Communications, Signals & Information Technology Functional Group

Technical Committee 38 – Information, Defect Detection & Energy Systems

The purpose of this committee is to develop concepts, provide information and recommend practices for the installation, operation and maintenance of equipment and systems for defect detection, automated train operation, yard and terminal control and other special applications.

Chair

John D. Danyluk

Product Manager, Principal

MeteorComm LLC

Email: john@danyluk.com

Vice Chair

Spencer Furgeson

Engineer Systems Detectors

BNSF Railway

Email: Spencer.Furgeson@BNSF.com

Secretary

Paul E. Younger

President

Nebraska Signal Design & Support, Inc.

Email: paulyounger@epbfi.com

Subcommittees & Current Assignments

Subcommittee 1: Equipment Applications.

  • Responsible for updating AREMA C&S Manual Parts concerning defect detectors, yard systems and winter switch protection devices.
  • Responsible for development of new recommended practices for new technology as applied to defect detection, yard systems and winter switch protection devices.
  • Industry survey of defect detector technology.
  • Areas of investigation include:
    • Defect detectors
      • Hot Bearing detectors
      • Hot/Cold Wheel detectors
      • Acoustical bearing detectors
      • Dragging equipment detectors
      • High-wide/shifted load detectors
      • Wayside Inspection systems
      • Ballast Integrity detectors
      • Rock Fall and Slide detectors
      • High Water detectors
      • Car detectors
      • Wheel detectors
      • Bridge Fire detectors
    • Yard Systems including
      • Control systems
      • Retarders
    • Winter Switch Protection systems

Subcommittee 2: Electromagnetic Compatibility.

  • Responsible for updating AREMA C&S Manual Parts concerning recommended practices for environmental requirements, EMC/EMI, and surge protection.
  • Responsible for development of new recommended practices as applied to environmental requirements, EMC/EMI, and surge protection.
  • Areas of investigation include:
    • Equipment Environmental Requirements
    • Electromagnetic Compatibility Immunity and Emissions Testing
    • Surge Protection and Grounding

Subcommittee 3: Energy Systems and Wire & Cable

  • Responsible for updating AREMA C&S Manual Parts concerning standby power systems, batteries, battery chargers, and wire and cable.
  • Responsible for development of new recommended practices for new technology as applied standby power systems, batteries, battery chargers, and wire and cable.
  • Areas of investigation include:
    • Standby Power Batteries
    • Battery Chargers
    • Solar Power Systems
    • Wind generators
    • Fuel Cells
    • Wire and Cable Insulating Materials
    • Wire and Cable Construction