Parametric study on damage and load demand of prestressed concrete crosstie and fastening systems

Zhe Chen, Moochul Shin, Bassem Andrawes, John Riley Edwards

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There is an increasing interest in the performance and serviceability of concrete crossties and elastic fastening systems due to the loading demands of increasing freight axle loads and the development of new high-speed passenger rail infrastructure in North America. In the light of these increasing demands, it is essential to examine and improve current design practices of prestressed concrete crossties and fastening systems. This study focuses on developing an analytical framework for a 3D finite element (FE) model of prestressed concrete crossties and fastening systems to improve the knowledge regarding its mechanical behavior. Parametric studies are conducted based on the detailed FE model to analyse the damage and load demands associated with two major failure mechanisms in concrete crosstie and fastening system, namely the tensile-cracking failure of concrete crosstie and the damage of fastening system. The following parameters are considered in the studies: bond-slip behavior between concrete and prestressing strand, support conditions of concrete crosstie, material properties of rail pad assembly, and wheel load position. The parametric studies presented the detailed stress state of the failure mechanisms and the thresholds for performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Failure mechanisms
  • Fastening systems
  • Finite element modeling
  • Prestressed concrete crosstie
  • Railway superstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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