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    Railroad Ballast Testing and Properties

    Stark Timothy, Swan Robert, Szecsy Richard
    Published: 2018

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    Get 14 peer-reviewed papers from the first-ever D18 symposium dedicated to the study of the properties and behavior of railroad ballast.

    Industry experts present their research on various best practices for field and laboratory ballast testing. Topics include:

    – ballast sampling
    – sample transportation and reconstitution
    – field testing
    – laboratory gradation testing
    – direct shear testing
    – triaxial compression testing
    – large shear box testing

    Table of Contents

    Memorial to Ernest T. Selig
    Theodore Sussmann

    Two Decades of Advancement in Process Simulation Testing of Ballast Strength, Deformation, and Degradation
    Buddhima Indraratna, Ngoc Ngo, Sanjay Nimbalkar, Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn

    Methods to Assess the Impact of Ballast Condition on the Track Structure
    Theodore Sussmann, Hugh Thompson

    A Review of Methods for Estimating Ballast Degradation Using Ground-Penetrating Radar
    Kirk Scanlan, Michael Hendry, C. Martin, Douglas Schmitt

    Man-Portable Real-Time Ballast Inspection Device Using Ground-Penetrating Radar
    Charles Oden, Carlton Ho, Hamed Kashani

    Evaluating Ballast Stabilization during Initial Compaction Phase
    Shushu Liu, Hai Huang, Tong Qiu

    Field Validation of Polyurethane Technology in Remediating Rail Substructure and Enhancing Rail Freight Capacity
    Abdullah Alsabhan, James Tinjum, Dante Fratta, Tuncer Edil

    Sampling, Reconstituting, and Gradation Testing of Railroad Ballast
    Timothy Stark, Stephen Wilk, Robert Swan

    Large Direct Shear Tests Performed with Fresh Ballast
    Jose Estaire, María Santana

    Review of Size and Loading Conditions for Large-Scale Triaxial Testing
    Timothy Stark, Stephen Wilk, Robert Swan

    Large-Scale Triaxial Tests on Railway Embankment Material
    Rune Dyvik, Amir Kaynia

    Large-Scale Testing Box: A Tool to Evaluate the Structural Performance of Railway Tracks
    Miguel Sol-Sánchez, Fernando Moreno-Navarro, M. Carmen Rubio-Gámez

    Evaluation of Ballast Particle Movement Using SmartRocks for Track Transitions
    Yin Gao, Shushu Liu, Mike McHenry

    Large-Scale Laboratory Testing of the Lateral Resistance of a Timber Tie
    Courtney Mulhall, Saleh Balideh, Renato Macciotta, Michael Hendry, Derek Martin, Tom Edwards

    Committee: D18

    DOI: 10.1520/STP1605-EB

    ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7656-0

    ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7655-3