Effect of Pre-drilling, Loading Rate and Temperature Variation on the Behavior of Railroad Spikes used for High Density Polyethylene Crossties

The University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a series of studies to assess the feasibility of implementing High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) crossties in both conventional and high speed rail applications. In this report, an investigation aiming to understand and assess the performance of typical railroad spikes used with recycled HDPE crossties is presented. The objectives of this report were to: (1) Understand the behavior of rail spikes under pure pullout forces and their interactions with the HDPE crosstie; (2) Assess the effect of temperature, rate of loading and type of spike on the spike pullout behavior; (3) Investigate the behavior of rail spikes when subjected to lateral forces; and (4) Develop accurate finite element modeling techniques, which accurately portray the behavior of the fastening system using the experimental data.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 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.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National University Rail Center (NURail)

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 205 N. Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Issa, Mohsen A
    • Lotfy, Ibrahim
    • Farhat, Maen
  • Publication Date: 2015-12-10

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 32p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599215
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-UIC-R02-C
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, RITA, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 27 2016 10:05AM