Identification and Development of a Model of Railway Track Dynamic Behaviour

Steffens, David Martyn (2005) Identification and Development of a Model of Railway Track Dynamic Behaviour. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The research presented in this thesis has identified and developed a sophisticated computer model for the analysis of railway track dynamic behaviour to be used by the Rail Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies (Rail CRC) in Australia.

To be competitive railway track owners need to extract as much performance as possible from their asset without serviceability or catastrophic failure. Railway track designers therefore need to develop more knowledge of the static and dynamic loadings that track may be subjected to in its lifetime. This would be best undertaken using computer modelling capable of quantifying the effects of train speed, traffic

mix, wheel impact loading and distribution of vehicle loads into the track.

A comprehensive set of criteria for the selection of a model of track dynamic behaviour was developed. An international review of state-of-the-art models which represented the railway track structure under the loading of a passing train was undertaken. The models' capabilities were assessed and a number of potential models identified.

A benchmark test was initiated to compare current models available throughout the international railway research community. This unique benchmark test engaged six researchers to compare their railway track models using a set of theoretical vehicle and track data. The benchmark results showed that significantly different results may be obtained by models, depending on the assumptions of the user in representing a particular track scenario. Differing complexities and modelling methods, the number of different input parameters required and the representation of the irregularities in the wheel and rail all have effect on the results produced.

As a result of these initiatives, the DARTS (Dynamic Analysis of Rail Track Structures) computer model was chosen for use by the Rail CRC. A user-friendly interface was created for DARTS by the writer, which was readily interpretable by railway design engineers. At the time of writing, DARTS was found to be suitable for detailed investigations planned by the Rail CRC for future research and was

provided for use through an Intellectual Property agreement with its author.

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ID Code: 16029
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Murray, Martin, Ferreira, Luis, & Powell, John
Keywords: Railway, Engineering, DARTS, Dynamic Analysis of Rail Track Structures, Rail cooperative research centre, Railway engineering
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Department: Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright David Martyn Steffens
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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