A reliability-based prognostics framework for railway track management

Juan Chiachio, Manuel Chiachio, Darren Prescott, John Andrews

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Abstract

Railway track geometry deterioration due to traffic loading is a complex problem with important implications in cost and safety. Without appropriate maintenance, track deterioration can lead to severe speed restrictions or disruptions, and in extreme cases, to train derailment. This paper proposes a physics-based reliability-based prognostics framework as a paradigm shift to approach the problem of railway track management. As key contribution, a geo-mechanical elastoplastic model for cyclic ballast settlement is adopted and embedded into a particle filtering algorithm for sequential state estimation and RUL prediction. The suitability of the pro- posed methodology is investigated and discussed through a case study using published data taken from a laboratory simulation of train loading and tamping on ballast carried out at the University of Nottingham (UK).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrognostics and Health Management Society Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationRochester, NY.
Volume8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2017
EventAnnual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, October 2017, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. -
Duration: 4 Sep 2017 → …

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, October 2017, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Period4/09/17 → …

Keywords

  • railway track management
  • reliability engineering
  • track deterioration
  • prognostics framework

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    Chiachio, J., Chiachio, M., Prescott, D., & Andrews, J. (2017). A reliability-based prognostics framework for railway track management. In Prognostics and Health Management Society Conference Proceedings (Vol. 8).