Influence of surface abrasion on creep and shrinkage of railway prestressed concrete sleepers

Dan Li, Chayut Ngamkhanong, Sakdirat Kaewunruen

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Ballasted railway track is very suitable for heavy-rail networks because of its many superior advantages in design, construction, short- and long-term maintenance, sustainability, and life-cycle cost. The sleeper, which supports rail and distributes loads from rail to ballast, is a very important component of rail track system. Prestressed concrete is very popular used in manufacturing sleepers. Therefore, improved knowledge about design techniques for prestressed concrete (PC) sleepers has been developed. However, the ballast angularity causes differential abrasions on the soffit or bottom surface of sleepers. Furthermore, in sharp curves and rapid gradient change, longitudinal and lateral dynamics of rails increase the likelihood of abrasions in concrete sleepers. This paper presents a comparative investigation using a variety of methods to evaluate creep and shrinkage effects in railway prestressed concrete sleepers. The outcome of this study will improve the material design, which is very critical to the durability of railway track components.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSession I - Construction Management and Engineering, Construction Materials, Geotechnics, Hydromechanics, Structural Engineering
PublisherIOP Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017
EventWorld Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering - Architecture - Urban Planning Symposium: WMCAUS2017 - Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 12 Jun 201716 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameIOP Conference Series:
PublisherMaterials Science and Engineering


ConferenceWorld Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering - Architecture - Urban Planning Symposium
Abbreviated titleWMCAUS2017
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address


  • prestressed concrete
  • sleepers
  • crossties
  • creep
  • shrinkage


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