Early warning mechanism for rail faults wins $250,000 grant
A proposal for an early warning mechanism that can detect potential faults in the rail system has been awarded a grant by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the foundation said on Monday.
Currently, train inspections are carried out during off-service hours using a dedicated vehicle installed with sensors and instruments run on the railway tracks.
Rail defects which occur outside inspection hours may not be detected. But with this real-time radiowave monitoring system, any signs of faulty components associated with the electrical system can be detected instantly and repaired.
This idea was proposed by engineering expert Associate Professor See Kye Yak of the Nanyang Technological University. It is one of the nine projects that received a $250,000 grant under the 9th Proof-of-Concept (POC) Grant Call organised by NRF. Awardees are given a year to commercialise their ideas.