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Rail Dampers
Innovative Noise Mitigation

Innovative Noise Mitigation


Rail dampers are based on the latest

on Railways
technologies to reduce broadband
railway noise at its source. The vibra-
tion level within the rail during a train
passing by will be damped.
Rail dampers are based on the latest technologies
Totoachieve maximum
reduce broadband noise
railway noise atreduction,
its source. Vibration
Vibration of rail
of rail
dampers need
The vibration level to bethe
within adapted
rail duringto the
a train
individual shape of
passing by will be damped. a rail at first (e.g.
115RE or 119RE).
To achieve maximum noise reduction, dampers
Different measurements In the next step dampers are mounted
need to be adapted to the individual shape of a
on various tracks including on a test track in our laboratory. A
rail at first (e.g. UIC 60).
> 350,000 assembled passing train is simulated by exciting
rail dampers in Europe the rail with a special shaker.
In the next step dampers are mounted on a
proved an average noise
test track
Finally in our laboratory.
dampers A passing
are tuned train is
to reduce
reduction of 2-6 dB(A).
simulatednoise
emitting by exciting
bestthepossible
rail with a special shaker.
at corre- Test track in our laboratory

sponding frequency range.


Finally dampers are tuned to reduce emitting noise
The
bestindividual tuning of dampers
possible at corresponding ena-
frequency range.
bles application on all kinds of tracks
such as ballasted
The individual tuning oftrack,
dampersballastless
enables applica-
Performance of different rail track and high speed tracks.
tion on all kinds of tracks such as ballasted track,
dampers during various
ballastless track and high speed tracks.
passing trains
Performance of different rail
dampers during various passing trains
Source: Stieglitz/Czolbe: Tuned Dampers assembled on ballast track
Source: Stieglitz/Czolbe:
„Effectivity of rail dampers“,
„Effectivity of rail
Speech DAGA dampers“, SpeechAG
2012, Prose DAGA
2012,Prose AG
Tuned Dampers on ballasted track

Schrey & Veit

Tuned Dampers on ballastless track

Tuned Dampers on ballastless track

Kampa-International INC
71 Stevenson St. Suite 400 PMB# 95382
CA 94105, San Francisco, USA
Installation of Rail Dampers
Assembly of rail dampers is easy, even on ballasted and non-ballasted tracks

First need to be checked if a minor


quantity of the ballast has to be
removed. At the same time the rail
dampers can be distributed on the
track and assembly can start right
away.
Rail dampers are aligned mechani-
cally. The dampers will be installed by
clamping the dampers to the rail by
using a spring or by using a clamp
device. The bolts are tightened by a
motor driven sleeper screw driver and
can easily be dismantled that way (e.g.
change of rails). The springs can be
easily installed by a leverage tool.
It takes an average manpower of 14
track workers to assemble 300 m/
hour (track).
By deploying 3 teams of that size an
average output of 1,000 meters/hour
is possible.
In case of a rail replacement the
dampers can be dismantled quickly,
put aside the track and reinstalled on
the new rail.

Installed systems:
> 650,000 in Europe
> 13,000 in the US

Test tracks:
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France, USA , Australia


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Maintenance and LCC

Based on their components, rail Rail grinding does not interfere with
dampers have a long life cycle and rail dampers since their components
need no maintenance. After the wear are heat resistant. Tamping machines
limit dampers can be easily dismount- can also operate without interference.
ed and recycled.

Tamping machine Rail grinding

Rail Vibration Damper Effectiveness at Retarding Corrugation Growth


The figure shows the growth of corrugation with rail dampers was dramatically less than observed
without rail dampers.

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KamPa International Inc.


71 Stevenson Street, Suite 400 PMB# 95382
CA 94105, San Francisco
• Rai lway com pon e nts Phone: +1 415 655 6770
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