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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-S22
Durability of Railway Infrastructures and Rolling Stock
Session Aims and Scope

Railway infrastructures and rolling stock need maintenance, as ageing takes place continuously. Planning maintenance is a challenge. If not maintained in a timely and proper fashion, life cycle costs will increase drastically and emergency repair can bring unexpected train delays and cancellations. A properly functioning railway network is essential for our economy, thus the society demands a reliable railway system which requires less frequent maintenance, repair and replacement, in other words, a more durable railway system is highly desired. We would like to invite researchers and professionals to this special session to share your ideas, latest research and development progress and engineering practice towards building up a railway network with better durability and thereby lower life cycle costs. The session will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Rolling contact fatigue;
  • Crack initiation and propagation;
  • Fracture and damage mechanisms in wheels and rails, as well as other railway components;
  • Prediction on the service life of railway components, infrastructures and rolling stock;
  • Multi-scale experimental and numerical investigations on the rail materials and structures.

For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Dr Z. Qian, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, (z.qian AT
  • Dr D. Fletcher, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, (d.i.fletcher AT
  • Dr Z. Li, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands ( 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-S22" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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