The Railway Track and Its Long Term Behaviour, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3642360513
  • ISBN-13: 9783642360510
  • DDC: 625.14
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 414 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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A proper quality of a track and other infrastructure objects represents a basic requirement for train safety and punctuality. Most of the physical systems and their components deteriorate over time. This affects performance and may lead to failures. Albert Einstein said, "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." Only if we understand how the whole system works, taking into account its imperfections and how they influence its quality and performance will we be able to learn the rules of the game and "play better." The book provides the readers with the necessary functional knowledge of track behaviour and comprehensively covers the function of the various track components, their interaction as elements of the track system, as well as the interaction of the track with railway vehicles. By presenting important tools for a deep understanding of track-behaviour this book aims to be a reference guide for infrastructure managers and to help them to find ways improving track quality for optimum long-term behaviour. 

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
1: The Past.
2: History of Railways—A Quick View.
3: Earliest Traces.
4: Early Wagonways.
5: Horse-Drawn Railway.
6: Steam Power Introduced.
7: Diesel and Electric Engines.
8: High-Speed Railway.
9: History of the Track Gauge.
10: The External Environment of the Infrastructure Manager.
11: The External Environment of the Infrastructure Manager.
12: The “Stakeholders” of the Railway System.
13: The Changing External Environment for the Infrastructure Manager.
14: Multi-Annual Contracts.
15: Functional Knowledge of the Railway Track System.
16: The Railway Track as a System.
17: Introduction.
18: Forces on the Track.
19: The Track Subsystem.
20: The Vehicle Subsystem.
21: Modelling the Track.
22: The Effect of Track Stiffness on Track Performance.
23: The Wheel-Rail Interface.
24: The Track Degradation.
25: The Mechanism of Track Faults Creation.
26: The Deterioration of the Track Components.
27: Track Settlements.
28: Discrete Track Defects as Cause of Track Deterioration.
29: Track Problems, Causes, Mechanisms, Solutions.
30: Track Drainage.
31: The Track Deterioration Model.
32: Track Quality.
33: The System “Railway Infrastructure”.
34: What Is Quality?.
35: Factors Affecting the Track Quality Behaviour.
36: Assessment of Track Geometry Quality.
37: Design—Construction—Maintenance Aiming at High Performance.
38: Track Design.
39: The Track Construction (Aiming at High Performance).
40: Track Condition Monitoring.
41: Track Maintenance.
42: Tools and Methods for an Effective, High Performance Railway Track.
43: Tools for Rational Maintenance (RAMS and LCC).
44: Introduction to LCC and RAMS.
45: The RAMS Analysis.
46: RAMS in Operation and Maintenance.
47: The LCC Concept.
48: Maintenance Planning Using LCC KAI RAMS.
49: Integration of RAMS and LCC in the Project Design Process.
50: A Case Study of Applications of RAMS and LCC in the Design Process.
51: LCC and WLC (Whole Life Costing).
52: Investment and Budgeting Decisions for High Track Quality.
53: Outsourcing Track Maintenance.
54: Introduction.
55: From Tactical to Strategic Outsourcing.
56: Cost and Benefit of Outsourcing.
57: Measuring Contractor's Performance.
58: Types of Contracts and Its Characteristics.
59: What Kind of Contracting Is Suitable for Track Maintenance?.
60: Common Risks Associated with Contracting.
61: Maintenance Outsourcing Scenarios.
62: Modelling Costs of Service Contract.
63: Infrastructure Data Management in Case of Outsourcing of M&R Activities.
64: Cases of Outsourcing Applied.
65: Lessons Learned—Advices for Outsourcing.
66: Performance and Cost Effectiveness of the Railway Track.
67: Cost Factors of Track Construction and Maintenance.
68: Guiding Principles for an Effective Track.
69: Measuring the Performance.
70: Benchmarking.
71: Management of Infrastructure Data.
72: Maintenance Cost Modeling 102.
73: The Future.
74: Future Challenges for the Infrastructure Manager.
75: Technological Developments and Tendencies for the Railways.
76: The Future Railway as a System.