IHHA Conference: Graz University of Technology turns its attention to ballasted tracks
The increasing amount of traffic and higher train speeds mean that the stress placed on tracks and turnouts is constantly increasing. Dr. Peter Veit, a professor at Graz University of Technology, will discuss this topic at the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference to be held in Calgary, Canada in June 2011. His presentation “Preconditions for a Sustainable Low Cost Track” will focus on the reasons behind signs of wear in track systems and the causes of higher maintenance costs. In particular, Dr. Veit will look at possible strategies for a sustainable yet cost-effective superstructure, which include the installation of sleeper pads.
As part of his presentation, Dr. Veit will present the results of the WINS study that was initiated by Getzner. The study confirms the "Financial benefit of sleeper pads (WINS)" – the life cycle costs of track systems can be reduced by using sleeper pads. Using the WINS study, Dr. Veit will be the first person in the world to provide statistical evidence for the cost-effectiveness of padded sleepers. Sleepers of this type extend the service life of tracks and significantly reduce maintenance costs. The higher the amount of traffic on a section of track, the greater the cost-effectiveness of sleeper pads.