Centre for Surface Transportation Technology

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The Centre for Surface Transportation Technology (CSTT) conducts surface transportation research, development engineering and vehicle and systems testing of rail and road transportation.[1] Since 1995, CSTT has operated as an autonomous, self-supporting institute within the National Research Council (NRC).

R&D, engineering, and testing areas[edit]

—Heavy vehicle research and engineering design—Development and prototyping support for vehicle systems—Suspension optimization and anaysis—Mobility analysis and enhancement—Rail vehicle / track anaysis and solutions—Preventative maintenance solutions and refurbishment programs—Dynamic and structural computer modeling, analysis and software solutions—Field and laboratory testing—Problem characterization and solution—Environmental simulation and analysis—Testing and consulting for improving the performance of vehicles and their components under severe climatic conditions from -45 C to +55 C -- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) design and test engineering—Power management systems design and development—Custom communications cable manufacturing—Technical documentation.[1]

Main campus[edit]

CSTT is located on a 51-acre (210,000 m2) campus located near the Ottawa International Airport. Facilities include: -- a climatic chamber (the largest with rail access in Canada) -- a heavy vehicle tilt facility—a rail vehicle impact ramp—a massive squeeze and tension frame—vibration testing facilities for vehicles, sub-assemblies and components—facilities to test wheels, railway trucks, bearings and brakes—heavy vehicles workshops.

Proving grounds[edit]

Off-road testing is conducted at a 450-acre (1.8 km2) proving grounds in Ottawa's east end. The calibrated test course includes: -- paved high-speed tracks—soft soil—rock outcroppings—Belgian pave—granite blocks—30 to 60 percent slopes—20, 30 and 40 percent side slopes—a concrete sine wave course, and—a frame twister.


  1. ^ "CSTT Field Testing Services". Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

Annual report / Centre for Surface Transportation Technology. -- [Ottawa] : National Research Council Canada, Centre for Surface Transportation Technology, 1993-

Utilization of recycled tire rubber in asphalt pavements : progress report on literature and patent research / authors, Ludo Zanzotto, Otto Svec ; prepared by Bituminous Materials Group at Novacor Research and Technology Corporation and Centre for Surface Transportation Technology, National Research Council of Canada. -- [Canada] : Novacor Research and Technology Corporation, 1993.

Computer simulation analysis of Canadian logging trucks = Analyse de simulation informatique des camions forestiers au Canada / X. Tong, B. Tabarrok, M. El-Gindy. -- [Ottawa] : National Research Council Canada, Centre for Surface Transportation Technology, 1995.

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