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Ultrasonic vehicle-based rail inspection

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Network Rail is working closely with Sperry and First Engineering in trials of a new road rail vehicle that inspects the rail using Sperry ultrasonic track inspection technology, checking for defects and future potential problems.

This new machine the UTU 5 is said to be much faster, more efficient and more reliable than conventional manual ultrasonic methods. The combination of train-based and road rail vehicle-based ultrasonic inspection systems represents the future for ultrasonic track inspection.

According to reports, the introduction of a previous train-based system led to performance and reliability improvements of 40% and a reduction in the number of broken rails in its first year.

This article describes Sperry 's development of vehicle-based rail inspection and the ultrasonic system employed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sperry Rail International Ltd, rtc Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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