Spectrum analysis of railroad track with hanging tie problem

Yin Gao, Hai Huang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Hanging tie is a railroad track distress when voids have been developed beneath the ties due to uneven ballast settlement and improper maintenance practice. It, in return, will lead to an increase in dynamic impact loading on the top of the ballast and therefore further deteriorate the track structure. It is often difficult to identify this problem in an efficient and nondestructive manner. This paper proposed a non-destructive and fast screening method to identify hanging tie problem. A dynamic track model capable of simulating moving load and detailed tie supporting conditions is first introduced and then utilized to construct rail deflection spectrums for tracks with different supporting conditions. Case studies of different configurations of ties will be employed. Conclusions will be drawn and important findings will be highlighted in the end.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2014
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Print)9780791845356
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2014 - Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2014Apr 4 2014

Publication series

Name2014 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2014


Other2014 Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColorado Springs, CO

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Transportation


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