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Project Information

Project Information


Review of Department of Transportation Testing of Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes


Project Scope:


REVISED:
In the first phase of this project, an ad hoc committee will review a test and analysis plan prepared by DOT and comment in a letter report on whether the proposed tests will provide objective, accurate, and reliable results to test the assumptions that DOT has identified in its comparison of the emergency braking performance of railroad tank car Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes to conventional brakes or braking systems such as distributed power and two-way end of train devices.  The committee will provide a written explanation detailing the need for any additional or alternative testing.  The key question is whether ECP brakes would reduce the incidence and severity of spills of crude oil or ethanol from derailments compared with the alternative braking systems examined. 

In the second phase of this project, the committee will review the conduct of DOT’s tests, reports of test results, and, based on DOT’s test results and analysis, provide its findings and conclusions addressing the performance of ECP brakes relative to other braking technologies or systems tested by DOT. The committee's reviews and letter reports will be limited to these tasks; the committee will not make recommendations about which braking systems should be required of railroads in revenue service.


ORIGINAL:
An ad hoc committee will recommend appropriate analysis and testing methods to compare the emergency braking performance of railroad tank car Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes to conventional brakes or braking systems such as distributed power and 2-way end of train devices.  The key question is whether ECP brakes would reduce the incidence and severity of spills of crude oil or ethanol from derailments compared with the alternative braking systems examined.  The committee will examine the cost-effectiveness of simulation and testing options that take into account budgetary limitations and recommend a general plan for testing and simulation that can best answer this question.  The committee’s recommended approach will be subsequently refined and carried out by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 

In subsequent phases of this project, to be brought back to GBEC for consideration, the committee will also review FRA’s subsequent analysis and test plan, conduct of the analysis and testing, and report summarizing the results.  The committee’s reviews and reports will be limited to these tasks; the committee will not make recommendations about which braking systems should be required of railroads in revenue service.

Status: Current

PIN: TRB-SASP-16-01

Project Duration (months): 16 month(s)

RSO: Wassel, Ray

Topic(s):

Transportation and Infrastructure


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 09/01/2016

Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti - (Chair)
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Louis J. Lanzerotti, Chair, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a retired Distinguished Member of Technical Staff of Bell Laboratories Lucent Technologies, where his responsibilities included supervision of laboratories and research and development. His principal research interests include space plasmas, geophysics, and engineering problems related to the impacts of atmospheric and space processes and the space environment on space and terrestrial technologies. He has served as chair of a number of NRC Boards and Committees, including the Space Studies Board, the Committee on Electric Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration, the Committee on the Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Committee on Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage. Dr. Lanzerotti also served as a member of the Academies’ Report Review Committee. He has been principal investigator on NASA and commercial space satellite missions, including PI for instruments on the currently-flying NASA dual spacecraft Van Allen Probes mission. Dr. Lanzerotti was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University.
Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian
Virginia Tech

Mehdi Ahmadian is Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he also holds the position of Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), and the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He is the founding director of CVeSS, RTL, Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering and Research (VIPER), and the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Ahmadian worked as Lead Design Engineer at General Electric Transportation System and in various engineering and management positions at Lord Corporation. Dr. Ahmadian has authored more than 130 archival journal publications and more than 250 conference publications, including a number of keynote lectures. He has edited 6 technical proceedings and has made more than 300 technical presentations in topics related to advanced technologies for ground vehicles. He holds 10 U.S. and international patents, and has edited four technical volumes. He currently serves as Editor for the International Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Vibration and Control, and Editor-in-Chief of Shock and Vibration journal. In the past, he has served as Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Automobile Engineering (2010 – 2014), Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1989 – 1996), the AIAA Journal (2000 – 2008), and journal of Shock and Vibration (2003 – 2011). Dr. Ahmadian is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), and Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His most recent professional awards include the 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) Forest R. McFarland Award, the 2014 SAE International L. Ray Buckendale Award with a plenary lecture on “Integrating Electromechanical Systems in Commercial Vehicles for Improved Handling, Stability, and Comfort,” and the 2015 SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award. Dr. Ahmadian is an active member of SAE International. His activities include: Member, Executive Nominating Committee; Member-at-Large, SAE Membership Board; Executive Council Member, SAE International Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (COMVEC); Activity Chair, COMVEC 2015; Activity Chair, COMVEC 2010; and past Chair of the SAE Chassis and Suspension Committee. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Marshall Beck
M. Beck Consulting, LLC

Marshall Beck, of M Beck Consulting, LLC, is the former Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at New York Air Brake Company (retired). During his 25 year career at New York Air Brake, Mr. Beck provided leadership on corporate vision and product innovation efforts, including the design and launch of the locomotive Computer Control Brake (CCB II), EP-60, and LEADER train handling technologies. Mr. Beck also holds a number of related patents. Prior to New York Air Brake, Mr. Beck was the Director of Marketing at Bombardier, where he was responsible for passenger rail in both Commuter and Intercity markets. Mr. Beck has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Mr. Philip J. Daum
Engineering Systems, Inc.

Philip J. Daum is a Principal at Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI) who specializes in mechanical engineering, research, development, and experimental testing. He has conducted complex, multidisciplinary research and failure/accident investigations pertaining to freight and transit railroads, cargo and portable tanks, transportation equipment systems and components, and hazardous materials. His evaluations include the areas of reliability, durability, crashworthiness, security performance and regulatory compliance. His 35 years of industrial experience includes design of railroad rolling stock, truck/bogies, brakes, draft systems, valves, pressure relief devices, safety equipment, and operating components/systems. He is also experienced in technology evaluations, intellectual property analysis, equipment qualification, health monitoring, and maintenance. Mr. Daum received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds Professional Engineering licenses in Illinois and California.
Ms. Jenny Ferren
Southwest Research Institute

Jenny L. Ferren is the manager of the Structural Dynamics and Product Assurance Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). She leads a team of engineers and technicians engaged in applied research, development and independent testing services for the aerospace, automotive, nuclear, roadside safety, telecommunications, marine, and oil and gas industries, and for the U.S. military. She has more than 20 years of experience in experimental structural dynamics, physical environmental testing, failure mode analysis, data acquisition, and analysis, as well as mechanical design and product development for which she holds two patents. Her project work at SwRI has primarily included engineering stress screening and qualification testing to assess functionality, structural integrity and compatibility of equipment subjected to extreme environmental conditions. She also oversees reliability evaluations, as well as model validation testing to support structural and dynamic analysis of large-scale systems. Ms. Ferren is responsible for business development efforts, including financial growth and promotional activities for the section, and serves as the system administrator responsible for maintaining the Structural Engineering Department’s ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and NQA-1 quality programs. Ms. Ferren received a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
Dr. Roger L. McCarthy
McCarthy Engineering

Roger L. McCarthy, of McCarthy Engineering, is a private engineering consultant and a director of Shui on Land, Ltd., which is involved in large-scale urban redevelopment in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. McCarthy has substantial experience in the analysis of failures of an engineering or scientific nature. He has investigated the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, the explosion and loss of the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea, the fire and explosion on the semisubmersible Glomar Arctic II, and the rudder failure on the very large crude carrier Amoco Cadiz. Previously, Dr. McCarthy was chairman emeritus of Exponent, Inc., and chairman of Exponent Science and Technology Consulting Company, Ltd. (Hangzhou, China). In 1992, he was appointed by the first President Bush to the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science. Dr. McCarthy served as a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future, and the Committee on Options for Implementing the Requirement of Best Available and Safest Technologies for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. He also served as a member of the Committee on the Evaluation of the Federal Railroad Administration Research and Development Program. Dr. McCarthy received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.
Dr. Raul A. Radovitzky
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raúl A. Radovitzky is the Associate Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2001 as the Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor. Professor Radovitzky’s research interests are in the development of advanced concepts and material systems for blast, ballistic and impact protection. To this end, his research group develops theoretical and computational descriptions of the physical event and its effects on structures and humans, including advanced computational methods and algorithms for large-scale simulation. The resulting models help to improve the understanding of the various physical components of the problem and thus to design protective systems. Professor Radovitzky’s educational interests include computational mechanics, continuum mechanics, aerospace structures, mechanics of materials, numerical methods, and high-performance computing. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, International Association of Computational Mechanics, American Academy of Mechanics, Materials Research Society, U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers, He has served on these previous National Academies committees: the Committee to Review of Test Protocols Used by the DOD to Test Combat Helmets and the Committee on Opportunities in Protection Materials Science and Technology for Future Army Applications. Professor Radovitzky received a PhD in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Mr. Patrick J. Student
Gunnison, LLC

Patrick J. Student is former Director of Hazardous Material and Hazardous Materials Management, Union Pacific Railroad Company (retired). He has more than 41 years of experience in hazardous materials transportation by rail. He was responsible for interpreting hazardous materials regulations and railroad operating rules, and developing systems for compliance with them. He was also a consultant on tank car issues and properties of materials being transported. Mr. Student has served as Chairman and Member of the American Association of Railroads (AAR) Hazardous Materials Committee and AAR Tank Car Committee, as well as Chairman or Member of many of their task forces. He was a member of the Next Generation Rail Tank Car project and is a member of the Advanced Tank Car Collaborative Research Project. He is a developer of structured electronic data interchange (EDI) for hazardous materials transportation, and has served as Chairman of the AAR EDI Hazardous Materials Technical Advisory Group. Mr. Student holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, Rolla.
Mr. Gerhard A. Thelen
Retired

Gerhard A. Thelen is the former Vice President of Operations Planning and Support for Norfolk Southern Corporation, where he was responsible for operations planning, policies, budgets, research and tests, and quality management functions from 2006 until he retired in 2013. Mr. Thelen joined Norfolk Southern in 1977 and served in quality, engineering, research, and mechanical positions—including the Assistant Vice President of Research and Tests—before being named Vice President, Mechanical in 2004. Norfolk Southern began running unit trains with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes on certain lines in late 2007. He served as a member of the National Academies Committee to Review USDOT Five-Year RD&T Strategic Plan and the Committee for Review of the Federal Railroad Administration Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs. Mr. Thelen has a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Elton Toma
National Research Council of Canada

Elton Toma is a senior engineer at the Automotive and Surface Transportation portfolio at the National Research Council Canada. At NRC Canada he has worked on research projects related to the testing and analysis of all modes of surface transportation, including freight and passenger rail vehicles, heavy-haul highway trucks, and off-road military vehicles. Most recently,r he has worked closely with Transport Canada on guidelines for the marshaling of trains to reduce in-train forces, on the analysis of emergency stopping distances of freight trains, and on route risk analysis. Previously, he was a vehicle dynamics analyst at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado. At TTCI he was involved in the on-track testing and computer modeling of freight and passenger rail vehicles. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University. His Ph.D. research focused on the analysis of train derailments, where his work produced a computer model of a train derailment, at the time the only model available for derailment simulation.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Gerhard Thelen

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee.

As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (http://www.nationalacademies.org/coi/index.html), an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established its membership must include among others, at least one individual with up-to date operational experience and expertise in railroad braking systems, and specifically in the use of alternative braking systems such as Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes.

To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Gerhard Thelen is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because he has a financial interest in the railroad industry.

As his biographical summary makes clear, Mr. Thelen’s career at Norfolk Southern spanned 15 years during which the company analyzed ECP brakes and adopted their use in selected settings. During this time, Mr. Thelen served as assistant vice-president for research and tests, vice-president for mechanical, and vice-president for operations planning and support. We believe that Mr. Thelen can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent combination of practical operational experience and expertise with ECP brakes as Mr. Thelen who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this potential conflict is unavoidable.

Events



Location:

conference call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
Contact Email:  rwassel@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
The meeting was held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Elton Toma



The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Comments from reviewers of the committee's draft report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Compilation of reviewer comments.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 20, 2017


Location:

Conference call
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
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Agenda
The meeting was held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen
Elton Toma


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Preparation of committee's draft Phase-2 letter report for National Academies review.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Committee's draft Phase-2 letter report.
Committee members' written comments.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 23, 2017


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
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Contact Name:  Amelia Mathis
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Agenda
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Room 208

Open Session July 6, 2017
PRELIMINARY AGENDA
10:45 AM (EDT) Opening remarks from committee chair and introduction of committee members
11:00 FRA presentation of testing and analysis results, findings, and conclusions
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 Committee discussion with FRA team
2:00 Stakeholder panelist comments on FRA’s analysis, results, and conclusions
3:00 Opportunity for public comment
4:00 End of open session

WebEx Session:
Open session 10:45AM – 4:00PM Thursday, July 6th, 2017.
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Open Session July 7, 2017
A conference call with FRA representatives is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 to 10:30 AM in case the committee members have additional questions for FRA.

Tentative Conference call information:
Open session 10:00AM – 10:30AM on Friday July 7, 2017.
To join the call, please use the following information:
1. Dial the following number:
* Toll-Free Number (in USA): 866-528-2256
2. When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 4394245#




Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen
Elton Toma


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Open session presentations
Development of committee's Phase 2 letter report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

- EOT and DP Emergency Transmission Field Test Plan, dated May 22, 2017
- ECP, EOT and DP Emergency Transmission Lab Test Plan, June 15, 2017
- FRA Test Rack Data Time Matrix, June 2017
- DOT Response to NAS Letter Report on Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes; Review of Test and Simulations, July 06, 2017
- Cars-Derailed-Punctured, from FRA on July 7, 2017
- FRA_Response _NAS_Report_BCP build-up_Chart, from FRA on July 7, 2017
- RA-16-05 CPR speed effects memo to AAR for NAS use October 2016, from AAR on July 7, 2017
- 2014 revised nprm comments, from AAR on July 7, 2017
- RA 05-02 Safety Performance of Tank Cars in Accidents, from AAR on July 7, 2017
- Suggested data for the NAS committee to request from the FRA and AAR/TTCI, email from Kevin Renze (NTSB) on July 7, 2017
- Response to Request from NAS-TRB Committee, email with attachment from Joseph Brosseau on July 7, 2017

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 13, 2017


Location:

New York Air Brake in Watertown, NY
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Agenda
The US Department of Transportation will conduct laboratory tests of different braking systems at the New York Air Brake facility in Watertown, NY on June 13-14, 2017. DOT and NYAB personnel involved in conducting the tests will hold a pre-test job briefing on the morning of June 13, beginning at 8:15 AM (EDT).

The wrap-up briefing, originally scheduled for June 14, beginning at approximately 4:00 PM (EDT), has ended early. A summary of the briefing will be provided at the committee’s next scheduled meeting (TBD).
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Conway, PA
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Agenda
The US Department of Transportation will conduct tests of different braking systems on a stationary freight train at the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Conway, PA on May 31, 2017. DOT and Norfolk Southern personnel involved in conducting the tests will hold a pre-test job briefing on the morning of May 31st, beginning at 7:45 AM (EDT), and a wrap-up briefing on the morning of June 1st, beginning at 8:00 AM (EDT). Members of the public may call-in to listen to the pre-test or wrap-up briefings by using this toll-free number: 1-(866) 668-0721 and conference Code: 514 366 8870.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
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Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
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Agenda
The meeting was held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen
Elton Toma



The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Reviewer comments on the committee's draft letter report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Reviewer comments

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 06, 2017


Location:

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Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
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Agenda
The meeting was held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen



The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Development of the committee's Phase 1 letter report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

- Committee's draft report
- Test rack data received from New York Air Brake and Wabtec
- Information from the Association of American Railroads brake committee

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 13, 2016


Location:

Conference call
Event Type :  
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
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Agenda
The meeting was held entirely in closed session.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen
Elton Toma


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The committee's draft letter report for Phase 1 of its statement of task.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft letter report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 09, 2016


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
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Agenda
Public Information-Gathering Session
NAS Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC
October 14, 2016

Preliminary Agenda

[NOTE: Instructions for joining the meeting remotely are provided below, after the agenda.]
[NOTE: Presentations from this meeting will be posted on the following website: http://www.trb.org/PolicyStudies/committeemeetingsECP.aspx]

OPEN SESSION, Room 120

10:45 Opening remarks from Louis Lanzerotti and introduction of committee members

11:00 FRA’s analysis and test plan to assess the effectiveness of ECP brakes in reducing the risks associated with HHFT trains
Kevin Kessler, Chief-Rolling Stock R&D, FRA

12:00 Lunch Break

1:00 Committee discussion with FRA team

2:00 Stakeholder panel discussion of FRA’s analysis and test plan

American Association of Railroads
Joe Brosseau, Leader of Communication and Train Control Group, TTCI

American Petroleum Institute
N. Scott Murray, Rail Maintenance Supervisor, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Ron Hynes, Short Line Safety Institute

3:30 Break

3:45 Panel discussion of other testing capabilities:

Joe Brosseau, Leader of Communication and Train Control Group, TTCI

Mike Parisian, Manager Systems Engineering, New York Air Brake

John Halowell, Product Line Manager, Wabtec

4:45 Public comment: Each speaker has a maximum time limit of 5 minutes. Accompanying written materials are encouraged.)

5:30 End of open session

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Gerhard Thelen
Elton Toma



The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Information presented to the committee during the public-information gathering session held on October 14th.

Identification of additional information needs.

The committee's project schedule and DOT's schedule for determining whether the ECP brakes requirement is justified.

Development of the committee's letter report.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

- Statement of Task
- Summary of High-Hazard Flammable Trains Final Rule
- DOT/FRA’s ECP Brake – Analysis and Test Plan
- Sharma Letter Report: Objective Evaluation of Risk Reduction from Tank Car Design & Operations Improvements – Extended Study
- GAO report on ECP brakes; Oct 2016; GAO-17-122

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
October 19, 2016


Location:

Transportation Technology Center
Pueblo, CO
Event Type :  
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Contact Name:  Ray Wassel
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Agenda
Members of the committee will observe a test of tank car integrity at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, CO on September 28, 2016. The testing event is open to the public, but members of the public who wish to witness the test on site must notify TRB staff (RWassel@nas.edu) no later than September 14, 2016. Members of the public are expected to follow all requirements of the Transportation Technology Center, including but not limited to safety rules and limitations on photographs and videotaping.

A preliminary activity schedule for the day of the test is provided below. Please note that unforeseen factors (such as, inclement weather) might necessitate a delay in the scheduled test activities or a change in the test date. Briefings will be provided on site by personnel from US DOT and the Transportation Technology Center before and after the testing event. The briefings will be open to the public and are planned to be webcast. Information for joining the briefing sessions by internet/telephone are provided after the agenda.

Preliminary Agenda for September 28, 2016

Pre-Test Briefing

8:30 AM (MDT) Welcome and Safety Information
Francisco Gonzalez, III (DOT/FRA)

Opening Remarks
Louis Lanzerotti (NAS Committee Chair)

Overview of Full-scale Testing and Analyses
David Jeong (DOT/Volpe Center)

Test Plan for DOT 117
Przemek Rakoczy (TTCI)

Analyses of DOT 117
Michael Carolan (DOT/Volpe Center)

10:00 End of Pre-Test Briefing

10:30 Site visitors view test set up

11:30 Visitors return to briefing location

11:45 Visitors observe impact test

Post-Test Briefing

1:00 Opening Remarks
Louis Lanzerotti (NAS Committee Chair)

Test Follow-Up Remarks
Francisco Gonzalez, III (DOT/FRA)

2:30 Public Comment
[Send an email to rwassel@nas.edu by 1:30 PM (MDT) on Sept 28th if you wish to make a comment]

3:00 End of Post-Test Briefing


Information for joining the sessions via internet/telephone:

Pre-Test Briefing Session 1:
8:30AM to 10:15 AM (MDT) (morning session)

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

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Conference Call
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
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Agenda

The meeting was held entirely in closed session.

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Louis Lanzerotti (chair)
Mehdi Ahmadian
Marshall Beck
Philip Daum
Jenny Ferren
Roger McCarthy
Raúl Radovitzky
Patrick Student
Elton Toma


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Overview of Academies’ Study Policies and Procedures.
Committee Members’ Backgrounds and Potential Sources of Bias and Conflict of Interest.
Committee's Task and Study Approach.


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Statement of Task
High-Hazard Flammable Trains Final Rule
DOT/FRA's ECP Brake – Analysis and Test Plan
Test Implementation Plan for FRA Tank Car Side Impact

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 22, 2016

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