Vibration properties of slab track installed on a viaduct

A model of the vibration behaviour of a discontinuous slab track installed on a viaduct is presented. It is represented by a three-layer Euler–Bernoulli beam model subjected to a harmonic load. Analytical equations are derived using the receptance method, and they are used to determine the vibration properties of the system. Comparisons are made between the vibration behaviour under various parameter conditions of the Chinese CRTS I slab track and a typical floating slab track installed on a viaduct. Attention is focused on the mobility, vibration isolation and track decay rates. The results show that, as expected, the floating slab track generates significantly lower viaduct vibrations than the CRTS I slab track. A slab track fitted with a relatively stiff rail pad and soft bearing layer is recommended for consideration during the engineering design phase; appropriate choices can lead to the optimization of the vibration isolation performance of a railway track on a viaduct, thus avoiding the creation of excessive rail vibrations. It is also shown that the average response of the viaduct gives a more representative assessment of the vibration isolation effect than if the average force transmitted to the viaduct is used. Moreover, in terms of insertion loss, these results are relatively insensitive to the choice of viaduct parameters.


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  • Accession Number: 01599652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 2016 9:12AM