One of the most recent developments in the metal adhesives field is their use in the assembly of wheelsets. One reason for this is the increasing demand for lighness of unsprung parts. The normal method of assembly of wheelsets by interference press fit has reached the limits which the materials can withstand. A careful choice of the adhesive to be used is most important in all cases, but especially so for such highly stressed parts as wheels, axles and tyres. With these factors in mind, the German Federal Railway decided on an experimental application of the process. Four axles were assembled using adhesive methods in the repair works at Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. For the joints between the wheel hubs and axles a very strong adhesive of low viscosity was chosen, but it was decided to press on the axle in the usual manner. A first test on a wheelset testing machine at the Minden Research Institute took the form of running 10,000 km with a constant axleload of 17 tons. This produced no displacement of the glued components, and it was noted that the wheelset ran remarkably quietly.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1969-1-17

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  • Accession Number: 00037434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1976 12:00AM