Guidelines for managing the wheel/rail interface

The competitive market environment in which railway transportation operates requires business goals to be carefully refined. These goals may call for high wear of components such as wheels or rail, but if this wear is not properly controlled, cost can escalate dramatically. Longevity of both vehicle and track is primarily determined by the structural adequacy and quality of maintenance of each. The paper provides guidelines for the management of both train and track. Considerable description is provided of experience gained with managing the wheel/rail interface. Consequences of having, for example, miss-match of wheel and rail profiles, of track structure and axle load, of rail straightness and bogie mass, are discussed. Design rules are provided that enable relatively simple assessment of appropriateness of vehicle and of track, and their interface. References are provided 10 enable further reading and study of specific topics.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Railway technology for the 21st century: CORE 2000: conference on railway engineering, May 21-23 2000, Glenelg, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:51AM