Seismic Instruments

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 682–690 | Cite as

Modeling the State of a Railway Track Foundation by Seismic Methods

  • N. K. Kapustian
  • G. N. AntonovskayaEmail author
  • I. M. Basakina
  • A. V. Danilov


The paper presents the first results of full-scale modeling of the state of the foundation of a railway track running through areas with complex natural-climatic and engineering-geological conditions. Our results demonstrate the fundamental possibility of using seismic stations installed along the track foundation to continuously monitor its state. Monitoring parameters that can signal subsoil deterioration have been identified, e.g., flooding, ground thawing, etc. An advantage of the proposed approach over other geophysical methods is the possibility of identifying problem areas at the early stage, as well as real-time monitoring of their state and rapid information transmission to a central communication hub.


railway track foundation seismic methods modeling 



This study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 17-20-02119 “Development of a Technique for Seismic Monitoring and Rapid Assessment of the State of Railroad Tracks in Conditions of the Far North and Siberia”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. K. Kapustian
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. N. Antonovskaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. M. Basakina
    • 1
  • A. V. Danilov
    • 1
  1. 1.Laverov Federal Center for Integrated Arctic ResearchArkhangelskRussia
  2. 2.Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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