Structural and material characterisation of insulated rail joints

Zong, Nannan, Wexler, David, & Dhanasekar, Manicka (2013) Structural and material characterisation of insulated rail joints. Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, 13(1), pp. 75-87.

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Insulated rail joints are designed in a similar way to butt jointed steel structural systems, the difference being a purpose made gap between the main rail members to maintain electrical insulation for the proper functioning of the track circuitry at all times of train operation. When loaded wheels pass the gap, they induce an impact loading with the corresponding strains in the railhead edges exceeding the plastic limit significantly, which lead to metal flow across the gap thereby increasing the risk of short circuiting and impeding the proper functioning of the signalling and broken rail identification circuitries, of which the joints are a critical part. The performance of insulated rail joints under the passage of the wheel loading is complex due to the presence of a number of interacting components and hence is not well understood. This paper presents a dynamic wheel-rail contact-impact modelling method for the determination of the impact loading; a brief description of a field experiment to capture strain signatures for validating the predicted impact loading is also presented. The process and the results of the characterisation of the materials from virgin, in-service and damaged insulated rail joints using neutron diffraction method are also discussed.

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ID Code: 69121
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Beam-columns, Joints, Concrete, Steel, Finite Element Analysis
ISSN: 1443-9255
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 E J S E International Ltd.
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2014 01:54
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 00:53

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