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Composite railway sleepers - new developments and opportunities
11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference (2015)
  • Wahid Ferdous
  • Allan Manalo
  • Thiru Aravinthan
  • Gerard Van Erp
Composite sleeper is becoming a suitable alternative for replacing the existing concrete, steel and particularly timber sleeper in both mainline and heavy haul rail network. Composite sleeper technologies are already available in the last 20 years but they have gained limited acceptance by the railway industry. For better understanding of the reasons for their slow uptake in the market, a comparative study was conducted among the existing composite sleepers. Firstly, this paper accumulated information on the performance of commercially available composite sleepers. Secondly, issues on the application and developments of composite sleepers are identified. Thirdly, the ongoing research on the composite sleeper is presented for keeping update the sleeper researchers, engineers and end users. The potential of sandwich composite for overcoming the current limitations of composite sleeper is briefly discussed. Finally, this paper provided suggestions and recommended solutions to increase the market opportunities of composite sleepers.
Publication Date
June 21, 2015
Peer reviewed conference paper
Citation Information
Wahid Ferdous, Allan Manalo, Thiru Aravinthan and Gerard Van Erp. "Composite railway sleepers - new developments and opportunities" 11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference (2015)
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