The Educational Railroading Conference Leader Since 1994


Heavy Haul Sessions Speaker:


Eric E. Magel, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.

Eric E. Magel, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.
Principal Engineer, Rolling Contact Fatigue
NRC Canada

Biography: Eric Magel is a Principal Engineer at the National Research Council of Canada, where he has worked for the past 20 years providing research and consulting services for problems in noise, friction, wear and fatigue in rolling contacts.

Eric started his career with Ontario Hydro studying the wear of nuclear steam generator tubes before joining Joe Kalousek at NRC in Vancouver. Since then, he has focused on rolling contacts, mostly in the railway industry. He has consulted on various wheel/rail problems for more than 30 passenger and freight-systems on every continent except Antarctica. His current work is focused on the measurement and quantification of rolling contact fatigue (RCF) damage and the safety implications of rail wear and RCF. He is also coordinating an International Collaborative Research Initiative (ICRI) on wear and RCF of rails and wheels.

Eric holds a B.Eng. (mechanical) and a Master’s degree in Engineering (specializing in Tribology).