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Research into enhanced tracks, switches and structures


Enhanced track deign

Enhanced track design solutions through predictive analyses [Task 3.2; TRL4] (Month 28) The deliverable will compile the work in T3.2. Here innovative solutions in the form of continuous supported track structures, new alloys and welding methods, and optimised ballast track will be presented together with the foundation and selected core components of the Shift2Rail Track structure feasibility evaluation framework.

Report on coordination and quality

Report on scientific & technical coordination and quality assurance (Month 32) Report describing the work on quality assurance and how quality-assured recommendations are forwarded to subsequent Shift2Rail projects

Core S&C issues

– Identifying and Understanding Core S&C Issues [TRL 6] (Month 12) Final summary report into core S&C issues and missing links between existing failures and root causes identified. Operational failures and related whole life costs will be compiled and recommendation for key areas of improvement made.

Communication activities

Dissemination and Exploitation activities (Month 32) Report summarising the results/impacts of all the dissemination, communication and exploitation activities

Track influencing parameters

Enhanced track structure – Status, key influencing parameters and prioritised areas of improvement [Task 3.1; TRL6] (Month 26) The deliverable will compile the work in T3.1. An initial identification of prioritized areas of improvements will also form the skeleton. Missing links between existing failures and root causes will be investigated and the influence of operational conditions highlighted. Operational failures and related costs will be compiled. Requirements for selected optimized solutions (with respect to track, mounting, connection and repairing techniques will be presented together with key areas for inspection and monitoring

Monitoring of tunnels and bridges

Inspection and monitoring techniques for tunnels and bridges [TRL 6] (Month 28] Methods for tunnel inspection, monitoring and assessment will be presented including digital image correlation scanning, data base handling and tunnel condition marking index. A demonstration model will be outlined for structural assessment based on monitoring. Methods for bridge inspection, monitoring and assessment will be presented including non-destructive tests, dynamic behaviour, data base handling and asset management. A demonstration model will be outlined for structural assessment based on monitoring

Improvement of tunnels and bridges

- Improvement of tunnels and bridges [TRL 4] (Month 29) –Tunnel and Bridge repair and strengthening technologies, including demonstrator concepts. Methods will be presented for drainage, transition zones and strengthening with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) under dynamic loads and for fatigue resistance improvement.

Operational abilities of S&C

Establishing and improving operational abilities of S&C [TRL4] (Month 31) Final summary report into enhanced S&C monitoring, maintenance and operational processes.

Enhanced track operation

–Enhanced inspection, maintenance and operation of track. [Tasks 3.3; TRL5] (Month 31) The deliverable will compile the work in T3.2. Will present the development of highly efficient maintenance practices in terms of improved decision on actions (through extensions to the Shift2Rail Track structure feasibility evaluation framework) and the efficient execution of these. Further, scientific and technical foundation for robust and efficient monitoring and inspection practices are presented.

Design of S&C

Enhanced design of S&C through virtual development and verification [TRL5] (Month 28) Final summary report into the development of a whole system modelling approach for S&C, including new component design enhancements.

Project Identity, website, and brochure and document repository

Project Identity, website, brochure and document repository (Month 6) Production of IN2TRACK brochure with project identify and project background. First draft on document templates website for document sharing and storage including individual user login to be available month 2.


Evaluation of stress intensity factors under multiaxial and compressive conditions using low order displacement or stress field fitting

Author(s): Robin Andersson, Fredrik Larsson, Elena Kabo
Published in: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Issue 189, 2018, Page(s) 204-220, ISSN 0013-7944
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.11.015

Modeling of kinematic hardening at large biaxial deformations in pearlitic rail steel

Author(s): Knut Andreas Meyer, Magnus Ekh, Johan Ahlström
Published in: International Journal of Solids and Structures, Issue 130-131, 2018, Page(s) 122-132, ISSN 0020-7683
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2017.10.007

Microstructure and mechanical properties of the running band in a pearlitic rail steel: Comparison between biaxially deformed steel and field samples

Author(s): Knut Andreas Meyer, Dimitrios Nikas, Johan Ahlström
Published in: Wear, Issue 396-397, 2018, Page(s) 12-21, ISSN 0043-1648
DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2017.11.003

On the non-proportionality between wheel/rail contact forces and speed during wheelset passage over specific welds

Author(s): Nekane Correa, Ernesto G. Vadillo, Javier Santamaria, Julio Blanco-Lorenzo
Published in: Journal of Sound and Vibration, Issue 413, 2018, Page(s) 79-100, ISSN 0022-460X
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2017.10.031

A contact mechanics study of 3D frictional conformal contact

Author(s): Julio Blanco-Lorenzo, Javier Santamaria, Ernesto G. Vadillo, Nekane Correa
Published in: Tribology International, Issue 119, 2018, Page(s) 143-156, ISSN 0301-679X
DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2017.10.022

Integrated analysis of dynamic vehicle–track interaction and plasticity induced damage in the presence of squat defects

Author(s): Robin Andersson, Peter T. Torstensson, Elena Kabo, Fredrik Larsson, Anders Ekberg
Published in: Wear, Issue 366-367, 2016, Page(s) 139-145, ISSN 0043-1648
DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2016.05.014

3D characterization of rolling contact fatigue crack networks

Author(s): Casey Jessop, Johan Ahlström, Lars Hammar, Søren Fæster, Hilmar K. Danielsen
Published in: Wear, Issue 366-367, 2016, Page(s) 392-400, ISSN 0043-1648
DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2016.06.027

Effect of microwave heating damage on the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of fibre-reinforced cement mortars

Author(s): R. Borinaga-Treviño, A. Orbe, J. Norambuena-Contreras, J. Canales
Published in: Construction and Building Materials, Issue 186, 2018, Page(s) 31-41, ISSN 0950-0618
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.07.108


Author(s): K. Meyer, M. Ekh
Published in: 2017

Rolling contact fatigue assessment of repair rail welds

Author(s): Elena Kabo, Anders Ekberg, Michele Maglio
Published in: 2018

The role of contact mechanics in multiscale modelling of train–track interaction phenomena

Author(s): Anders Ekberg, Björn Pålsso
Published in: 2018

Multi-objective design optimisation of transition zones between different railway track forms

Author(s): Emil Aggestam, Jens Nielsen, Andreas Andersson, Martin Li
Published in: 2018

Simulation and experiment based investigations of squat formation mechanisms

Author(s): Bernsteiner, C., Meierhofer, A., Trummer, G., Marte, C., Scheriau, S., Six, K. & Dietmaier, P
Published in: 2018

Simulation of damage in railway crossings – a comparison of rail steel grades R350HT and rolled Mn13

Author(s): Rostyslav Skrypnyk
Published in: 2018

UIC hosts the Shift2Rail JU Funded IP3 Projects IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE Joint Mid-Term Conference in Paris

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Published in: "UIC eNews #583", 2018

Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking Funded IP3 Projects IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE will hold their mid-term conference in Paris on 24 January 2018

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Published in: "UIC eNews #580", 2018

Seventh edition of Transport Research Arena (TRA) in Vienna: UIC steps forward once more

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Published in: 2018

In2Track 1st newsletter

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Published in: 2018

Railway Research in Mechanical Engineering

Author(s): Roger Lewis
Published in: 2018

Fatigue life prediction of steel bridges using a small scale monitoring system

Author(s): John Leander
Published in: 2018

Luleå University of Technology acts work with inspection methods for bridges and field tests have been done on bridges on the Iron Ore Line.

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Published in: 2018

Register now for the Shift2Rail-JU Funded IP3 Project In2Track Final Conference to be held on 22 January 2019 in Paris

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Published in: 2018

Final Conference of the Shift2Rail IP3 Project IN2TRACK held on 22 January 2019 at UIC, Paris

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Published in: 2019

Simulation of plasticity and wear in railway crossings Related to Section 3.4.4 in D2.2.

Author(s): Rostyslav Skrypnyk
Published in: 2018

Condition monitoring of crossing panels using embedded sensors. The study was performed using the parameterised track model presented in D2.2. Section 3.4.3. Reference to In2Track was given.

Author(s): Bjorn Palsson
Published in: 2018

In2Track – Whole system modelling in switches and crossings

Author(s): Björn Pålsson
Published in: 2018

Rail-wheel contact stress and plasticity of a bi-material rail system

Author(s): Kate Tomlinson, The University of Sheffield
Published in: 2018

Rail Life Enhancement through Laser Cladding

Author(s): Prof Lewis
Published in: 2018

A broad approach to switch profiles optimisation using multibody dynamics simulation

Author(s): Y. Bezin, D. Kostovasilis, S. Neves, B. Sambo and A. Foan
Published in: 2018

Squat defects and rolling contact fatigue clusters - Numerical investigations of rail and wheel deterioration mechanisms

Author(s): Robin Andersson
Published in: 2018