This report presents the results of the lateral stability study of the Ballast and Foundation Materials Research Program. Full-scale lateral stability tests were conducted with a 2-rail, 3-tie system using slag, crushed limestone, and gravel as ballast. Various parameters including Peak Resisting Force and Displacement at Peak Resistance were chosen as possible measures of lateral stability. The results of the study indicate that the differences in the lateral stability behavior of the three ballasts tested is not significant. Also, the results indicate a peak L/V (lateral resistance/vertical force) ratio of about 0.8.

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    • Prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C. by Illinois Univ. at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil Engineering.
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    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    205 North Mathews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

    Association of American Railroads Technical Center

    Research and Test Department, 3140 South Federal Street
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    Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Hay, W W
    • Peterson, H C
    • PLOTKIN, D E
    • Bakas, P T
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-77/61 Tech Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-30038
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM