This report covers first the methods presented in the literature for the stress analysis of railroad track components and results of a variety of validation tests. It was found that a formula can yield deflections and bending stresses in the rails of longitudinal-tie and cross-tie tracks which agree for design purposes with track test results if coefficients are properly chosen. This is followed by a review and discussion of the methods for determining these coefficients. The report concludes with recommended analyses and test methods for the determination of stresses in the rail-tie structure.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research for this article was sponsored by the FRA, U.S. DOT, through the Transportation Systems Center; it also is available as an interim report (7509-7511). Princeton University Department of Civil Engineering report No. 76-TR-7, FRA report No. FRA/ORD-76-284.
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    American Railway Engineering Association

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    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Authors:
    • Kerr, A D
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-43
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 78
    • Issue Number: 659
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00145137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-900
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1977 12:00AM