Editorial for S&C benchmark special issue

Björn A. Pålsson, Yann Bezin

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Switches and Crossings (S&C, turnouts) constitute key components in railway networks as they allow for trains to change track. This functionality comes at a cost as the rail discontinuities in switches and crossings induce greater loading and faster degradation compared to plain line. S&C are frequently characterised as ‘hungry assets’ with maintenance costs equivalent to about 0.3 km of plain line track [Citation1]. It is therefore clear that modelling and simulation efforts that can further the understanding of S&C performance and allow for design optimisation is extremely valuable in a stressed economical context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-643
Number of pages5
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue number3
Early online date18 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


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