In situ measurements of the crossing vibrations of a railway turnout

M. A. Boogaard, Z. Li*, R. P.B.J. Dollevoet

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Vibration-based condition monitoring is a powerful tool for remotely assessing the quality of railway components. Due to its design, railway crossings suffer from faster degradation, because of the transition from stock rail onto the needle. Since this is also a repetitive load, a small amount of wear will increase the degradation. Measuring the dynamic response also contains information about the transition of the train wheel from the stock rail onto the needle. In this paper, a setup that measures the acceleration and the strain of a railway crossing during train passages is presented. The responses of these two measurement techniques are analyzed for two different types of trains. A linear correlation between the peak values of the strain and the nominal axle load is presented with a regression value of -1.8·10-5. From the accelerations, both the displacement and the transient wheel-rail contact can be analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-324
Number of pages12
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Condition monitoring
  • Output only measurement
  • Pass-by measurement
  • Railway crossings
  • Railway turnout


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