The residual stresses result: from heat effects during the cooling of the rail after it leaves the rolling mill; from trimming, after rolling in the vertical and horizontal directions; and from the plastic deformation of the top surface of the rail by the passage of loads. Several existing methods are compared for determining the residual longitudinal stresses. A test was made by the SNCF on four rails which were removed after 11 years of service (tonnage 11 million tons). Before laying and after removal, the vertical deflections were measured. It is apparent that the longitudinal compressive residual stresses produced by cold rolling at the level of the contact surface give rise to a curvature.

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    International Union of Railways

    Office of Research and Experiments
    Utrecht,   Netherlands 
  • Publication Date: 1967-7

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  • Accession Number: 00039538
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORE Pub-25
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 5 1973 12:00AM