A description is given of the fractographic features of subsurface fatigue in rails. This background knowledge is employed to develop a fracture mechanics model of the fatigue process and it is shown that crack propagation in shear is a dominant mechanism. With some simplifying assumptions, particularly with regard to the effectiveness of combined modes II and III in determining fatigue response, it is shown that the influence of material variations and railroad operational conditions on service fatigue performance can be evaluated. In particular, the effects of inclusion size and wheel load on rail performance are considered and predictions made as to the influence of axle load on the rate of appearance of significant defects in track.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • Chipperfield, C G
    • Blicbau, A S
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

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  • Accession Number: 00386250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM