STUDY OF A PLASMA TORCH FOR IMPROVING ADHESION. OPERATIONAL RESULTS AND PRELIMINARY LOW TEMPERATURE STUDIES
In the first part of the report the results obtained during the systematic use of plasma torches on two railway lines worked by heavily loaded coal trains are described. Under the special conditions applicable to these tests the adhesion required for avoiding wheel slipping phenomena had been reached and maintained for approximately 6 hours under unfavourable climatic conditions. In the second part, some tentative ideas concerning the maintenance of the plasma torch equipment and the special plasma vehicle are indicated. Finally the third part of the report deals with the problem of the use of plasma torches at very low temperature (ignition of torches, melting of ice on rails).
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International Union of RailwaysOffice of Research and Experiments
- Publication Date: 1971-10
- Features: Figures;
- Pagination: 18 p.
- TRT Terms: Adhesion; Car wheels (Railroads); Coal; Coal industry; Cold weather; Freight traffic; Ice; Low temperature; Operations; Plasma arc cutting; Rail (Railroads); Tests; Train track dynamics; Wheel slip; Wheels
- Identifier Terms: British Rail
- Old TRIS Terms: Plasma generators; Plasma torch; Question b114
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Freight Transportation; Railroads; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00052981
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Union of Railways
- Report/Paper Numbers: B114/RP 2/E
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM