Control of rolling contact fatigue of rails

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Proceedings titleProceedings of the AREMA 2004 Annual Conferences
ConferenceAREMA 2004 Annual Conferences, May 17-22, 2004, Nashville, TN
AbstractDespite continuing improvements in rail steels, inspection, lubrication and grinding, rolling contact fatigue (RCF) remains a key cause of rail maintenance and rail replacement. Exploiting existing techniques and developing improved ones for prediction, identification and treatment of RCF is essential for ensuring safety, increasing rail life and reducing maintenance and capital costs. This paper reviews the different types of RCF found on rails, and the physical and operating parameters that influence RCF. Their influence on RCF is discussed in the light of field experience and emerging models of wheel-rail interaction and rail damage. The important role of wheel/rail tractions in RCF formation is highlighted and the suggestion made that normal contact stress alone is insufficient for modeling RCF. An example of predicted RCF for three rail profiles and several rail hardness values is given. The paper concludes by providing practical guidelines for the economic and safe control of RCF. It also discusses potential vehicle/track system improvements to reduce the risk of RCF crack development, and highlights emerging and anticipated developments that will further improve a railway’s ability to prevent and treat RCF.
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PublisherAmerican Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Centre for Surface Transportation Technology
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number23000272
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