A key factor in all aspects of rail vehicle and track performance, particularly the reliability of the rail and wheel, is the characterization of the wheel/rail load environment. In the context of flaw growth and component fatigue, this characterization is best defined in a statistical sense. Extensive measurements of loads from both wayside and on-board instrumentation during experiments conducted in 1978 on the Union Pacific Railroad have resulted in a substantial "data bank." In this paper, some results from a statistical analysis of these data are presented; and techniques for predicting extreme-value loads and for extrapolating the load environment to other track, traffic, and operating conditions are described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the Joint Railroad Conference, April 9-10, 1980, Montreal, Canada
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Ahlbeck, D A
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 80-RT-7 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM