Methods to Monitor and Evaluate the Deterioration of Track and its Components in a Railway in-Service: A Systemic Review

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In planning a new track or improving one in-service, it is fundamental to predict the probable rate of track deterioration as a function of the variables related to the train and its periodicity. A literature review has shown there are no track deterioration methods available to analyse track condition of railway track. A prediction of deterioration requires accurate quantification of each track component and track geometry behaviour, and a better knowledge of interactions between components and geometry. During an extended survey, more than 100 methods (or studies) related to track deterioration were found, including other literature reviews. Very few of these methods work with several track deterioration issues. This paper aims to build upon accepted reviews and, based on a methodology for systematic critical literature review, the study identifies, evaluates, and classifies the primary studies to predict the track deterioration according to criteria of assessment. Finally, the gaps and the challenges to be overcome with future research are established.


Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in Built Environment
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Jun 2020