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Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Venue: THotel, Cagliari, Sardinia
Railways 2016
The Third International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
5-8 April 2016

Special Session Call for Papers:

Special Session: RW2016-S17
Transition Zones:
Understanding and Overcoming the Gap
Session Aims and Scope

In railway lines, transition zones between different track support conditions normally evidence higher degradation rates. To maintain adequate safety and quality levels, railway infrastructure managers need to perform frequent maintenance work, which is costly and reduces track availability.

The behaviour of transition zones is rather complex and its poor performance has been mainly attributed to variations in the vertical stiffness of the track and to differential settlements. These two factors can severely amplify the dynamic train–track interaction if the transition zone is not properly designed or/and the track is poorly maintained. In such scenario, the train wheels and the track degrade at a faster rate, levels of passenger comfort decrease and risk of derailment may arise. To address these problems, railway infrastructure managers have developed numerous design specifications for the construction of transition zones. However, despite the past efforts, the behaviour of the train–track system at transition zones is not clear.

The 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:
  • Professor E. Fortunato, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) and University of Porto, Portugal, (efortunato AT
  • Professor S. Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, (s.kaewunruen 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 "RW2016-S17" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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