ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE SELECTION OF FRICTION MATERIALS FOR RAIL APPLICATIONS

There are considered to be three generations of friction materials all in current use -- cast iron, asbestos based composition materials and "non toxic" composition materials. The paper identifies the various constituents of these materials and reviews the evidence of their impact on the environment. The conclusion is drawn that much of the recent concern about health hazards is misdirected. It is put forward that the current main environmental problems with rail friction materials arise from the failure of railways to move away from the first generation cast iron on other than a small scale.

  • 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:
    • Weaving, B
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 159-166

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324899
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1979-11 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM