Track-Related Research: Volume 4: Friction Control Methods Used by the Transit Industry

This report includes the results of a research task carried out under Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Project D-7, "Joint Rail Transit-Related Research with the Association of American Railroads/Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Friction Control Used by the Transit Industry." Information is provided on a variety of onboard and wayside friction control applications used in a transit environment to reduce noise, reduce wheel and rail wear, control truck steering forces, and reduce train energy. Descriptions of these applications are provided, along with their most appropriate uses. Operational issues associated with their use are also discussed. The report culminates in the provision of guidelines for selecting various types of friction control technologies. This report should be of interest to engineers involved in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of rail transit systems.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of American Railroads

    Transportation Technology Center, 55500 DOT Road
    Pueblo, CO  United States  81001
  • Authors:
    • Reiff, Richard P
    • Ruud, Nicholas
    • Kalay, Semih F
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 113p
  • Serial:
    • TCRP Report
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 71
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1073-4872
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project D-7
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 1 2005 10:52AM