Temperature Effect on the Performance of Glass Fiber Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composite Railroad Crossties

The authors investigated the flexural performance of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) composite railroad crossties reinforced with discontinuous randomly distributed glass fibers. In this report, the effect of temperature on this performance is presented. Each vital property of the crossties was evaluated and temperature-scaling models were established for exposure conditions within the studied temperature range. The temperature investigated ranged from 10°F (-12.22°C) to 125°F (51.67°C) which represents typical operating service temperature range. The objectives of this report were to: (1) Understand the temperature effect on the vital properties of HDPE crossties; (2) Establish temperature-scaling relationships for use in further investigations and applications; (3) Identify potentially susceptible performance criteria under certain exposure conditions; (4) Recommend potential solutions based on the findings; and (5) Identify potential criteria requiring further evaluation and testing.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program. This final report for NURail project NURail2012-UIC-R02 consists of six distinct documents: (1) Flexural Behavior of High Density Polyethylene Railroad Crossties; (2) Temperature Effect on the Performance of Glass Fiber Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composite Railroad Crossties; (3) Effect of Pre-drilling, Loading Rate and Temperature Variation on the Behavior of Railroad Spikes used for High Density Polyethylene Crossties; (4) Evaluation of the Longitudinal Restraint, Uplift Resistance, and Long-term Performance of High Density Polyethylene Crosstie Rail Support System using Static and Cyclic Testing; (5) Accelerated Bridge Construction for Railroad Elevated Structures; and (6) Structural Adhesive Behavior-Experimental and Computational Study.
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    National University Rail Center (NURail)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • Authors:
    • Issa, Mohsen A
    • Lotfy, Ibrahim
    • Farhat, Maen
  • Publication Date: 2015-4-29


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25p

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  • Accession Number: 01599334
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-UIC-R02-B
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2016 10:02AM