Maintenance Model for Railway Substructure
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A maintenance model for railway substructure is proposed by combining a ballast deformation model presented in this study and a previously developed railway track subgrade model.

This model is used to predict the deformation of railway track and to estimate a schedule for ballast maintenance and tamping. The prediction of the permanent deformation of fouled railway ballast is based on an empirical ballast deformation model and a statistical technique called "Support Vector Regression: SVR". Both approaches are based on data obtained from a large-scale cyclic triaxial (LSCT) apparatus for the fouled ballast. The empirical deformation model of railway ballast incorporates the strong correlation between the plastic strain rate of ballast under cyclic loading with fouling and stress conditions (overall prediction R2=0.89). The concept of statistical learning regression (i.e., Support Vector Regression, SVR) was implemented to compare the predictions from the statistically based model with those from the empirical deformation model. The results show a strong correlation (R2=0.98) between the predicted and calculated rate of plastic strain of ballast by SVR. The maintenance planning model in this study was developed based on the empirical deformation model of ballast and predicts the intervals between corrective maintenance activities (e.g., tamping) and necessity for preventive maintenance activities (e.g., undercutting or drainage systems, etc.) in the railway track.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Ali Ebrahimi
  • All Authors: Ebrahimi, A., Tinjum, J. M., and Edil, T. B.
  • Title: Maintenance Model for Railway Substructure
  • Event or Publication: Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA
  • Practice Areas: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Citation: Vol. 45 No.1 March 2014 ISSN 0046-5828
  • Date: 2014