Understanding track loading requirements to achieve better track design

Y. Bezin, Sergio Neves, I. Grossoni, A. Kaushal

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This paper reviews current track loading requirements for ballasted and ballastless track. Typical vehicle-track interaction loads are described along with their influential factors. Limits and influential factors are analysed against statistical evidence from vehicle dynamics measurements. Additional load combinations are presented as potentially relevant for track design. Discussion focuses 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the third international conference on railway technology
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, development and maintenanc
EditorsJ Pombo
PublisherCivil-Comp Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781905088652
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3rd International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance - Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Duration: 5 Apr 20168 Apr 2016
Conference number: 3
http://www.civil-comp.com/conf/rw2016/rw2016.htm (Link to Conference Website)

Publication series

NameCivil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1759-3433


Conference3rd International Conference on Railway Technology
Internet address


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