The rail dampers are mechanical devices which work as dynamic absorbers to reduce the rail vibration and rolling noise. The paper shows the experimental results from the functionality and performance testing of an experimental demonstrative rail damper. The vibration attenuation takes the highest values, namely 6-22 dB, between 160 and 1000 Hz.
In this paper, a rail joint model consisting of three Euler-Bernoulli beams connected via a Winkler foundation is proposed in order to point out the influence of the joint gap length upon the stiffness of the rail joint. Starting from the experimental results aiming the stiffness of the rail joint, the Winkler foundation stiffness of the model has been calculated. Using the proposed model, it is shown that the stiffness of the rail joint of the 49 rail can decreases up to 10 % when the joint gap length increases from 0 to 20 mm.