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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 110
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 201

A Numerical Study of Railway Track Dynamics: The Case of a Transition Zone

E. Arlaud1,2, S. Costa D'Aguiar1, E. Balmes2 and G. Faussurier2

1SNCF Innovation and Research, Paris, France
2PIMM, UMR 8006, CNRS, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
E. Arlaud, S. Costa D'Aguiar, E. Balmes, G. Faussurier, "A Numerical Study of Railway Track Dynamics: The Case of a Transition Zone", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 201, 2016. doi:10.4203/ccp.110.201
Keywords: railway track, modeling, dynamic, transition zone, high speed line.

The main objective of this paper is to present an innovative numerical tool to represent the track and platform dynamic behaviour under passing trains. Dynavoie is currently being developed for engineering purposes at SNCF. It is specifically designed to correctly reproduce the track and platform dynamic behaviour in the time domain. This model is based on the finite element method, adapted to the railway track using model reduction techniques. Taking advantage of the periodicity of the track introduced by the regular sleeper spacing, one or several basic slices containing all the geometric properties of the structure can be identified. Static and periodic responses of these slices are computed. Then, reduction is performed using these deformations. Thus the number of degrees of freedom of the model is highly reduced. This reduction results in a decrease in computation time with limited loss of accuracy in the representation of track dynamics. The methodology is described in detail in this paper. The second novelty of this work is to use this model to analyze the dynamic behaviour of a transition zone located in a French high speed line.

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