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posted on 21.06.2017, 09:51 by Maria Gallou, Matthew FrostMatthew Frost, Ashraf El-HamalawiAshraf El-Hamalawi, Barnaby Temple, Chris Hardwick
Numerous techniques have been used for the measurement of the track displacements and consequently the assessment of track stiffness. Some of the most commonly employed are linear variable displacement transducers (LVDTs), geophones and older video monitoring techniques based on Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). In this paper, the application of the Video Gauge, a relatively new technique, is investigated. This technique can be seen as a quick and reliable way to capture data of high quality and resolution, which can be directly employed for the evaluation of track displacement and hence stiffness.The Video Gauge is used at three different track sites measuring different ballasted track components under various train speeds and types.


The authors wish to thank the EPSRC for providing funding through the Centre for Innovative Construction Engineering (CICE) at Loughborough University and LB Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Limited for funding and supporting this research project. The authors are grateful to Network Rail (Peter Musgrave) for supporting part of the onsite measurements.



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The Stephenson Conference 2017: Research for Railways, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2017


141 - 148


GALLOU, M. ... et al, 2017. Applicability of video gauge for the assessment of track displacement. The Stephenson Conference: Research for Railways, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK, 25th-27th April 2017, pp. 141-148.


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