WHEELSET RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRITISH STEEL CORPORATION

This paper reviews recent activities of the Sheffield Laboratories. Metallurgical studies have shown thermal cracking in wheels increases with yield strength and reduces with ductility. Finite element analysis shows lower stresses in the typical European double-curved plate wheel than in the American straight-plate design. While high compressive residual stresses are generated in tread surfaces by service, tread braking does not affect residuals in plates. In disc braked wheels, however, high tensile stresses were found in plates. Axle compressive residual surface stresses were produced by water quenching after tempering. High residuals produced by cold rolling of wheelseats were reduced subsequently by surface grinding.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Supported in cooperation with the Association of American Railroads, Federal Railroad Administration and Railway Wheel Association. Sixth International Wheelset Congress, October 22-26, 1978, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Iron and Steel Institute

    230 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60601
  • Authors:
    • Babb, A S
    • Hoddinott, D S
    • Naylor, D J
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184149
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Iron and Steel Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1 Tech Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1978 12:00AM