Automatic Detection of Rail Crack to Ensure Passenger Safety

Title of I&T Wish Automatic Detection of Rail Crack to Ensure Passenger Safety
(REF : W-0016)
Project Summary and Challenges

The objective of the project is to detect rail crack during operation of trains in traffic hours to ensure safe operation of railway.

Expected Outcome To detect rail crack that would affect the safe operation of railway
Expected Project Duration 8 months (2 months for methodology development and system design, 2 months equipment procurement and installation, 3 months on-site test, 1 month data analysis and evaluation) 
Contact Information

Name: Mr Ho Wai Yip

Position: Senior Engineer

Tel: 2808 3763

Email: howy@emsd.gov.hk

Project Deliverables

The objective of the project is to develop an automatic detection system for rail crack. The system should be operated under traffic hour and could be installed on passenger trains. The system should be able to:

  1. detect rail crack during operation of trains;
  2. provide warning to train driver and operation control centre on location of crack and dimension of the crack;
  3. provide analysis on the risk of the crack to railway safety