Self-Healing and Highly-Damped Concrete for Applications as Railway Sleepers and Track Slabs

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The demand of concrete material is increasing for applications in railway construction such asrailway concrete sleepers, concrete track slabs, viaducts, etc. especially for the expansions of metro,light-rail and urban railway systems, due to their improved multi-functional performance as well asthe reduced lifetime cost and carbon footprint compared to the timber or other materials. However,the premature deterioration of concrete sleepers and track slabs (e.g., shear key) under high impactloading and excessive vibration is the major issue that jeopardizes the safety and durability; and thenincreases the lifecycle cost of concrete sleepers and track slabs.


Original languageEnglish
Article number1144
Number of pages3
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2018
Event2018 International Symposium on Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 5 Jun 20185 Jun 2018


  • self healing concrete, highly damped concrete, damping, dynamic characteristics, railway application, railway sleepers, track slabs