ESR7 Project


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Giacomo D’Angelo   


Project 2.1 (ESR7):

Optimisation of trackbed design and maintenance


My origins and background

I come from Cefalù, a small village close to Palermo, and I used to live in Sicily till 2012.

After completing a BSc (2010) and a MSc(2012) in Civil Engineering (Strucures and Geotechnique) at the “Università degli studi di Palermo”,  I moved to Rome for a post-graduation advanced course in Railway Infrastructures and System Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Currently I am a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham.


Project objectives and methodology

The project aims to increase the effectiveness of maintenance and associated design proposing a best practise that includes the re-use of old ballast particles in order to increase the sustainability and the cost-effeciency of traditional ballasted track. To achive this, the main objectives to be targeted are: 1) to identify testing methods that refect reasonably close field perfomance; 2) to compare current maintenance operations such as tamping and stoneblowing; 3)  to stabilise old ballast using a cost-effective cold technology such as bituminous emulsions.

Research plan

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Partners involved:




Laboratory simulation of field loading condition and maintenance operations

D’Angelo Giacomo, Thom Nick, Lo Presti Davide. Proceeding of the 13th International Conference & Exhibition on Railway Engineering. 30th June- 1st July 2015, Edinburgh, UK. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4538.9521

Linear and nonlinear fractional hereditary constitutive laws of asphalt mixtures

Di Mino Gaetano, Airey Gordon, Di Paola Mario, Pinnola Francesco, D’Angelo Giacomo, Lo Presti Davide. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management 01/2015; (accepted, in press 2015). 2.02 Impact Factor   doi:10.3846/13923730.2014.914104


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