Busck Prestressed Concrete Railway Sleepers

Busck Prestressed Concrete Railway Sleepers

Railway sleepers have a tough life. Supporting heavy trains every day means issues such as fatigue, breaking strength and fastener reliability are an on-going concern. We helped Busck Prestressed Concrete Ltd to prove that their sleepers can withstand 3 million fatigue cycles, allowing them to extend their product’s guaranteed lifetime. Such intimate product knowledge is what helps Busck keep network operators happy and the rails safe.

Busck Prestressed Concrete Railway Sleepers

Trains are heavy - if you manufacture railway sleepers you need to know they work. Busck needed a reliable partner to help them ensure that their sleepers are a quality product and up to the challenge of life on the rails.  To prove they work, ongoing batch and type testing is used to ensure the quality and reliability of the sleepers meet the requirements of the AS 1085.14:2003 standard.

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To determine the performance of Busck's sleepers, we conducted a range of tests including vertical load, cyclic fatigue, developmental length, ultimate load, fastener pull out and torque tests. Astoundingly the Busck sleeper withstood over 3 million fatigue cycles and held a static load of 246kN for over 3 minutes; exceeding the required performance and extending the sleeper’s expected lifetime. Such knowledge is invaluable when Busck are selling their product to customers – nothing speaks louder than test results when assessing product performance.

If you would like more information regarding our test services, please contact us on +64 3 363 2180 or email Info@holmessolutions.com.

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