Load impact on railway track due to unsupported sleepers
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part F, journal of rail and rapid transit, ISSN 0954-4097, Vol. 219, no 2, 67-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Ballasted railway tracks will settle as a result of permanent deformations in the ballast and in the underlying material layers. The settlement is caused by the repeated traffic loading and the severity of the settlement depends on the quality and the behaviour of the ballast, the sub-ballast, and the subgrade.
As the behaviour of the material is not exactly the same under all sleepers, and since the loading of the track is irregular, the amount of settlement will differ from one sleeper to another. A result of this is that the sleepers are not always fully supported, and some sleepers may even become completely unsupported (voided). A gap appears between the sleeper and the ballast bed. As soon as the track geometry starts to deteriorate, the variations of the train/track interaction force increase, and this speeds up the track deterioration rate.
This paper presents a computer model by which the dynamic train/track interaction can be simulated. The influence of one or several voided sleepers on the train/track interaction force and on the track dynamics is investigated. Track settlement due to hanging sleeper(s) is discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 219, no 2, 67-77 p.
unsupported sleeper, train/track interaction, railway model, track settlement
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46081DOI: 10.1243/095440905X8790ISI: 000231159600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46081DiVA: diva2:266977