Fatigue is a key term in any discussion regarding durability and wear of materials. Whilst an awareness of its effects is required in any industry it is important to examine the issue in context to be able to plan against or minimize potential damage. Fatigue remains one of the central issues affecting the safety and quality of service in the railway industry.
Fatigue in railway infrastructure from Woodhead Publishing provides a concise overview of fatigue in the railway industry from tracks and fixings to bridges and walk ways. After an opening chapter providing an overview of fatigue in railways the book goes on to focus on fatigue in railway and tramway track. Causes of potential failure are examined in such areas as rails and sleepers as well as rail fixings.
The book goes on to consider fatigue in railway bridges covering masonry, metal and concrete structures. After an initial discussion of bridge requirements the effect of fatigue on the different materials is examined. The comprehensive nature of this title is further emphasised by the inclusion of chapters reviewing safety and reliability issues concerning escalators, lifts and moving walks in railway stations. Consideration is also made for reliability requirements and vandalism resistance in design.
Fatigue in railway infrastructure is a valuable reference for those in the railway industry responsible for infrastructure maintenance as well as those researching this important subject.