Wheel/rail adhesion levels required by braking are compared with the available adhesion measured by a tribometer train. The probability of wheelslide in the worst of normal conditions is enumerated. The extremes of low adhesion, due to autumn leaves or thick rust, are described. An account is given of the adverse effects of some composition blocks, measured in the laboratory, and evidence supporting the use of auxiliary cast iron or abrasive "scrubber blocks" to maintain adhesion is outlined.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • International Conference on Railway Braking, University of York, England, September 26-27, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Pritchard, C
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-26

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1979-11 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM