WHEEL, AXLE, AND RAIL STRESS PROBLEMS RELATED TO HIGHER CAPACITY CARS PART 1 AXLE PROBLEMS

This paper submits some fundamental considerations in the design of axles and propose two new axle designs of 72,000 and 80,000 pounds capacity. Larger axle design standardization must satisfy a wide range of car geometry factors such as (a) center of gravity height from 72 to 94 in and (b) wheel diameter ranging up through 40 in. The effect of these factors on axle capacity is shown by curves derived from the Reuleaux formula; serious deficiencies in this formula are also discussed. Other primary axle design factors presented are (c) wheel seat design (f) effect of switches, frogs, and crossings (e) effect of curved track (h) effect of flat spots and shellouts of wheel treads.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Three Park Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Horger, O J
  • Publication Date: 1963-11-21

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00040215
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM