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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Rail Track Geotechnology
organised by Prof. B. Indraratna
University of Wollongong, Australia
and Prof. E. Tutumluer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Session Aims and Scope
Rail transport of goods and passengers is synonymous with economic development and prosperity and high-speed trains are a priority for many nations. However, increasing the traffic tonnages and speed and shared right-of-way are limited by the conditions of the track substructure. Rail tracks undergo millions of loading cycles of varying magnitudes and frequencies during their service life. Under cyclic loads, the densification and degradation of track layers occur. The use of geosynthetics, and ground improvement techniques are important for the optimum design, safety, and operational efficiency of tracks.

This session aims at bringing together researchers and experts from Civil and Geotechnical Engineering reporting on the current state of rail research. The discussion should promote the interaction and collaboration among universities, research centers, railway operators and industry in order to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions of future research.

The Session should bring together Civil and Geotechnical experts and will cover, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • High-speed trains
  • Ballast and subballast
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Track deterioration
  • Track transitions and special trackwork
  • Shared right-of-way and shared trackage
  • Use of Geosynthetics, shock mats and other resilient inclusions
  • Use of ground improvement techniques
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. Buddhima Indraratna
    University of Wollongong, Australia
    (indra AT
  • Prof. Erol Tutumluer
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    (tutumlue AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2014-S05" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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