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Analysis of the Vibration Mitigation Characteristics of the Ballasted Ladder Track with Elastic Elements

School of Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6780; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236780
Received: 5 November 2019 / Revised: 26 November 2019 / Accepted: 27 November 2019 / Published: 29 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Rail and Metro Systems)
Despite the fact railways are seen as an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of transport, however, the train-induced vibration has been seen as a negative environmental consequence. The ballasted ladder track is one type of ballasted track with longitudinal sleepers. The elastic elements can not only protect the track structure but also control the vibration. To investigate the vibration mitigation effects of ballasted ladder track with elastic elements, a finite element - infinite element (FE-IFE) model was built considering the elastic elements of under-sleeper pads (USPs) and under-ballast mats (UBMs). This model was validated by a laboratory test. Then, the moving train load was obtained based on the multi-body dynamics (MBD)-finite elements method (FEM) analysis. The vibration mitigation effects of the ballasted ladder track with different types of elastic elements were calculated compared with the ballasted tracks without elastic elements. The results indicate that: (1) the ballasted ladder track has the advantage of vibration reduction at low frequencies, with a maximum vibration attenuation of 25.2 dB and an averaged vibration attenuation of 19.0 dB between 5 and 20 Hz through the ballast. (2) The ballasted ladder track with USPs or UBMs can provide better vibration attenuation between 30 and 100 Hz, but it induces a vibration amplification between 5 and 30 Hz. (3) The ballasted ladder track with elastic elements in different cases can provide different vibration mitigation effects. The ballasted ladder track with both USPs and UBMs can provide the best mitigation effect with an average vibration mitigation of approximately 15 dB and a maximum vibration mitigation of 30 dB between 30 and 100 Hz. View Full-Text
Keywords: ballasted ladder track; under-sleeper pads; under-ballast mats; vibration mitigation; rigid-flexible coupling; finite element method ballasted ladder track; under-sleeper pads; under-ballast mats; vibration mitigation; rigid-flexible coupling; finite element method
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Qu, X.; Ma, M.; Li, M.; Cao, Y.; Liu, W. Analysis of the Vibration Mitigation Characteristics of the Ballasted Ladder Track with Elastic Elements. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6780.

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