Track deflection and stiffness measurements from a track recording car

A new innovative method for track deflection and track stiffness measurement is described and used on the iron-ore line in Sweden. The method uses two different measurement systems of longitudinal level on one axle, and by comparing them in a new way it is possible to extract the unloaded level and the effect of the loading from the loaded longitudinal level. Displacement due to loading can also be interpreted as a track stiffness value if the wheel load is simulated or measured. With this method, a new approach to condition monitoring of track is created due to the possibility of monitoring stiffness and longitudinal level at the same time using a track recording car. The method has been used in an extensive measurement campaign on the iron-ore line in the north of Sweden. Many examples are given in this paper to illustrate different track defects on ordinary track, mainly on track section (bandel) 118. Hanging sleepers and mud-pumping places have been successfully located using the new method. The method has been used in both winter and summer conditions. The authors have found that the track stiffness/deflection level does not vary considerably with change of season. This result is explained by the design decision in the 1980s to use soft fastener pads, which seems to have been a very good decision.


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  • Accession Number: 01535329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2014 12:38PM