APPLICATION OF THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF IMPROVED RAILROAD CAR WHEEL DESIGNS

This paper discusses the use of the finite element method in the development of an improved 33-inch (0.838 m) railroad wheel that has been introduced into service. Calculated elastic stresses resulting from the thermal and mechanical loads are presented for an existing wheel design and for the new wheel design. Validation of the calculated stresses is by experimental data developed on a railroad dynamometer. Drag test data for the new wheel design is compared to historical data.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Rail Transportation Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the Winter Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 10-15, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Rusin, T M
    • Kleeschulte, D G
    • Coughlin, J M
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 78/WA/RT-5 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM