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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 24, Number 1, May20 2017, pages 113-128

Free vibrations of precast modular steel-concrete composite railway track slabs
Stephen Kimindiri Kimani and Sakdirat Kaewunruen

    This paper highlights a study undertaken on the free vibration of a precast steel-concrete composite slab panel for track support. The steel-concrete composite slab track is an evolvement from the slab track, a form of ballastless track which is becoming increasingly attractive to asset owners as they seek to reduce lifecycle costs and deal with increasing rail traffic speeds. The slender nature of the slab panel due to its reduced depth of construction makes it susceptible to vibration problems. The aim of the study is driven by the need to address the limited research available to date on the dynamic behaviour of steel-concrete composite slab panels for track support. Free vibration analysis of the track slab has been carried out using ABAQUS. Both eigenfrequencies and eigenmodes have been extracted using the Lanczos method. The fundamental natural frequencies of the slab panel have been identified together with corresponding mode shapes. To investigate the sensitivity of the natural frequencies and mode shapes, parametric studies have been established, considering concrete strength and mass and steel
Key Words
    free vibration; steel-concrete composite; ballastless track; slab panel track; natural frequency; natural mode; mass; stiffness; crossover; veering
(1) Stephen Kimindiri Kimani:
Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK;
(2) Sakdirat Kaewunruen:
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.

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