This paper deals with a mechanical model for the analysis of the railway track behaviour built by exploiting the periodicity of the track-structure. The starting point of this study is the analysis of the inner forces transferring modes. They have been determined by the unit principal vectors analysis of the base cell transfer matrix. The proposed model is able to reproduce accurately the track behaviour in transferring its inner forces. However, solutions that are equilibrated but not kinematically admissible are obtained from it when transversal loads are applied. In additions, only boundary conditions compatibles with the track transferring modes can be satisfied. This inconsistency is eliminated by superposition of a corrective deformed shape. This is derived from the eigenvectors of the transfer matrix pertaining to self-equilibrated systems of bending moments decaying along the track. The application field of the proposed track model is also discussed and the results of a validation study carried out by F.E. analysis are finally presented.

A continuous model for the railway track analysis in the lateral plane

Gesualdo A.;Penta F.;Pucillo G. P.
2018

Abstract

This paper deals with a mechanical model for the analysis of the railway track behaviour built by exploiting the periodicity of the track-structure. The starting point of this study is the analysis of the inner forces transferring modes. They have been determined by the unit principal vectors analysis of the base cell transfer matrix. The proposed model is able to reproduce accurately the track behaviour in transferring its inner forces. However, solutions that are equilibrated but not kinematically admissible are obtained from it when transversal loads are applied. In additions, only boundary conditions compatibles with the track transferring modes can be satisfied. This inconsistency is eliminated by superposition of a corrective deformed shape. This is derived from the eigenvectors of the transfer matrix pertaining to self-equilibrated systems of bending moments decaying along the track. The application field of the proposed track model is also discussed and the results of a validation study carried out by F.E. analysis are finally presented.
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