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Influence of the Testing Procedure on the Value of the Impact Attenuation of Rail Fastening Systems: an Experimental Study

Abstract: Railway superstructure components are subject to impact forces caused by irregularities in the rail and wheel or variations in the support stiffness. These imperfections lead to the premature and accelerated deterioration of the track and increase maintenance costs. Generally, to mitigate these dynamic loads, elastomeric rail pads are interposed between rails and sleepers. For each track section, the pad choice is made according to its stiffness, impact attenuation and cost. In this experimental study, eight types of rail pads were characterized using two procedures from EN 13146?3. The results revealed that the rail pad material and geometry affect the impact attenuation ability of the pad and the testing procedure affect the results. It was found that the preload applied is one of the parameters that most affects the impact attenuation value. Appling a preload of 50 kN during the impact attenuation test, which is suggested by the standard, affected this parameter by ranging from between ~2 and?~?20, depending on the rail pad. Based on these results it is considered that EN 13146?3 should be updated.

 Autoría: Carrascal I.A., Casado J.A., Diego S., Sainz-Aja J.A., Ferreño D., Barrientos A., García D.,

 Fuente: Experimental Techniques, 2022, 46, 167-178

 Editorial: Springer

 Año de publicación: 2022

 Nº de páginas: 12

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/s40799-021-00468-y

 ISSN: 1747-1567,0732-8818

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40799-021-00468-y