Prediction of Long-Term Damage in Railway Crossings Accounting for Variability in Dynamic Traffic Loads
Paper in proceeding, 2020

A multidisciplinary methodology for the prediction of long-term damage in a railway crossing is demonstrated by simulating the plastic deformation and wear after 1.5 MGT of traffic. The results are compared with field measurements, and a good qualitative agreement is observed. Potential reasons for discrepancies are discussed. Additionally, a parameter study is performed, where the results suggest that assuming the vehicle–track dynamics is constant in the short term for a number of wheel passages is a reasonable approach to reduce the computational effort.




Plastic deformation


Switches and crossings


Rostyslav Skrypnyk

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics

Björn Pålsson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics

Magnus Ekh

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Material and Computational Mechanics

Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering

21954356 (ISSN) 21954364 (eISSN)

Vol. 2020 376-381
9783030380762 (ISBN)

26th Symposium of the International Association of Vehicle System Dynamics, IAVSD 2019;
Gothenburg, Sweden,

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Infrastructure Engineering

Other Physics Topics

Vehicle Engineering



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