and equipped with strain-gage mounted axles, strain-gage auto couplings, meters, systems of satellite navigation and wireless communication are used to define the track geometry conditions. Cure radii, positions of rail threads in plan and profile, track gage and other parameters related to electronic GPS map to relate them to the data of last trips of track metering train. At a time, strain-gage mounted axles are used to define vertical and lateral forces, their relationship in interaction between track and rolling stock and between rail and wheel. Strain-gage auto couplings are used to define dynamic forces at rolling stock to estimate dangerous section of the track for empty cars to be related to track profile. Proceeding from track geometry parameter measurements and train speed, probability of train derailing is estimated caused by rolling of wheel flange on the rail. Track sections are defined which can have anti-derailing factors lower than standard ones to work out recommendations on current maintenance of said tracks.

EFFECT: higher validity and efficiency of estimation.

2 cl, 3 dwg

FIELD: transport.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to control over the state of track, particularly, to control over displacement of welded railway rail skeleton section displacement. Proposed method consists in defining the position of markers on rail skeleton relative to fixed objects (reference sleepers). Welded butts are used as said markers. Relative arrangement of selected welded butt with respect to selected reference sleeper is defined by the data of flaw detector car magnetic control channel so that signals from, say, bird pad and welded but can be unambiguously identified on defectogram. Besides their relative spatial position can be unambiguously identified by the data received from track transducer (coordinate meter) of flaw detector car. Magnitude of displacement is defined by comparing current data with that obtained before.

EFFECT: instrumental control over displacement.

1 dwg

FIELD: railway transport; measuring facilities.

SUBSTANCE: invention relates to special purpose devices for measuring separate geometric parameters of reinforced concrete ties, i.e. propelling and canting of rail flats on reinforced concrete ties. Proposed device contains housing 1 with fitted-on transport handle 2, right-hand support 3 and left-hand support 4. First support screw 5 and second support screw 6 are installed on right-hand support 3, third support screw 7 and fourth support screw 8 are installed on left-hand support 4, right-hand catcher 9 and left-hand catcher 10 are installed on ends of housing 1, sensor 11 is secured on first support screw 5. Housing 1 carries also right-hand orientation handle 13 with pushbutton 15 and left-hand orientation handle 14. Base 16 is fastened in central part of housing 1, controller 17 and supply compartment 18 being secured on base 16. Device for measuring rail flat canting contains housing 1 with fitted-on transport handle 2, right-hand support 3 and left-hand support 4. First support screw 5 and second support screw 6 are installed on right-hand support 3. And third support screw 7 and fourth support screw 8 are installed on left0hand support 4. Right-hand catcher 9 and left-hand catcher 10 are installed on ends of housing 1, first sensor 11 is secured on first support screw 5, and second sensor 19 is installed on fourth support screw 8. Housing 1 carries right-hand orientation handle 13 with pushbutton 15, and left-hand orientation handle 14. Base 16 with fitted-on controller 17 and supply compartment 18 is secured in central part of housing 1. Moreover, support 21 is connected to housing 1 through vertical rods in central part.

EFFECT: improved efficiency of measurements, increased accuracy and provision of operative measurement of parameters under checking.

3 cl, 2 dwg

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