Measures to prevent derailments due to fatigue failures of rails require adequate knowledge of the rate of propagation of fatigue cracks under service loading. The report presents a computational model for the prediction of crack growth in rails. The model was derived on the basis of experiments of crack growth under service simulation loading. The applications of the model are discussed. Material data on fatigue crack growth in rail steels are required for the execution of the predictive model. Such data were generated during the present program, but reported elsewhere.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report for Jul 75-Jul 76, PB-272 062.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Columbus Laboratories

    Columbus, OH  United States 

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Broek, D
    • Rice, R C
  • Publication Date: 1981-10

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 147 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00346748
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-81/31
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1076-2
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 29 2003 12:00AM