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August 22 & 23, 2017
Tuesday, 9:00 – 5:00 & Wednesday, 9:00 – 2:00
University of Delaware
Newark Campus

This course addresses key areas of infrastructure maintenance for the rail and transit industry worldwide. As our railroad industry continues to grow and flourish with increased traffic in both passenger and freight rail systems, targeted training opportunities such as this will enable maintaining and expanding our country’s rail infrastructure in ways that are safe, efficient and economical. This course will be taught by internationally renowned rail expert, Dr. Allan M. Zarembski, Research Professor and Director of our Railroad Engineering and Safety Program.

This course is also available online. Please contact our Professional Engineering Outreach office by calling 302-831-8302 or emailing enggoutreach@udel.edu for additional information.

This highly practical and interactive course is designed for practicing railroad and transit engineers and maintenance supervisors who are responsible for the design and/or maintenance activities associated with rail. The following topics will be addressed:

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    Rail Sections and Types Premium vs. Standard Rail
    Introduction to Rail Grinding Rail Load Environment
    Rail Failure Modes Rail Profile and Maintenance Grinding
    Introduction to Rail Testing Rail Surface Fatigue and Surface Fatigue Issues
    Broken Rail Risk Analysis and Safety Rail Internal Fatigue and Fatigue Issues
    Optimization of Rail Testing to Improve Safety Rail Lubrication and Its Effect on Rail Wear

Registration is now closed. Please let us know if you would be interested in future offerings.

Program Fee includes course notes plus a copy of Dr. Zarembski’s book The Art and Science of Rail Grinding, Simmons Boardman Press, 2005. (This will be shipped to you via UPS upon receipt of your completed registration and payment of the registration fee.) This text will be referred to in the class.

  • Individual Registrations: $795/person
  • Groups of 3 or more from the same company/agency: $695/person
  • Distance course registrants outside of the U.S.: add $15 additional shipping charge.

Registration Deadline: August 8, 2017

(On-line class registrations are accepted at any point. The ideal situation for on-line classes is when there is a group from the same worksite taking the course together, enabling “live” discussion with your colleagues!)

  • Cancellations and Substitutions: Refunds will be granted if the request is received in writing by August 1, 2017. Substitutions are permitted up through the first day of the course.
  • Registration Confirmation: A confirmation e-mail will be sent on or before October 16th and will include directions to campus/parking.
  • Accommodations & Transportation: Participants are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements. Air transportation should be arranged to either Philadelphia or Baltimore airport. Amtrak runs through Wilmington, DE and also has limited stops in Newark, DE.

Call early and ask if the University of Delaware affiliated hotel rates are available for the dates you are requesting from the following hotels:Courtyard by Marriott– UD Campus Hotel – 400 Pencader Way, Newark, DE, 1-302-737-0900 Embassy Suites, Newark – 654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. 1-302-368-8000 Homewood Suites – 640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE, 1-855-605-0320

Allan M. ZarembskiPhD, P.E., FASME, Hon. Mbr. of AREMA joined the University of Delaware faculty as Research Professor and Founding Director of UD’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program in 2012. An internationally recognized authority in the fields of track and vehicle/track system analysis, railway component failure analysis, track strength, and maintenance planning, Dr. Zarembski founded and served as President of ZETA-TECH Associates, Inc., a technical consulting and applied technology company in 1984, now an independent business unit of Harsco Rail. Prior to that, he had served in R&D positions with Pandrol, Inc. and Speno Rail Services Co., and was Manager of Track Research for the Association of American Railroads. He has also served as Deputy Director of the ASME’s Track Train Dynamics Program, and has presented numerous railroad engineering short courses throughout the U.S.Author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers, 120 technical articles, and two books published by Simmons Boardman Books, Dr. Zarembski’s work and expertise have been recognized with numerous honors, including being named an honorary member of AREMA, and receiving both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Rail Transportation Award in 1992, and the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration’s Special Act Award in 2001. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered Professional Engineer in five states. Dr. Zarembski earned the MA and PhD in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and the MS in Engineering Mechanics and BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from New York University.