ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties
AXION Structural Innovations’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are of the highest quality, made using our patented formula – an industrial grade, Recycled Structural Composite (RSC). ECOTRAX® ties currently meet and exceed all AREMA standards.
ECOTRAX® simply outperform traditional railroad ties. They are virtually impervious to the elements; will not rust, splinter, crumble, rot, absorb moisture or leach toxic chemicals into the environment; and are completely impervious to infestation by insects. ECOTRAX® ties offer a lower lifetime cost than traditional materials. Installing ECOTRAX® requires no special tools or training.
Produced from 100% recycled material, each mile of our ECOTRAX® ties keeps tons of plastic bottles and waste from sitting in landfills and filling our oceans – making ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties a smart choice environmentally. And, because ECOTRAX® ties feature longer life cycles, are extremely strong, durable, and low maintenance – they are also a highly cost-effective choice.
FULL RANGE OF SIZES! Perfect for Switch Ties, Turnouts, and Road Crossings, ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are now available in a full range of sizes and lengths: 6″x10″ (up to 20-foot); 7″x9″ (up to 25-foot); 8″x10″ (up to 32-foot); 6″x9″ (up to 25-foot); 5.5″x9″ (up to 16-foot). Call to discuss custom lengths.
PHOTO (above left) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties (switch ties) installed in Florida.
PHOTO (above right) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties, level crossing in Texas.
ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties: Key Features
MEET AND EXCEED ALL AREMA STANDARDS
Axion’s Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ECOTRAX® Railroad ties meet and exceed all AREMA standards. ECOTRAX® ties can be used in: Road Crossings, Switches, Light Rail, Bridges, Mining, and Heavy Axle Load Freight.
Impervious to rot, fungus, insects, and moisture
ECOTRAX® ties can be installed using traditional wood-tie equipment. No special training or equipment is needed
ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFER & CLEANER Axion’s proprietary Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) material is inert, contains no toxic materials, and is non-corrosive
Made from 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long, functional life
PROVEN LONGER LASTING
They resist plate wear, hold spikes, and maintain gauge – even after more than ten years at the TTCI HTL test track, accumulating over 1,500 MGT of 39-ton axle loads.
PHOTOS (top-left and left) – ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties installed in Texas.
PHOTO (below) – 8″ x 10″ ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie
ECOTRAXComposite Railroad Ties: Quality
AXION manufactures our ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties using the highest quality materials, design, formula, and manufacturing processes. Made using our patentedformula – an industrial grade, Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) – and proven to be well above all AREMA standards, ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties are consistently held to the highest standard in the industry – ours.
QUALITY MATERIALS & BLENDS
Starting with tight controls in place for both our raw materials and our patented blends, AXION is able to consistently manufacture our ties within an established range of tolerance. The result is not just high quality, but consistently high quality. A consistent product is a product you can depend upon.
QUALITY DESIGN & INOVATION
By constantly monitoring our results, AXION can more readily identify opportunities to improve on our already outstanding design and manufacturing. For example, our patented pattern – debossed upon the sides and bottom of each ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Tie – allows for optimal hold and increased mechanical interlock between tie and ballast. By fine-tuning and improving our design and manufacturing processes, we have developed a pattern that is both debossed and slightly embossed – on the same tie. Small improvement – better product.
(left) ECOTRAX® EMBOSSED surface
During manufacturing, AXION controls multiple variables for quality including: manifold temperature, pressure, flow-rate, and pack-times during the extrusion process. Our ties are also 100% inspected visually for anomalies that impact fit, form, or function. Aesthetic applications are also evaluated and random sample selection is performed for lot acceptance testing (LAT), in accordance with ANSI Z1.4-2003.
Quality control continues during and after cooling, when our ties are sent through X-Ray and weighing, then checked for any critical voids. Dimensional and mechanical tests – including length, width, height, end perpendicularity, and straightness – are performed on all LAT samples. All LAT samples are tested for Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) and Modulus of Rupture (MOR) equivalencies. MOR (min) tests are performed to 3000 psig and one LAT sample per shift is destructively tested to acquire MOR (max) values.
ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties: Mechanical Properties
|Specific Gravity||0.85 – 0.90|
|Density||53 – 56 lb/ft3 (849-897 kg/m3)|
|Compressive Strength (Parallel to Grain)||3,000 psi (20.6 MPa) average|
|Compressive Strength (Perpendicular to Grain)||1,200 psi (8.3 MPa) average|
|Permanent Deformation Under Load (30,000 lb. / 13,608 kg)||0.013 in (0.33cm)|
AREMA Chapter 30, Part 2
|Modulus of Elasticity (Flexural)||250,000 psi (1,724 MPa) average|
|Modulus of Rupture (Bending)||3,000 psi (20.6 MPa) average|
|Rail/Plate Area Compression
AREMA Chapter 30, Part 2
|Cut Spike Pullout and Cut Spike Lateral Restraint
AREMA Chapter 30, Part 2
|Screw Spike Pullout
|Mechanical Fastener Screw Spike Pullout
11/16” (17.5 mm) screw, 9/16” (14 mm) diameter pilot hole
|7,103 lbs. (31.6 kN)|
|Single Tie Lateral Push
AREMA Chapter 30, Part 2Sample size: 7” x 9” x 8’6” tie
ASTM D6341Sample size: 6”x9”x12”
NOTE: All testing was conducted at accredited, third-party test facilities. The information provided herein contains typical or average values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for part design and are not intended for use in establishing maximum, minimum, or ranges of values for specification purposes.
ECOTRAX Composite Railroad Ties: Technical Documents
Tests and Reports for AXION’s ECOTRAX® Composite Railroad Ties.
Please contact AXION to request technical test and report data.
ECOTRAXComposite Railroad Ties: Image Gallery
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