Prediction of Lifespan of Railway Ballast Aggregate According to Mechanical Properties of it

Vaidas Ramūnas, Audrius Vaitkus, Alfredas Laurinavičius, Donatas Čygas, Aurimas Šiukščius


As the railway lifespan is the main criterion for selection of the aggregate for ballast and for planning the maintenance of the railroad, it is important to define the relationship between the particle load resistant characteristics and a lifetime of ballast in structure. Assessment of the quality of the ballast aggregate particles under dynamic and static loading reflect both, the toughness and hardness, and these are identified with the Los Angeles Abrasion and Micro-Deval Abrasion values. The model formerly developed by Canadian Pacific Railroads was adapted to predict possible loads expressed in cumulated tonnes. Different ballast aggregate mixtures were tested in the laboratory including dolomite and granite. Calculated potential gross tonnage (expressed in Million Gross Tonnes) of the railway per lifetime for each different aggregate type presented. The outcome of this research is established classification system of railway ballast aggregate and defined Los Angeles Abrasion and Micro-Deval Abrasion values of aggregate dependently on required lifetime.


aggregate selection; ballast; lifespan; Los Angeles Abrasion; mechanical properties; Micro-Deval Abrasion.

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DOI: 10.3846/bjrbe.2017.25


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