Prediction of Long-Term Damage in Railway Crossings Accounting for Variability in Dynamic Traffic Loads

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


A multidisciplinary methodology for the prediction of long-term damage in a railway crossing is demonstrated by simulating the plastic deformation and wear after 1.5 MGT of traffic. The results are compared with field measurements, and a good qualitative agreement is observed. Potential reasons for discrepancies are discussed. Additionally, a parameter study is performed, where the results suggest that assuming the vehicle–track dynamics is constant in the short term for a number of wheel passages is a reasonable approach to reduce the computational effort.


Switches & crossings, S&C Wear Plastic deformation 



Parts of the study have been funded within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the project In2Track2 under grant agreement No 826255.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences/CHARMECChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Materials Science/CHARMECChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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