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China’s new high-speed railway features in latest issue of ICE’s Civil Engineering journal

09 October 2023

The November instalment of the ICE’s flagship journal – free for ICE members to download – is out now.

China’s new high-speed railway features in latest issue of ICE’s Civil Engineering journal
Fuzhou–Xiamen high-speed railway is the world's fastest cross-sea railway.

The November issue of the Civil Engineering journal, which showcases how industry innovators have achieved better outcomes for safety, people, and planet, has just been published.

The issue, which is free for ICE members to download and read, looks at China’s 277km Fuzhou–Xiamen high-speed railway, with specific focus on the 84 bridges that make up 65% of the line.

This trailblazing project is the world's fastest cross-sea railway designed for speeds of up to 350 km/h (10km/h shy of HS2’s maximum speed).

To solve numerous complexities, innovative solutions were employed, such as:

  • a 1000t bridge girder (or beam) transport, enabling the placement of 40m box girders;
  • aerodynamically designed steel–concrete composite girders;
  • the use of nickel-containing weathering steel to resist corrosion; and
  • anodic ladder corrosion-monitoring sensors, which assess structural health.

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Also in the November issue...

Other papers in the journal include:

  • Creating digital twins from computer drawings and laser scans: a comparison
  • Procuring an innovative recycling facility in pursuit of zero waste using NEC4
  • A new behavioural approach for the sustainable design of the built environment

There are also briefing articles on:

  • A review of the United Nations’ initiatives to promote more sustainable infrastructure
  • Environment, society and governance: why these issues are important for civil engineering
  • Full-scale living seawall trial creates a space for nature along the Plymouth coastline, UK
  • How large language models and artificial intelligence are transforming civil engineering

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Reading the journal can help members keep up to date with research and practice in civil engineering worldwide.

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  • Benjamin Ramster, journals manager at Emerald Publishing