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Study of Concrete Foam Blocks for Mitigating Train-Induced Low-Frequency Ground Vibrations

Tuil, Ties van (2024) Study of Concrete Foam Blocks for Mitigating Train-Induced Low-Frequency Ground Vibrations. Integration Project, Industrial Engineering and Management.


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This paper explores the issue of ground vibrations caused by railway traffic and suggests a practical solution using concrete foam blocks to alleviate these vibrations. The research entails creating an Abaqus software model to assess the efficacy of different geometrical configurations of concrete foam blocks in diminishing ground vibrations. The study outlines the challenges associated with the long wavelengths of train-induced vibrations and emphasises the boundaries in the model. Additionally, the research discusses the feasibility of real-life testing for the proposed configurations. The results reveal that the primary frequency of ground vibrations is approximately 18 Hz, which remains unaffected by concrete foam blocks. Furthermore, the paper recommends exploring variations in train masses and speeds, along with developing spatial arrangements capable of attenuating a broader range of low-frequency vibrations. Overall, this paper provides insights into the potential of concrete foam blocks for effectively mitigating ground vibrations induced by freight trains.

Item Type: Thesis (Integration Project)
Supervisor name: Krushynska, A.O. and Beniwal, S.
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Integration Project
Language: English
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2024 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 10:47

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