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Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards - Phase 2
Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards - Phase 2
Report Number: IDEA-59
This project builds on the successfully completed Transit IDEA Project 44, Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards. The purpose of this project is to test and demonstrate an operational high speed system to clean and recoat in-place the fiberglass reinforced plastic cover boards on electrified third rails  for rail rapid transit systems. The problem is that the ultraviolet action of the sun on the cover board degrades the protective gel coat and delaminates the glass fibers. The weakened cover board can be blown away by high winds or fall on the third rail. Traction power is lost and the rail system shuts down.
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