Highway-Railway At-Grade Crossings: Trackbed and Surface Pressure Measurements and Assessments

Techniques are described for installing instrumentation within highway/railway crossings – to measure vertical pressures under moving highway and railway loadings – using earth pressure cells. Also, techniques are described for installing instrumentation between rail base/tie plate interfaces – to measure vertical pressures under moving railway loadings – using pressure sensitive ink sensors. In addition, the sensors were used to measure the surface pressures imparted by highway vehicles on crossing surfaces. Data are presented for several crossings including a wide variety of conditions and loading intensities. The data serve to quantify pressure gradients within highway/railway crossings for application to structural design analyses.

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    University of Kentucky, Lexington

    Kentucky Transportation Center
    College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
    Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY  United States  40622

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Rose, Jerry G
    • Durrett, Daniel M
    • Walker, Lindsay A
    • Stith, Jason C
  • Publication Date: 2009-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 63p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: KTC-09-05/FR 136-04-2F
  • Contract Numbers: FRT 136
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2010 12:45PM