Faster, faster, faster

This article reports on work being done at the United Kingdom's Heriot-Watt University to support the development of track infrastructure for high- and ultra-speed trains. The establishment of the university's Centre of Excellence for High Speed Rail could allow the UK to compete internationally in the global market for high-speed design and construction, as it links to top research centers around the world and facilitates international collaboration. The article also describes the GRAFT II (geopavement and railway accelerated fatigue testing), the UK's largest railway bed test track facility, which is housed at the university. Academics and industry professionals use the GRAFT II to study long-term settlement behavior of track, particularly new track forms. GRAFT III, a larger form of the test rig, is being planned to allow for the study of the complete dynamics of track structures at full-scale and under simulated laboratory conditions.


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  • Accession Number: 01526162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2014 3:24PM