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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Railway Transition Zones:
from Design to Maintenance
organised by Dr. Eduardo Fortunato
National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), Portugal
and Prof. Antti Nurmikolu
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Session Aims and Scope
The experience of the railway industry regarding the operation of conventional or high-speed railway lines points out that, at some locations, the degradation process of the track is frankly faster than normal. At these locations, maintenance operations are required more often to re-establish a proper geometric quality of the track to maintain adequate passenger comfort and safety. Transitions from ballasted track to bridges or to slab track, are typical examples where dynamic forces and deformations can be largely amplified.

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

  • Dynamic behaviour of railway tracks on transitions zones;
  • Long term behaviour of transition zones;
  • Monitoring and modelling of transition zones;
  • Improvement of transition zones on conventional lines;
  • Innovative solutions for transition zones;
  • Railway track stiffness;
  • Methods of track stiffness measurement.
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Dr. Eduardo Fortunato
    National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC)
    (efortunato AT
  • Prof. Antti Nurmikolu
    Tampere University of Technology
    (antti.nurmikolu 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-S10" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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