Recent developments and applications of composite railway sleepers

Ferdous, Wahid and Manalo, Allan and Aravinthan, Thiru and Remennikov, Alex (2016) Recent developments and applications of composite railway sleepers. In: Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) 2016, 16-18 May 2016, Melbourne, Australia.


Several composite sleeper technologies have been developed in different parts of the world. These technologies have emerged as a potential alternative to timber sleepers. Different from steel and concrete, composite sleepers can be designed to mimic timber behaviour (an essential requirement for timber track maintenance), are almost maintenance free, and are more sustainable from an environmental perspective. This paper presents and compares the performance of currently available composite railway sleeper technologies with different amounts, length and orientation of fibres and including their application. The common challenges encountered in using composite sleepers are also discussed. Finally, potential approaches are suggested to overcome the challenges in the utilisation and acceptance of composite sleeper technologies.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 01:26
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 03:22
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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