Modelling rail track deterioration and maintenance: current practices and future needs

Ferreira, Luis & Murray, Martin H. (1997) Modelling rail track deterioration and maintenance: current practices and future needs. Transport Reviews, 17(3), 207 -221.

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As commercialisation and privatisation of railway systems reach the political agendas in a number of countries, including Australia, the separation of infrastructure from operating business dictates that track costs need to be shared on an equitable basis.

There is also a world-wide trend towards increased pressures on rail track infrastructure through increases in axle loads and train speeds. Such productivity and customer service driven pressures inevitably lead to reductions in the life of track components and increases in track maintenance costs.

This paper provides a state-of-the-art review of track degradation modeling, as well as an overview of track maintenance decision support systems currently in use in North America and Europe. The essential elements of a maintenance optimisation model currently under development are also highlighted.

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ID Code: 2518
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: modelling, rail track, deterioration, maintenance
ISSN: 1464-5327
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 1997 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Transport Reviews 17(3):207 -221.
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:28

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