The various studies and contributions are drawn into a coherent statement of how wheel/rail friction varies. Surveys of a number of track sites have identified the contaminants present in the wheel/rail interface, and measurements have been made of the adhesion which is experienced by railway traffic. A principal contaminant is a surface active oily fluid spread by the passage of wheels which forms a bonded surface layer on the wear band. A simple relationship has been found between the amount present on the surface and the resulting friction.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Collins, A H
    • Pritchard, C
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-28
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1976 12:00AM