Technical Committees

Committee 30 - Ties

Track Functional Group

This committee is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices and information relating to:

  • Characterization of the load environment and performance of cross ties in track.
  • Specifications for design of concrete to be used in the manufacture of concrete ties or switch ties.
  • Design and use of concrete ties, including devices or systems for fastening rail to the ties.
  • Evaluation of rail seat deterioration of concrete ties.
  • Design, handling, preservation, inspection, and disposal of wood cross ties and wood switch ties.
  • Maintenance of records and data pertaining to the service life and economic use of wood ties.
  • Design, material properties, and general considerations for engineered composite ties.
  • Evaluative tests for tie systems.

Chair

Scott Tripple

Manager, Track Projects

Pandrol USA

Email: s.tripple@pandrolusa.com

Vice Chair

Marcus S. Dersch, PE

Senior Research Engineer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: mdersch2@illinois.edu

Secretary

Steven Melniczuk

Sr Engineer of Specs and Inspections

Amtrak

Email: steven.melniczuk@amtrak.com

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Posted 11/15/17

Meeting Minutes:

Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

Subcommittee 2: Wood preservatives and preservative treatment of forest products and wood tie disposals.

C2-1-96: Keep up to date specifications for handling, seasoning, conditioning and preservation of forest products. Ongoing assignment.

D2-1-15: Research the upcoming EPA legislation governing the disposal of Borate treated ties. Research ways to identify and classify scrap ties and include in manual.Ongoing assignment.

C2-1-16: Development of Performance Specification for Crossties, Switch Ties and Crossing Ties. Ongoing assignment.

C2-2-16: Develop and maintain manual materials related to Engineered Wood Product (EWP) Composite Ties. The material will remain in Part 5 of the chapter. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 4: Concrete Ties.

C4-1-15: Research on new concrete technology. Ongoing assignment.

C4-2-15: Work in conjunction with Committee 12 to add more relevant and substantial data for transit ties.Ongoing assignment.

D4-3-15: Research tie pads and ballast pads and include in Chapter 30.Ongoing assignment.

C4-1-16: Development of Performance Specification for Crossties, Switch Ties and Crossing Ties. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 5: Fasteners.

C5-1-15: Research on new fastener technology. Ongoing assignment.

C5-1-16: Development of Performance Specification for Crossties, Switch Ties and Crossing Ties. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 6: Engineered Composite Ties.

C6-1-16: Development of Performance Specification for Crossties, Switch Ties and Crossing Ties. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 7: Steel Ties.

C7-1-16: Development of Performance Specification for Crossties, Switch Ties and Crossing Ties. Ongoing assignment.