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Ultrasonic characterisation of a wheel/rail contact
KTH, Superseded Departments, Machine Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2489-0688
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2004 (English)In: Transient Processes in Tribology, 2004, Vol. 43, 151-158 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A quantification of stress in a wheel/rail contact is essential information required in fatigue and wear calculations for determining design life, regrinding and maintenance schedules. The aim of this work was to use ultrasound to non-destructively determine wheel/rail contact pressures. A wheel/rail interface behaves like a spring. If the pressure is high there are few air gaps; so it is very stiff and allows transmission of an ultrasonic wave. If the pressure is low then interface stiffness is lower and most ultrasound is reflected. A spring model was used to determine maps of contact stiffness from wheel/rail contact ultrasonic reflection data. A calibration procedure was then used to determine the pressure. Measured contact pressure contours are compared with those predicted by various contact theories.

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2004. Vol. 43, 151-158 p.
, Tribology Series, ISSN 0167-8922 ; 43
Keyword [en]
air, calibration, conference paper, mathematical computing, mathematical model, prediction, pressure, railway, rigidity, stress, ultrasound
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Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157312ISI: 000228466000015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-17644391798ISBN: 0-444-51706-5OAI: diva2:770212
30th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology, Inst Natl Sci Appl, Lyon, FRANCE, SEP 02-05, 2003

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Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2014-12-10Bibliographically approved

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