A nonlinear finite element analysis of concrete railway sleeper damaged by ice expansion

S. J. Lee, Goangseup Zi

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Abstract

Cracks formed in concrete railway sleeper were investigated in this study. A three dimensional nonlinear finite element analysis was conducted to find out the reason for the damage of the sleepers based on the comparison with the field investigation and experimental result. It is found that the cracks were caused by the freezing force of water unexpectedly penetrated into the inserts of the fastener hole used in the sleeper. In addition, the effect of position of insert hole, initial fastening force, and compressive strength of concrete on freezing force was investigated. The freezing force in the inner insert hole is slightly greater than that of the others. The freezing force increases as the compressive strength of concrete increases and the initial fastening force decreases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC 2013
PublisherHokkaido University collection of Scholarly Academic Papers, HUSCAP
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Event13th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC 2013 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2013 Sep 112013 Sep 13

Other

Other13th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC 2013
CountryJapan
CitySapporo
Period13/9/1113/9/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Lee, S. J., & Zi, G. (2013). A nonlinear finite element analysis of concrete railway sleeper damaged by ice expansion. In Proceedings of the 13th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, EASEC 2013 Hokkaido University collection of Scholarly Academic Papers, HUSCAP.