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LCC approach for High-speed ballastless tracks
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport Science, Transport Planning, Economics and Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

An approach of life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) for high-speed ballastless tracks in Spain

is carried out in this document based on an approximation of the present value behaviour

through the Electre II Multi criteria method. A review of other LCC researches has been

done analysing their results in order to adapt previous experimental tracks costs to the

present study which is focused on construction and maintenance costs in Spain. Even

though several ballastless systems are introduced and analysed in terms of costs, and

environmental impacts; only four of them are deeply compared with ballasted tracks:

Japanese Shinkansen, Rheda 2000, EDILON embedded rail system and LVT. The

comparisons are established using ratios (ballastless/ballasted track costs) instead of

total costs due to their lack of validation among countries and years. Furthermore, two

case studies have been presented: one using 3% as discount rate which favours

ballastless choice and another using 6% which in contrast, favours the traditional option.

Last chapter aims to compare results from the presented method with proper present

value calculations during 60 years in the Ballasted Madrid-Seville line (Spain).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TSC-MT, 15-011
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-191159OAI: diva2:955164
Available from: 2016-08-24 Created: 2016-08-24

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