UND Professor Receives National Attention On His Knowledge Of Train Disasters

Related to his latest book, Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters, George Bibel, University of North Dakota professor of mechanical engineering, has been garnering a lot of big-time media attention recently.

In the past few months, Bibel has been interviewed by CNN (Bibel interview), Scientific American, Voice of America and Popular Science about rail accidents around the world.

Also, Scientific American featured a 10-page excerpt from Bibel’s new book, Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters . In a separate Scientific American article, Bibel discussed potential causes for the recent Spanish high-speed train crash. The article was titled Spanish High-Speed Train Crash Offers Saftey-System Lessons.

Bibel also wrote Why Can’t Modern Technology Prevent Train Wrecks for the Huffington Post.

In his new book, Bibel features incidences of trains gone wrong, the detective work of finding out what caused the problems and the safety improvements that were discovered because of the disasters. The book showcases runaway trains, bearing failures, metal fatigue, crash testing, collision dynamics and bad rails.

Bibel is a professor in the UND College of Engineering and Mines whose research interests include engineering disasters, material failure analysis, finite element analysis, pressure-vessel component design and materials.


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