Design and Construction of Segmental Bridges for High Speed Rail by Jacques Combault

ASPIRE, Fall 2013

The famous Japanese Shinkansen railway network started operating in 1964 and has been progressively improved with the objective of operating at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) or more. Since the Shinkansen’s beginning, many countries have implemented high-speed rail (HSR) as an easy link between cities. The first section of the French TGV opened to traffic between Paris and Lyon in 1981. The operation of the 345-km-long (214- mile) Taiwanese HSR, which runs most of the time on viaducts at 300 km/h (186 mph), started in 2007. Today, HSR has become a reality in Asia, Europe, and North America, resulting in the construction of large infrastructures that are designed for dense and heavy rail traffic at speeds never before reached. Read more…

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