Effects of particle size distribution in the response of model granular materials in multi-ring shear

Dareeju, Biyanvilage, Gallage, Chaminda, Dhanasekar, Manicka, & Ishikawa, Tatsuya (2015) Effects of particle size distribution in the response of model granular materials in multi-ring shear. In International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering ICGE Colombo 2015, 10 -11 August 2015, Colombo, Sri lanka.


Rail track undergoes complex loading patterns under moving traffic conditions compared to roads due to its continued and discontinued multi-layered structure, including rail, sleepers, ballast layer, sub-ballast layer, and subgrade. Particle size distributions (PSDs) of ballast, subballast, and subgrade layers can be critical in cyclic plastic deformation of rail track under moving traffic on frequent track degradation of rail tracks, especially at bridge transition zones. Conventional test approaches: static shear and cyclic single-point load tests are however unable to replicate actual loading patterns of moving train. Multi-ring shear apparatus; a new type of torsional simple shear apparatus, which can reproduce moving traffic conditions, was used in this study to investigate influence of particle size distribution of rail track layers on cyclic plastic deformation. Three particle size distributions, using glass beads were examined under different loading patterns: cyclic sin-gle-point load, and cyclic moving wheel load to evaluate cyclic plastic deformation of rail track under different loading methods. The results of these tests suggest that particle size distributions of rail track structural layers have significant impacts on cyclic plastic deformation under moving train load. Further, the limitations in con-ventional test methods used in laboratories to estimate the plastic deformation of rail track materials lead to underestimate the plastic deformation of rail tracks.

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ID Code: 90876
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Plastic deformation, Multi-ring shear apparatus, Particle size distribution, Principal stress rotation
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2015 05:26
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 16:21

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