Special Issue "Railway Infrastructure Engineering"
A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018
Social and economic growth, security, and sustainability, around the globe, are at risk of being compromised due to aging and failing railway infrastructure systems. This partly reflects a recognized skill shortage in railway infrastructure engineering. Emerging risks and their significant consequences, with no sign of early warnings, has been recently evidenced by many extreme events, such as the Nepal Earthquakes, the Madrid train bombing, the Brussels Metro Attack, etc. A great deal of past research has emphasized the applications of technology in solving front-line problems in the railway industry. Although practical knowledge has been developed alongside corporate knowledge, science and technology are still lacking in order to innovate and revolutionize the railway industry from a fundamental principle viewpoint. Many fundamental issues, such as choice of materials, durability, capacity, engineering properties, functionality requirements, and design concepts, remain unchanged. Together with the high turnover rate of technical staff within rail industry worldwide, many incidents have repeated themselves, causing high maintenance costs, service cancellations and delays, and even human lives, due to catastrophic incidents.
This Special Issue will address some of the most essential issues currently affecting the safety, reliability and functionality of global rail infrastructure systems. Rebuilding and enhancing urban rail infrastructure faces problems, beyond the search for engineering solutions. These issues resonate with one of the major grand challenges in engineering aiming to restore and improve urban infrastructure and built environments, where it will, not only be necessary to devise new approaches and methods, but also communicate their value and worthiness to society at large. This Special Issue will accept various novel and original research topics related to railway infrastructure systems, including, but not limited to:
- Stability and dynamics
- Safety, risks and uncertainty
- Infrastructure engineering
- Structural engineering and materials
- Transportation geotechniques
- Rail transportation
- Mechanics, prognostics and diagnostics
- Health monitoring, inspection, NDT&E (non-destructive testing and evaluation) and signal processing
- Big data analytics and railway operations
- Multi hazards and climate change adaptation
- Train-track interaction and wheel-rail interface
- Drainage, surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing and drone technology
- Railway and transportation technologies
Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen
Dr. Akira Aikawa
Prof. Alex M. Remennikov
Manuscript Submission Information
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