This paper presents some key aspects of optimal rail track design for the case of an embedded rail structure (ERS). Its coverage includes: (1) numerical modelling of track behaviour; (2) choice of optimality criteria; (3) formulation of an optimisation problem; and (4) choice of an optimisation method. The optimality criteria are based on requirements for the tracks, related to the design's cost-efficiency and minimum noise emission and wear of rails and wheels. The design variables are the material and geometric properties of an ERS: the elastic properties and volume of the compound, the shape of the rail cross section, and the depth of troughs. The static and dynamic behaviour of an ERS are analysed using the finite element software ANSYS and RAIL. The optimisation is performed by a numerical technique, which uses Multipoint Approximations based on Response Surface fitting (MARS method). A new design of ERS, suitable for high-speed train operation, has been derived from a conventional design. The paper presents and discusses the results of the optimisation, which have fulfilled expectations about the rail's shape and size. The presence of trough chamfers strongly affected the reduction of stresses; this factor can be important for designing an ERS with small rails.

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  • Authors:
    • MARKINE, V
    • DE MAN, A
    • Jovanovic, S
    • Esveld, C
  • Publication Date: 2000


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  • Accession Number: 00799677
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM