Fatigue in Railway Infrastructure

Edited by

  • Mark Robinson, Newcastle University, UK
  • Ajay Kapoor, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Fatigue is a major issue affecting safety and quality of service in the railway industry. This book reviews key aspects of this important subject. It begins by providing an overview of the subject, discussing fatigue at the wheel-rail interface and in other aspects of infrastructure. It then considers fatigue in railway and tramway track, looking at causes of potential failure in such areas as rails and fixings as well as sleepers. It also reviews failure points in structures such as embankments and cuttings. The book analyses fatigue in railway bridges, looking in particular at masonry arch bridges as well as metal and concrete bridges. Two final chapters review safety and reliability issues affecting escalators and lifts.

Fatigue in railway infrastructure is a helpful reference for those in the railway industry responsible for infrastructure maintenance as well as those researching this important subject.
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Those in the railway industry responsible for infrastructure maintenance


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-740-2


The book almost exclusively tackles the subject of failures in railway infrastructure., Materials World
The book has plenty of detail about embankments, cuttings and bridges., Materials World
The text is particularly useful to up-and-coming railway civil engineers and designers aware of failure modes that are not taught in many university courses., Materials World

Table of Contents

Fatigue in railways: An overview; Fatigue in railway and tramway track; Fatigue in railway bridges; Safety and reliability issues affecting escalators and moving walks in railway stations; Design, safety and reliability of lifts in railway stations.