Composite railway sleepers: new developments and opportunities

Ferdous, Wahid and Aravinthan, Thiru and Manalo, Allan and Van Erp, Gerard (2015) Composite railway sleepers: new developments and opportunities. In: 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference: Operational Excellence (IHHA 2015), 21-24 June 2015, Perth, Australia.


Composite sleeper is becoming a suitable alternative for replacing the existing concrete, steel and particularly timber sleeper in both mainline and heavy haul rail network. Composite sleeper technologies are already available in the last 20 years but they have gained limited acceptance by the railway industry. For better understanding of the reasons for their slow uptake in the market, a comparative study was conducted among the existing composite sleepers. Firstly, this paper accumulated information on the performance of commercially available composite sleepers. Secondly, issues on the application and developments of composite sleepers are identified. Thirdly, the ongoing research on the composite sleeper is presented for keeping update the sleeper researchers, engineers and end users. The potential of sandwich composite for overcoming the current limitations of composite sleeper is briefly discussed. Finally, this paper provided suggestions and recommended solutions to increase the market opportunities of composite sleepers.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published in Proceedings.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 04:06
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 04:08
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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