FIRST WHEEL EXPERIMENT ON FAST

The initial wheel experiment on the Facility for Accelerated Service Testing involved four wheel factors (heat treatment, rim type, manufacturing process and wheel profile) and two truck factors (center plate diameter and truck design). The experiment involved 120 wheelsets on 100-ton loaded cars operated up to about 40,000 miles. Conclusions included: the most significant factor affecting wheel wear is heat treatment; thin flange has been the predominant reason for wheel removal, followed by flange cracking, tread shelling; rail lubrication is an important factor; work hardening of new rail and wheels is a factor in test results.

  • 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  USA  60601
  • Authors:
    • Grey, D E
    • Spanton, D L
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

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

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Iron and Steel Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2 Tech Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM