Mr Mitchell Mcclanachan Engineering / School of Engineering and Technology

Railway Research Engineer

MEng

Contact Details

Email: m.mcclanachan@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 4930 6424 - Ext: 56424

Office Location

Room 1.20

Building 70

About Me

I have been a railway engineering researcher at the Centre for Railway Engineering - Central Queensland University since 1995. My research area includes railway vehicle dynamics, simulation, testing, evaluation, optimisation and development of smart systems. My current research is the optimisation of train control to minimise fuel, time and dynamics.

Professional Experience

Rail vehicle dynamics

Rail vehicle testing

Rail vehicle computer modelling

Data acquisition systems

Ruggedised computer systems

Field Instrumentation

Automatic monitoring systems

Structural Stress and Fatigue

Involved in full time railway research since 1995.

2006 - Rail CRC funded projects

2005-2003
Train dynamics management project, Stage C: for Queensland Railway to
improve the safety and efficiency of rail operations.

2003-2001
Train dynamics management project, Stage B: for Queensland Railway to
improve the safety and efficiency of rail operations.

2002
Derailment severity: Worldwide Survey and Report on Systems to Reduce the
Severity of Derailments

2001-1999
Train dynamics management project, Stage A: for Queensland Railway to
improve the safety and efficiency of rail operations.

1999-1995
Masters degree by research, ‘Investigation of Extreme Wagon Dynamics in
Central Queensland Coal Trains’

1997-1995
Coal Train Dynamics Stage B: Dynamic testing and analysis of a coal train in
revenue raising operation from Callemondah to Central Queensland coal mines.

1995
Coal Train Dynamics Stage A: Dynamic testing and analysis of a coal wagon in
revenue raising trains from Callemondah to Central Queensland coal mines.

Professional Interests

Heavy Haul Train Operation Optimisation / Optimization

Grants

2013 - 2014, $150,000, RDSO Train Simulation Software Course (Commissioned Component)

2013, $50,000, Train Simulation Consultancies (Commissioned Component)

2011 - 2013, $104,000, Rail CRC Trackworker Safety Project (Chief Investigator)

2012 - 2013, $40,000, Rail CRC Hybrid Traction Study (Commissioned Component)

2009 - 2011, $25,000, QLD Smart State Grant, Train Control Optimisation (Chief Investigator)

2008 - 2010, $30,000, Rail CRC Short Pitch Irregularities (Commissioned Component)

2007, $50,000, Rail CRC Rail Electronic Braking System (Chief Investigator)

2006 - 2009, $400,000, Intelligent Train Monitor System (Chief Investigator)

2006 - 2007, $92,000, Rail CRC Australian Brake System Modelling (Chief Investigator)

2003 - 2005, $800,000, Train Dynamics Management Project Stage C (Chief Investigator)

2005, $107,000 Bogie Acceptance Testing (Chief Investigator)

2004 - 2005, $129,000 Railway Fatigue Field Tests (Chief Investigator)

1995 - 2005 $500,000, Other Grants (Totaling $2.9Million) Involvement (Commissioned Components)
ENGINEERING
Mechanical Engineering - Automation and Control Engineering
My research area includes railway vehicle dynamics, simulation, testing, evaluation, optimisation and development of smart systems. My current research is the optimisation of train control to minimise fuel, time and dynamics.
Mechanical Engineering - Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control
My research area includes railway vehicle dynamics.
Conference paper

Sayem, A. B. M., Taylor, B., Mcclanachan, M., & Mumtahina, U. (2017). Effective use of Zoom technology and instructional videos to improve engagement and success of distance students in engineering. In N. Huda, D. Inglis, N. Tse, & G. Town (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017) (pp. 926-931). Sydney, NSW: Australasian Association of Engineering Education. Retrieved from http://www.aaee.net.au/index.php/program

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Mcclanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2017). Energy, time and longitudinal train dynamics costs using energy optimised driving strategies in heavy haul trains. In AusRail Plus 2017: Rail's Digital Revolution (pp. 1-9). Kingston, ACT Australia: Australian Railway Association. Retrieved from https://s3.amazonaws.com/

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2016). The effect of energy and time efficient driving strategies on longitudinal heavy haul train dynamics. In Conference proceedings of the Conference on Railway Excellence: CORE2016: Maintaining the momentum (pp. 420-429). Barton, ACT: The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA). Retrieved from https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=435600046299796;res=IELENG

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Cole, C., Spiryagin, M., Sun, Y., & McClanachan, M. (2013). A study of starting dynamics in heavy haul trains. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Dynamics Vehicles on Roads and Tracks, 19th - 23rd August 2013, Southwest Jiaotong University, Qingdao, China. (pp. 1-8). Qingdao, China: Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

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Cole, C., Spiryagin, M., Sun, Y., & McClanachan, M. (2013). Investigation of hybrid locomotive options for mixed freight and inter-modal trains. In 10th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR2013), Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, 25th-28th November 2013. (pp. 1-7). Brisbane, Qld: CRC for Rail Innovation.

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2013). Multi-parameter optimisation of train control. In 10th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR2013), Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, 25th-28th November 2013. (pp. 1-6). Brisbane, Qld: CRC for Rail Innovation.

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2013). Optimising driving strategies for long heavy haul trains. In Proceedings : 10th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Capacity building through heavy haul operation, 4-6 February, New Delhi, India. vol. 1 (pp. 830-837). Archana; New Delhi; India: Indian Railways.

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McClanachan, M., Noorudheen, N., Dell, G., & Toft, Y. (2013). Socio-technical analysis of technology to improve track worker safety. In 10th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR2013), Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia, 25th-28th November 2013. (pp. 1-6). Brisbane, Qld: CRC for Rail Innovation.

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2012). Optimisation of driving strategies for long coal trains. In Central Region Engineering Conference 2012 proceedings,10-11 August, 2012, Rockhampton, Queensland. (pp. 46-51). Rockhampton, Queensland: Engineers Australia. Retrieved from https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2012). Optimising the operation of a heavy haul train. In CORE2012 : Global Perspectives ; Conference on Railway Engineering, 10-12 September 2012, Brisbane, Australia (pp. 569-579). Barton, A.C.T.: RTSA.

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Noorudheen, N., McClanachan, M., & Toft, Y. (2012). Track worker safety : investigating the contributing factors and technology solutions. In CORE2012 : Global Perspectives ; Conference on Railway Engineering, 10-12 September 2012, Brisbane, Australia M. Dhanasekar, T. Constable, & D. Schonfeld (eds.). (pp. 91-100). Barton, A.C.T.: RTSA.

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Spiryagin, M., Sun, Y., & Kreiser, D. (2011). Wagon instability in long trains. In IAVSD 2011: 22nd International Symposium on dynamics of vehicles on roads and tracks, Manchester, UK, 14th - 19th August. (pp. 1-6). Manchester, UK: Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Sun, Y., Cole, C., & McClanachan, M. (2009). Calculation of wheel impact force due to interaction between vehicle and a turnout. In Proceedings : 9th International Heavy Haul Conference (IHHC 2009), Shanghai, China, 22nd - 24th June, 2009. (pp. 323-333). Beijing, China: China Railway Publishing House.

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Sun, Y., McClanachan, M., Wilson, A., Kaewunruen, S., Kerr, M., & Cole, C. (2009). Rail short-wavelength irregularity identification based on wheel-rail impact response measurements and simulations. In Proceedings : 9th International Heavy Haul Conference (IHHC 2009), Shanghai, China, 22nd - 24th June, 2009. (pp. 210-218). Beijing, China: China Railway Publishing House.

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Simson, S., McLeod, T., & Phelan, J. (2009). Train cruise control. In Proceedings : 9th International Heavy Haul Conference (IHHC 2009), Shanghai, China, 22nd - 24th June, 2009. (pp. 638-645). Beijing, China: China Railway Publishing House.

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McClanachan, M., & Payne, B. (2008). Improving brake propagation in long freight trains. In Conference proceedings : Conference on railway engineering (CORE 2008), Perth, Western Australia, 7-10 September 2008. (pp. 537-548). Perth, WA.: Railway Technical Society of Australasia. Retrieved from http://core2008.org/papers/abstracts/mitchell-mcclanachan.php

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McClanachan, M., & Phelan, J. (2008). Intelligent train monitor developments. In Conference proceedings : Conference on railway engineering (CORE 2008), Perth, Western Australia, 7-10 September 2008. (pp. 385-394). Australia: RTSA.

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McClanachan, M., Scown, B., Roach, D., Skerman, D., & Payne, B. (2001). Autonomous detection of severe wagon-track interaction dynamics. In Confronting the barriers of heavy haul rail technology : proceedings : 7th International Heavy Haul Conference, Brisbane, Australia 10 - 14 June 2001. (pp. 305-312). Virginia Beach, Va.: IHHA.

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Simson, S., & Skerman, D. (2006). Evaluating the performance of 3-piece bogies on short defects and with unequal wheel diameters. In Proceedings of the Conference On Railway Engineering : Rail Achieving Growth. (pp. 49-60). Melbourne, Vic.: Rail Technical Society of Australasia.

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Cole, C., Sun, Y., McClanachan, M., & McLeod, T. (2007). Evaluation of on-wagon performance data measuring systems. In Proceedings of International Heavy Haul Conference specialist technical session : high tech in heavy haul, 11th-13th June 2007, Lulea, Sweden. (pp. 589-597). Lulea, Sweden: International Heavy Haul Association Inc..

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Roach, D., Lesch, G., van der Westhuizen, F., & McLeod, T. (2001). Heavy haul coal train dynamics simulation comparisons of the COALlink and Central Queensland systems. In Confronting the barriers of heavy haul rail technology : proceedings : 7th International Heavy Haul Conference, Brisbane, Australia 10 - 14 June 2001. (pp. 217-223). Virginia Beach, Va.: IHHA.

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McClanachan, M., Handoko, Y., Dhanasekar, M., Skerman, D., & Davey, J. (2003). Modelling freight wagon dynamics. In Dynamics of vehicles on roads and on tracks : proceedings of the 18th IAVSD symposium held in Kanagawa, Japan, August 24-30, 2003 (pp. 438-447). London, U.K.: Taylor & Francis.

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McClanachan, M., Dhanasekar, M., Skerman, D., & Davey, J. (2002). Monitoring the dynamics of freight wagons. In CORE2002 : cost efficient railways through engineering : conference proceedings (pp. 213-222). Wollongong, N.S.W.: Rail Track Association Australia.

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., & McLeod, T. (2004). Prediction of future train states using neural networks. In CORE 2004 : New Horizons for Rail Conference Proceedings : Conference on Railway Engineering, Holiday Inn Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia, June 20-23 2004. (pp. 41.1-41.8). Kingston, ACT: Railway Technical Society of Australasia.

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Book

Spiryagin, M., Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Spiryagin, V., & McSweeney, T. (2014). Design and simulation of rail vehicles. New York, NY: CRC Press. Retrieved from http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466575660

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Journal article

Noorudheen, N., McClanachan, M., Toft, Y., & Dell, G. (2013). Keeping track workers safe : a socio-technical analyis of emerging systems and technology. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F : Journal of rail and rapid transit., 227(5), 517-528. doi:10.1177/0954409713501654

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McClanachan, M., & Cole, C. (2012). Current train control optimization methods with a view for application in heavy haul railways. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F : Journal of rail and rapid transit., 226(1), 36-47. doi:10.1177/0954409711406352

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Cole, C., McClanachan, M., Spiryagin, M., & Sun, Y. (2012). Wagon instability in long trains. Vehicle system dynamics : international journal of vehicle mechanics and mobility., 50(sup1), 303-317. doi:10.1080/00423114.2012.659742

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Sun, Y., Cole, C., & McClanachan, M. (2010). The calculation of wheel impact force due to the interaction between vehicle and a turnout. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F : Journal of rail and rapid transit., 224(F:5), 391-403. doi:10.1243/09544097JRRT350

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Thesis / Dissertation

McClanachan, M. (1999). Investigation of extreme wagon dynamics in Central Queensland coal trains. (Master's Thesis, Central Queensland University).

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