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- Modelling the effect of steady state wheel temperature on rail wear
- Asih, A. M. S.; Ding, K.; Kapoor, A.
- A moving train subjects a rail cross section to many wheel passes and heat generation at the interface from bulk friction and microslip. Frictional heating at the interface causes the temperature of the contacting rail surface and wheel surface to rise. After the train has passed, the rail temperature drops to ambient till the next train arrives. Wheels, on the other hand, pick up the frictional heat input continuously and hence their steady state temperature could be much higher than that of the rail. A hot wheel provides an additional temperature rise at the rail surface. The accompanying thermal stresses and thermal softening may enhance the rail wear rate. This has been investigated in the present study. A ratchetting failure-based computer simulation has been employed to assess the wear rate of a pearlitic rail steel. It is found that the thermal stress effect on wear rate is only the modest, but thermal softening can enhance the wear rate by up to an order of magnitude for the conditions considered.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
- Tribology Letters, Vol. 49, no. 1 (Jan 2013), pp. 239-249
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 0912 Materials Engineering; 0913 Mechanical Engineering
- Frictional heating; Rail wear; Ratchetting; Steady state wheel temperature; Thermal softening
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- Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012.
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