Modeling of ground-borne vibration from underground railway systems

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2012
Albayrak, Ahmet
Ground-borne vibrations from railway systems not only pose threats to structural integrity of nearby buildings and cause annoyance on people but also contribute into environmental noise levels. It is of utmost importance to predict these vibrations at the design stage of such systems. This thesis attempts to reach this goal through finite elements analysis. Commercial software is used to develop a finite element model of an existing railway system. The model is based on the work of Forrest and Hunt [11]. It is also aimed to perform transient analysis in time domain to complement vibration information already obtained in frequency domain. The model is validated by checking maximum element size and comparing results with the infinite boundary condition case. Parametric studies are designed to investigate effects of soil type, railpad type and train speed on vibrations induced by underground train traffic. Results acquired through the finite element analysis are found to be in good harmony with the ones by existing numerical methods. The study demonstrates that the approach can be applied to predict ground-borne vibration from any configuration of railway systems.

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A. Albayrak, “Modeling of ground-borne vibration from underground railway systems,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.