METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS OF FAILED RIMS ON FIVE BURLINGTON NORTHERN UNIT TRAIN TRUCK BOLSTERS

Results of fracture analysis, dimensional study, chemical analysis, Brinell hardness tests, and examination of the microstructures of five failed unit train truck bolster castings are reported. It was concluded that the failures were all triggered at the rim-bowl base fillet by various stress risers created by impacts of the horizontal liner plates against the rims. The failures propagated suddenly or in fatigue under impact of the rims with the body center plates. It was also found that the vertical liner rings had broken away from the rims of two bolsters before they were removed from service.

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    Association of American Railroads

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  • Authors:
    • Fleming, L
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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  • Pagination: 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of American Railroads
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-152
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1976 12:00AM