Develop Railway Engineering Modules for Materials Courses

UTK Project Information

NuRail Project IDNURail2012-UTK-E01
Project TitleDevelop Railway Engineering Modules for Materials Courses
UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville
Principal InvestigatorHuang
PI Contact InformationPhone: (865) 974-7713 Email: bhuang@utk.eduPhone: (865) 974-7713 Email:
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)$20,000 Hebei Institute of Construction and Geotechnical Investigation; $20,000 USDOT
Total Project Cost$40,000
Agency ID or Contract NumberDTRT12-G-UTC18 (Grant 1)
Start Date2012-07-01
End Date2013-12-31
Brief Description of Research ProjectThe importance of railway transport has long been recognized. However, no railway engineering courses have been provided in the UTK civil engineering curricula. The objective of this education project is to develop some railway engineering modules based on the PI's research and teaching experience for many years so that independent railway engineering courses or even programs can be established in the future. The railroad material characterization modules, such as aggregate, railroad track steel, Portland cement concrete, railroad ties, and asphalt concrete for railroad applications, will be incorporated in the existing civil engineering courses the PI is currently teaching: CE321 - Construction Materials, CE522 - Asphalt and PCC Mix Design and CE525 - Pavement Materials Characterization. The railroad design modules will be incorporated in the PI's pavement design course: CE521 - Pavement Design. More teaching modules will be developed based on the outcomes of the PI's research.
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Final ReportNURail2012-UTK-E01_Final_Report_Education_UTK_Huang.pdf