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Railway infrastructure is naturally a complex system. Its behaviours, geometry and alignment, wheel-rail forces and operational parameters such as tractive efforts are often found to be nonlinear and asymmetrical. Not only does the complex train-track interaction generate vertical impact loading, but the curving behavior of the train body also induce dynamic lateral force acting on the rail. This paper presents a numerical simulation of a standard-gauge concrete sleepers, taking into account the tensionless nature of ballast support. The finite element model was calibrated using static and dynamic responses using past experiments. Previous extensive studies established that the two-dimensional Timoshenko beam model is the most suitable option for modeling concrete sleepers under vertical loads. In this investigation, the finite element model of Timoshenko-like concrete sleeper has been previously developed and calibrated against the numerical and experimental modal parameters. The influences coupling loads on the dynamic behaviours of concrete sleepers are investigated. In addition, it is the first to demonstrate the effects of material damping on the dynamic spectra of railway sleepers. The insight from this study will improve the material design criteria in order to improve train-turnout interaction and ride comfort.

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Wim van Keulen

owner, VANKEULEN advies
expert in low-noise pavements: - psycho-acoustical labelling,- contracts,- courses,- product development,- questionnaires,- measurements.


Monday July 8, 2019 17:50 - 18:10 EDT
Outremont 5
  T15 Road & rlway noise & vibr., RS01 Railway noise & vibr