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Geometrical degradation of switches and crossings on a Swedish heavy haul railroad: a case study
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of 10th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, New Delhi, India, 2013, Vol. 1, 26-32 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Switches and crossings (S&Cs) are one of the most critical components of railway track systems in terms of safety, operation and maintenance. Each year, a considerable part of the maintenance budget is spent on inspection, maintenance and renewal of S&Cs. However, applying a cost-effective maintenance strategy helps to achieve the best performance at the lowest possible cost. In Sweden, the geometry of S&Cs is inspected at pre-defined time intervals by the STRIX track measurement car. In this paper, time series for the measured longitudinal level of S&Cs on the Iron Ore Line (Malmbanan) in northern Sweden have been used. Two parameters have been defined in this study, namely the absolute residual area (ARa) and the maximum settlement (Smax), to analyse the geometrical degradation of switches and crossings due to dynamic forces generated from train traffic. The paper also evaluates the growth rate of the longitudinal level degradation as a function of million gross tonnes (MGT). The results facilitate correct decision making in the maintenance process through understanding the degradation rate and defining the optimal maintenance thresholds for the planning process. In the long run this will lead to a cost-effective maintenance strategy with optimized inspection and maintenance intervals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New Delhi, India, 2013. Vol. 1, 26-32 p.
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Other Civil Engineering
Research subject
Operation and Maintenance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39199Local ID: dd8d7c0e-a3b7-4533-9da0-5e3fdb44e9e2ISBN: 978-81-926519-0-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-39199DiVA: diva2:1012708
Conference
International Heavy Haul Association Conference : 04/02/2013 - 06/02/2013
Note
Godkänd; 2013; 20130304 (iman)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-19Bibliographically approved

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