Radiative Heat Transfer Analysis of Railroad Bearings Using a Single Bearing Test Rig for Wayside Thermal Detector Optimization

Wayside hot-box detectors (HBDs) are devices that are currently used to evaluate the health of railcar components including bearings, axles, and brakes by monitoring their temperatures. While HBDs have been instrumental in reducing some train derailments in the past few decades, the number of non-verified bearing removals has increased significantly. In general, HBDs tend to underestimate bearing temperatures in both field service and in laboratory testing, which is not surprising considering the simple calibration method that is used to calibrate these devices. Because of this, different calibrations were compared and analyzed including two-point, three-point, and multi-point calibrations. Analysis of the results also suggests that the scanning location significantly affects the temperature measurement. The work summarized here describes how an optimized calibration technique along with proper infrared (IR) sensor alignment can markedly improve the accuracy and precision of wayside HBD temperature measurements in field service.


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  • Accession Number: 01690813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC59
  • Created Date: Dec 28 2018 8:08AM