This part of EN 13230 defines technical criteria and control procedures which have to be satisfied by the
constituent materials and the finished concrete sleepers and bearers, i.e.: precast concrete sleepers, bearers
for switches and crossings, and special elements for railway tracks.
The main requirement of concrete sleepers and bearers is the transmission of vertical, lateral and longitudinal
loads from the rails to the ballast or other support. In use they are also exposed to frost damage and to
moisture, which can result in detrimental chemical reactions within the sleeper.
In this standard mechanical tests are defined which provide assurance of the capability of sleepers or bearers
to resist repetitive loading and provide sufficient durability. In addition controls are placed on manufacturing
processes and tests to ensure that the concrete will not suffer degradation in service through chemical
reaction and frost damage.
Legislation related to this standard
Procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors
Interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system
Directive 2001/16/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2001 on the interoperability of the trans-European conventional rail system
DIRECTIVE 2008/57/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community (Recast)Harmonized/Supporting