The results of experimental efforts established the feasibility of the detection of railway wheel plate cracks by an ultrasonic pulse echo testing technique from the tread surface. Feasibility and test sensitivities were established using artificial notches in a flat plate test reference and in full-size wheels. Concepts for manual inspection of stationary wheels and the automatic testing of moving wheels are described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the FRA/U.S. DOT, through the Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Becker, F L
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 88 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151161
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-76-277 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-726
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM