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Measuring the area and number of ballast particle contacts at sleeper/ballast and ballast/subgrade interfaces

Measuring the area and number of ballast particle contacts at sleeper/ballast and ballast/subgrade interfaces
Measuring the area and number of ballast particle contacts at sleeper/ballast and ballast/subgrade interfaces
The number of railway ballast particles in contact with a sleeper may be relatively small. The discrete and non-uniform nature of these contacts may cause breakage and wear. This article explores the use of pressure paper to record the loading history of sleeper to ballast particle contacts over >3 million loading cycles in full size tests. The results demonstrate that the actual contact area may be less than 1% of the total, and that the number of individual contacts is in the hundreds. Under sleeper pads, a finer ballast grading, a shallower shoulder slope and changes to the sleeper material are found to increase the number and area of contacts.
ballast, sleeper, pressure paper, under sleeper pad (USP), grading
2049-5358
45-72
Abadi, Taufan
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Le Pen, Louis
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Zervos, Antonios
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Powrie, William
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Abadi, Taufan
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Le Pen, Louis
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Zervos, Antonios
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Powrie, William
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Abadi, Taufan, Le Pen, Louis, Zervos, Antonios and Powrie, William (2015) Measuring the area and number of ballast particle contacts at sleeper/ballast and ballast/subgrade interfaces. The International Journal of Railway Technology, 4 (2), 45-72. (doi:10.4203/ijrt.4.2).

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Abstract

The number of railway ballast particles in contact with a sleeper may be relatively small. The discrete and non-uniform nature of these contacts may cause breakage and wear. This article explores the use of pressure paper to record the loading history of sleeper to ballast particle contacts over >3 million loading cycles in full size tests. The results demonstrate that the actual contact area may be less than 1% of the total, and that the number of individual contacts is in the hundreds. Under sleeper pads, a finer ballast grading, a shallower shoulder slope and changes to the sleeper material are found to increase the number and area of contacts.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 January 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 January 2015
Published date: 1 April 2015
Keywords: ballast, sleeper, pressure paper, under sleeper pad (USP), grading
Organisations: Infrastructure Group

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Local EPrints ID: 374033
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374033
ISSN: 2049-5358
PURE UUID: 1e7d58fa-e1bb-4686-8dbb-572689c7269c
ORCID for Taufan Abadi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3640-5953
ORCID for Louis Le Pen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4362-3895
ORCID for Antonios Zervos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2662-9320
ORCID for William Powrie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2271-0826

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Date deposited: 05 Feb 2015 11:35
Last modified: 18 Jun 2021 01:42

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