Railway track performance during and post flooding

Mohammad Menan Hasnayn*, Gabriela M. Medero, Peter Keith Woodward

*Corresponding author for this work

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Excess water in railway track substructure can significantly decrease service life and increase maintenance cost. If the rail track experiences a flash flood, derailment can occur or significant damage can result. In some cases, if the train runs with water inside the track, it can cause substantial damage to the railway track. Moreover, at recovery periods after flood, the track is more susceptible to dam-age; needing proper support and maintenance. This paper focuses on subgrade behaviour before and after flooding including subgrade softening and collapse behaviour. Full-scale tests were carried out in the experimental facility GRAFT-I (Geopavement & Railway Accelerated Fatigue Testing) at Heriot-Watt University to investigate the impact of flooding on track response. The results showed that the presence of water dramatically decreased track performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development
Subtitle of host publicationXVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780727760678
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2015 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sept 201517 Sept 2015


Conference16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 2015
Abbreviated titleECSMGE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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