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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Geotechnical Aspects in Rail-Track Performance
organised by Prof. A. Gomes Correia
University of Minho, Portugal
Dr. S. Costa d'Aguiar
SNCF, Innovation & Recherche, France
and Dr. Y. Momoya
Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
Session Aims and Scope
Geotechnical aspects are very important to be considered in all phases of a rail-track project, starting from the conception, design and maintenance. However, these aspects are very complex and are still considered in trial and error basis for decision, despite the recent efforts in more fundamental understanding through several research projects.

This session aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and experts from railway engineering and geotechnical engineering reporting on the current state of rail-track and substructure research and development. It should include new rail-track design and renewal of old rail-track addressing mainly the works strategy for highest speed operations.

The session will cover, but not is limited to, the following topics:

  • Geotechnical characterization for modelling, design and bearing capacity evaluation
    • Laboratory tests
    • Field tests
  • Specific geotechnical characterization of intermediate layer in old rail-track
  • Coupling hydrodynamic-mechanical behaviour of geomaterials and layered systems under dynamic loading
  • Subgrade / Roadbed improvement to reduce maintenance work on ballasted track
  • Geosynthetic applications in track
  • Deformation of ballasted track under earthquake
  • Numerical modelling
  • Conception and design to upgrade old rail-track for highest speed operations
  • Renovation of ballasted track to ballastless track
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. António Gomes Correia
    University of Minho, Portugal
    (agc AT
  • Dr. Sofia Costa d'Aguiar
    SNCF, Innovation & Recherche, France
    (sofia.costadaguiar AT
  • Dr. Yoshitsugu Momoya
    Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan
    (momoya 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-S06" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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