Behavior of transition plates crossing high-speed railway bridge joints in Germany

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  • Sisi Zhang - , Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) (Author)
  • Steffen Marx - , Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) (Author)
  • Marc Wenner - , MKP GmbH (Author)


Great stresses at the continuously welded rails (CWR) and large fastener forces at bridge joints due to the deformation of bridge ends have been observed in German high-speed railway lines. In order to limit the influence of this localized track-bridge interaction, a novel structure with a transition plate crossing the bridge joints has been applied in the new German high-speed railway line. The utilization of transition plates reduces the restraint forces caused by the deformation of the bridge ends. It divides the large gap at the bridge ends to two smaller gaps at the transition plate ends and ensures that the tensile and compressive forces in the fasteners do not exceed the permitted values at the bridge ends. In this paper, the behavior of the transition plates crossing the bridge joints is discussed. Measured bearing settlements and the dynamic response of the transition plates crossing bridge joints under high-speed train loads are analyzed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2856-2863
Number of pages8
JournalIABSE symposium - report
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


TitleIABSE Symposium 2017
SubtitleEngineering the Future
Abbreviated titleIABSE
Conference number39
Duration21 - 23 September 2017
Degree of recognitionInternational event

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0001-8735-1345/work/142244571



  • Bridge joints, Bridge monitoring, High-speed railway, Track-bridge interaction, Transition plates