Establishing meaningful results from models of railway track dynamic behaviour

Steffens, David & Murray, Martin (2005) Establishing meaningful results from models of railway track dynamic behaviour. In Jorge, Cristiano (Ed.) 8th International Heavy Haul Conference, 14-16 June, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Traditional empirical methods of designing railway track rely on simplistic impact factor methods that crudely represent the complex dynamic behaviour of track and train interaction and of the defects that give rise to damaging forces. Various analytical models have been developed around the world to help the track design engineer better understand the consequences of variations and innovations in track design. The creators of six recently developed models from Canada, China, Germany, Sweden, USA and UK were invited to participate in a benchmarking exercise to allow comparison of the operation, outputs and applicability of those models. Although detailed instructions were given to the benchmark participants, variations in interpretation, complexity and underlying theory of each model led to differences in outputs. This paper provides some guidance in interpreting these differences and compares the results to those obtained from traditional design processes.

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ID Code: 11002
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference website (see hypertext link) or contact the authors.
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Keywords: railway track, dynamic analysis, models
ISBN: 0646334638
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 IHHA
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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