The Newton`s Laws Mechanic is useful to analyse mutual track-vehicle/wheel-rail interactions and to determine track irregularities and track defects by vehicle mounted instruments: Accelerometer Sensors and Gyroscope Devices for Rotation Measurements. This means, by measuring accelerations and rotations through instruments on board of commercial and scheduled running rail-vehicles, the cause in form of track irregularities can be determined. And by continuous track monitoring with repeated runs over the same track, the development of track-defects and track-irregularities, the development over the time of such defects and irregularities, in other words, the Track-Deterioration Rates or Velocity of Deterioration, can be measured, and the threshold for necessary interaction by repair, maintenance or renewal can be forecasted.
Automatic in-service track-condition monitoring through Instrumented scheduled running commercial Revenue Rail-Vehicles (IRV), making use of NEWTON`S LAWS OF MECHANICS, drive track maintenance efficiency.
Continuous monitoring collects up-to-date dynamic responses, which together with historical data can assist in predicting future deterioration for each section of track (= predictive condition monitoring). Based on the IRV feedback, scheduled maintenance activities can be prioritized at locations exhibiting rapid deterioration.
To read more about the deployment of scheduled running, commercial and revenue trains as diagnostic vehicles for track-condition monitoring, download:INSTRUMENTED REVENUE VEHICLE TRACK-CONDITION MONITORING_ PDF