INVESTIGATION OF 132 LB/YD RAIL MADE FROM VACUUM DEGASSED STEEL
Presently rails are manufactured in 39 ft. lengths. The desire to obtain longer lengths of rail has been expressed by many railroads because of savings anticipated from a reduction in the number of welded joints required in continuous welded rail strings. One factor inhibiting the production of rails longer than 39 ft. is the practice of control cooling in covered containers. Control cooling is employed to prevent the development of internal flakes or shatter cracks that have been causally related to the level of hydrogen absorbed in the steel. With the use of vacuum degassing hydrogen content is controlled by a different technique; therefore, it is believed that rails made of vacuum degassed steel can be air cooled without shatter cracks developing. The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether rails made from vacuum degassed steel and air cooled are comparable in properties with rail steel produced by currently common practices. This laboratory evaluation of 132 lb. RE rail made from vacuum degassed steel was made for the Norfolk and Western Railway. As measured in the laboratory, the properties of these vacuum degassed heats, without controlled cooling, were comparable to those measured previously for steels made by more conventional techniques and subjected to controlled cooling.
- Research sponsored by the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
Chicago, IL USA 60616
- Publication Date: 1971-10
- Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
- Pagination: 57 p.
- TRT Terms: Metallurgy; Rail (Railroads); Rail steel; Steel; Welded rail; Welding
- Old TRIS Terms: Rail steel metallurgy; Rail welding; Vacuum degassed rail
- Subject Areas: Construction; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00080114
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
- Report/Paper Numbers: R-110 Res. Rpt.
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jan 16 1976 12:00AM