Minimising the failure of rail joints through managing the localised condition of track

Askarinejad, Hossein & Dhanasekar, Manicka (2015) Minimising the failure of rail joints through managing the localised condition of track. In Forde, Michael C. (Ed.) Railway Engineering 2015, Edingburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 1-9.


To effectively address the high rate of failure of Insulated Rail Joints (IRJs) in the heavy haul lines, a research plan was designed and implemented with particular attention to understand their mechanical behaviour and deterioration process. In this paper, part of this ongoing research is described. During the past decades many studies have tried to improve the service life of IRJs by introducing a new structural design or material for IRJ components. This paper looks into this problem from a different perspective highlighting the significance of localised condition of track to the loads and responses of the IRJs. Results from a series of field measurements conducted in a rail track within the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) network are discussed. The interactive effects of IRJ responses and localised track condition are further investigated using the results obtained from numerical simulations. The field measurements and the simulation results provide valuable insight on the influence of track condition to the behaviour of IRJs.

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ID Code: 85444
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rail joints, Track condition, Vehicle-track interaction, Track dynamics
ISBN: 0947644806
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2015 23:02
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:48

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