Fuzzy Approach in Rail Track Degradation Prediction

Rail transport authorities around the world have been facing a significant challenge when predicting rail infrastructure maintenance work. With the restrictions on financial support, the rail transport authorities are in pursuit of improved modern methods, which can provide a precise prediction of rail maintenance timeframe. The expectation from such a method is to develop models to minimize the human error that is strongly related to manual prediction. Such models will help rail transport authorities in understanding how the track degradation occurs at different conditions (e.g., rail type, rail profile) over time. They need a well-structured technique to identify the precise time when rail tracks fail to minimize the maintenance cost/time. The rail track characteristics that have been collected over the years will be used in developing a degradation prediction model for rail tracks. Since these data have been collected in large volumes and the data collection is done both electronically and manually, it is possible to have some errors. Sometimes these errors make it impossible to use the data in prediction model development. An accurate model can play a key role in the estimation of the long-term behavior of rail tracks. Accurate models can increase the efficiency of maintenance activities and decrease the cost of maintenance in long-term. In this research, a short review of rail track degradation prediction models has been discussed before estimating rail track degradation for the curves and straight sections of Melbourne tram track system using Adaptive Network-based Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) model. The results from the developed model show that it is capable of predicting the gauge values with R2 of 0.6 and 0.78 for curves and straights, respectively.


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  • Accession Number: 01675924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 10:07AM