Modeling Tamping Recovery of Track Geometry Using the Copula-Based Approach

Assessing and maintaining track geometry within acceptable limits are key components of railroad infrastructure maintenance operations. Track geometry conditions have a significant influence on rider comfort and safety. To maintain the ride quality and safety of the track, maintenance activities pertaining to track geometry, such as tamping, are performed. Tamping enhances the track geometry quality but fails to return the track geometry to an as-good-as-new condition. Majority of studies have evaluated tamping recovery using deterministic techniques, which assume that tamping recovery is dependent on the track geometry quality prior to tamping. However, they fail to capture the uncertainty of the recovery values. Probabilistic approaches are increasingly being used to account for the uncertainty but fail to model the underlying dependence between the variables, which may exhibit nonlinear dependences such as tail or asymmetric dependence. To accurately model the tamping recovery phenomenon, this research employs the copula models in combining arbitrary marginal distributions to form a joint multivariate distribution with the underlying dependence. Copula models are used to estimate the tamping recovery of track geometry parameters such as surface (longitudinal level), alignment, cross level, gage, and warp.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report 4
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35p

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  • Accession Number: 01766514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747132
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2021 4:58PM