e. Select Rail Size.

(1) Use equation 6-5 to determine a minimum rail weight:

Eq 6-5

Wo

=

Weight of rail (lb/yd)

P

=

Design wheel load (lb)

α

=

Impact factor, where:

α

=

1, where design operating speed is 25 mph or less.

α

=

1.4, where design operating speed is more than 25 mph.

(2) Select a rail section from table 6-7 of equal or greater weight than calculated above.

Table 6-7. Rail Sections

100 ARA-B

41.3

15.7

112 RE

65.5

21.8

115 RE

65.6

22.0

130 RE

77.4

25.5

132 RE

88.2

27.6

133 RE

86.0

27.0

136 RE

95.4

28.4

f. Determine Moment and Loading Coefficients.

(1) The moment and loading coefficients account for the affects of wheels adjacent to the design

wheel. Adjacent wheels reduce rail moment and increase tie, ballast, and subgrade load.

(2) Calculate X1 using equation 6-6. (X1 should normally range between 28 and 40):

Eq 6-6

X1 =

Distance from design wheel load to point of zero bending moment (inches).

Vertical moment of inertia of rail section (in.4).

I=

u=

Stiffness of rail support, or track modulus (psi).

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