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Understanding track loading requirements to achieve better track design

Bezin, Yann, Neves, Sérgio, Grossoni, Ilaria and Kaushal, Aniruddha (2016) Understanding track loading requirements to achieve better track design. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance. Civil-Comp. ISBN 9781905088652

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This paper reviews current track loading requirement (ballasted and ballastless) Typical vehicle-track interaction loads are described along with their influential factors. Limits and influential factors are analysed against statistical evidence from vehicle dynamics measurement. Additional load combinations are presented as potentially relevant for track design. Discussion are made on the potential reduction of load from improved vehicle performance and slab track improved geometry, areas which might bear some benefits in terms of cost reduction for future slab track designs. This paper demonstrates that both vehicle measurement and simulations can provide an important source of information in terms of expected track loading and their limit values to help achieve cost reduction in track design.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vehicle-track interaction, vehicle dynamics, track forces, track design, ballast, ballastless
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Institute of Railway Research
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 10:39


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