Reducing track faults using polymer geocomposite technology

P. K. Woodward, G. Medero, D. V. Griffiths

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    In this paper the application of polymer geocomposite technology to the reduction/elimination of long standing railway track faults is presented. The polymers used are urethane cross linked polymers that are applied directly to the ballast matrix using on site mixing equipment. Application of the urethane cross linked polymers allows a high degree of visco-elasticity and hence polymer damping characteristics. The formed structure cures within seconds to form a resilient and very strong polymer/ballast geocomposite. The paper describes how the polymer improves the engineering properties of the in situ ballast and presents typical laboratory studies on engineering behaviour. Finite element simulations of railway track response before and after polymer application are included to show how the polymer geocomposite behaves under actual train loading. A typical application of the technique to a highspeed, high axle load switch and crossing on the UK West Coast Main Line is described.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference (BCR2A'09), June 29 - July 2 2009, Urbana - Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA [
    EditorsE Tutumluer, IL AlQadi
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages10
    Volume1 and 2
    ISBN (Print)978-0-415-87199-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event8th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields - Champaign
    Duration: 29 Jun 20092 Jul 2009


    Conference8th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields


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