The purpose of this paper is to provide a common starting point for further discussions on the subject of thermal damage in railroad wheels. The intent is to construct a simple explanation of a complex subject. Wheel design would be fairly straightforward if the wheel functioned only as a load bearing member, or only as an outlet for heat from braking. Because it serves both purposes, design problems compound. Balanced braking among all cars in the train is critical. A locomotive dynamic brake offers a huge outlet for braking heat. The paper discusses the contributions of better wheels, properly aligned brake rigging, and better brake shoes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was presented at the Air Brake Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 15, 1970.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Griffin Wheel Company

    445 North Sacramento Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60612
  • Authors:
    • Berg, N A
    • Kucera, W J
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM