Numerical Investigation of Impact Load Effects on Railroad Track Systems

The objective of this project is to use a quantitative approach to addressing design factors to provide economies in future concrete crosstie designs based on probability of exceedance and other metrics that relate to the residual capacity and factors of safety for rail transit infrastructure. Increases in the number of new rail transit projects in North America has generated renewed interest in optimizing the design of the track infrastructure and its components. In North America, many track component design guidelines use historical wheel loads and design loading factors. These design factors may not be representative of the loading experienced on rail networks today, leading to over-designed infrastructure components. Therefore, this project aim to lay the groundwork for an improved understanding of the loading environment entering the track structure using wheel loads data obtained from recently deployed field instrumentation and existing wheel impact load detectors (WILDs). This study evaluates existing design impact factors and assess their effectiveness. New design loading factors will be proposed to represent the rail transit wheel loading environment more accurately based on the analysis from this project.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Edwards, Riley

    • Principal Investigators:

      Dersch, Marcus

    • Start Date: 20170101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190701
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01641188
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National University Rail Center (NURail)
    • Contract Numbers: NuRail2017-UIUC-R19, DTRT13-G-UTC52
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jul 18 2017 3:22PM