The microstructure of the rails in the zone influenced by contact stresses is considered in this paper. Current metallurgical practices associated with the production of high-tensile-strength rail steels are reviewed. These include rails with high carbon (0.69 to 0.82%) and manganese (0.70 to 1.05%) contents and tensile strengths averaging between 97 and 100 kg/sq mm and wear resistance of between 0.4 to 0.5 mm per million tons of gross traffic. Practical tests on experimentally hardened rails laid in sections of high-density traffic with an outside rail curvature showed no tear-out or pitting after 120 to 140 million gross tons of traffic. It was concluded that the endurance of rails is influenced not only by the strength and other mechanical properties but also by the microstructure, and, in fact, this may often be decisive.

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  • Authors:
    • Lempitskiy, V V
    • Kazarnovskiy, D S
  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 111-117
  • Serial:
    • Russian Metallurgy
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Scientific Information Consultants, Limited

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  • Accession Number: 00172599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM