Evaluation of the Optimal Vertical Stiffness of a Fastener Along a High-speed Ballast Track

고속철도 자갈궤도 체결구 최적 수직강성 평가

  • Yang, Sin-Choo (High Speed System Research Center, Advance HSR Research Division, KRRI) ;
  • Kim, Eun (High Speed System Research Center, Advance HSR Research Division, KRRI)
  • Received : 2014.03.03
  • Accepted : 2015.03.23
  • Published : 2015.04.30


By increasing the vertical stiffness of the rail fastening system, the dynamic wheel load of the vehicle can be increased on the ballast track, though this increases the cost of track maintenance. On the other hand, the resistance acting on the wheel is decreased, which lowers the cost of the electric power to run the train. For this reason, the determination of the optimal fastener stiffness is important when attempting to minimize the economic costs associated with both track maintenance and energy to operate the train. In this study, a numerical method for evaluating the optimal vertical stiffness of the fasteners used on ballast track is presented on the basis of the process proposed by L$\acute{o}$pez-Pita et al. They used an approximation formula while calculating the dynamic wheel load. The evaluated fastener stiffness is mainly affected by the calculated dynamic wheel load. In this study, the dynamic wheel load is more precisely evaluated with an advanced vehicle-track interaction model. An appropriate range of the stiffness of the fastener applicable to the design of ballast track along domestic high-speed lines is proposed.


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