Probabilistic analysis of train-track vertical impact forces

Leong, Jeffrey & Murray, Martin H. (2008) Probabilistic analysis of train-track vertical impact forces. Transport, 161(TR1), pp. 15-21.

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As part of a project developing a new limit states design method for prestressed concrete railway sleepers, extensive measurements were conducted of vertical impact forces exerted by trains on track. The vertical impact forces due to defects in the train wheels were found to occur randomly and followed an exponential distribution with time. This distribution is used to predict return periods for various levels of impact forces, needed for limit states design of sleepers. The effect of train speed was studied and showed that doubling the speed of a train would increase impact forces by about 140% for a wide range of return periods, but increasing the return period from 25 years to 200 years increased the impact force by only 10% to 15%. Applying a proposed cumulative damage model to the Monte Carlo method, it was found that the return period used for potential design of sleepers had little effect on the rate of sleeper failure in the period up to 20 years sleeper age, but that the return period had a large effect after that time.

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ID Code: 15558
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: railway, track, train, impact, probabilistic, forces
DOI: 10.1680/tran.2008.161.1.15
ISSN: 0965-092X
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 2008 Thomas Telford
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:42

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