Structural optimisation of composite railway sleeper

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Van Erp, Gerard (2014) Structural optimisation of composite railway sleeper. In: Australasian Composites Conference (CA 2014): Materials for a Lighter and Smarter World, 7–9 Apr 2014, Newcastle, Australia.


Structural optimisation of composite railway sleeper is becoming an important area of research to effectively use composite materials and minimising their manufacturing costs. This study used the finite element approach to structurally optimise a composite sleeper for a mainline railway track and evaluate their performance. Strand7 finite element simulation is executed to achieve this goal. This study presents the optimised shape of a sleeper which requires only one-third volume to that of a standard rectangular sleeper. The performance of the optimised sleeper is determined in a high and low stiffness support foundation and the results obtained from this analysis are compared with the behaviour of traditional timber sleeper. The new composite sleeper showed comparable behaviour with that of timber sleeper and performed within their allowable limit.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 22:41
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 00:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: optimisation; railway sleeper; finite element analysis
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010303 Optimisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design

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