Prestressed concrete cross tie having increased fatigue life

  • US 4,712,735 A
  • Filed: 02/06/1986
  • Issued: 12/15/1987
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/08/1983
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A prestressed concrete tie assembly comprising:

  • a concrete tie body wherein the cross section of the body varies transversely across the tie and includes a pair of track support portions of large cross sections, end portions of reduced cross sections, and a center portion of reduced cross section;

    a plurality of prestressed metallic rods spaced across the transverse extent of the concrete body and extending throughout the longitudinal extent of the body;

    said concrete body having a neutral axis which varies according to the cross section of the body portion;

    said rods being located at a single level within the concrete body, and at the same time being located sufficiently near the varying neutral axis of the concrete body whereby stress fluctuations in the rods do not exceed the endurance limit of the rod material, and wherein in the track support portions of the body, the strands are located below the neutral axis of the section, and wherein at the center and end portions of the body the strands are located above the neutral axis of the section.

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