THE ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION OF FAILURE IN RAILWAY AXLES

Axles are one of the most important components of railway vehicles with regard to safety, since a fail-safe design is not available. To maintain the safety record of high speed railway systems, the fatigue strength of the axles has been extensively studied. The aim of this paper is to review and analyze the causes of failure in railway axles, and to show how the results have been applied to improve axle manufacture and in-service inspection. The problems of fretting fatigue crack initiation at press-fitted axle parts is emphasized; however, these problems have not been completely solved even though up-to-date fatigue design methods are employed. The safety of the railway has been ensured by maintenance such as the regular inspection for fatigue cracks at critical parts.

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    Butterworth Scientific Limited

    Journals Division, P.O. Box 63, Westbury House, Bury
    Guildford, Surrey  England  GU2 5BH
  • Authors:
    • Hirakawa, K
    • TOYAMA, K
    • Kubota, M
  • Publication Date: 1998

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 135-144
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  • Accession Number: 00792604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2000 12:00AM