Measurements have been made on two tangent test sections and a curved test section to characterize the wheel/rail load environment on Class 5 track. The tangent-track test sections included a 3-mile length of bolted-joint rail under a 3-mile length of continuous welded rail. Wayside measurements of loads under passing revenue traffic were obtained from randomly located strain gage patterns on the rail, while an instrumented 100-ton freight car was run over the test sections at a range of speeds to define the load spectrum from the vehicle. Joint impact loads were defined from the instrumented wheelset measurements, while special wayside measurements were included to define the influence of wheel flats. Additional measurements were obtained from the on-board instrumentation over a test section that included two 6-degree, 6-inch superelevation curves. This report presents the data obtained from these measurements and describes the wayside and vehicle-borne instrumentation, the experiment design and operation, and the data reduction and analysis approach employed. Statistical summaries of the load environments are presented.

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    Battelle Columbus Laboratories

    505 King Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201

    Illinois Institute of Technology

    3300 South Federal Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616-3793

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ahlbeck, D R
    • Johnson, M R
    • Harrison, H D
    • Tuten, J M
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 292 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/19 Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-FRA-80-6
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1051
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM