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On the relationships among wheel–rail surface topography, interface noise and tribological transitions
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Tribologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7560-6232
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Tribologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4447-3363
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Tribologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2489-0688
Tyréns AB, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Wear, ISSN 0043-1648, E-ISSN 1873-2577, Vol. 338-339, 36-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Noise from the wheel-rail interface is a troublesome side effect when railway vehicles negotiate rail curves and straight tracks. A laboratory study using two pin-on-disc tribometers to simulate the pure sliding process in a wheel-rail contact investigated the relationships between surface topographies, tribological aspects and emitted noise. The influence of five different initial surface topographies manufactured by polishing and grinding (transverse and circular) was studied. Polished samples yielded the highest friction coefficient and wear rate because of strong adhesion. Samples with manufacturing traces vertical to the sliding direction produced the lowest friction coefficient and wear rate, and were dominated by ploughing and abrasion. Samples with manufacturing marks parallel to the sliding direction exhibited a medium level in both fiction coefficient and wear rate; the wear mechanism was combined ploughing-adhesion. Noise emission followed the same pattern as the friction coefficients: the highest sound pressure levels occurred for the polished samples and the lowest for the samples with transverse manufacturing marks. Wear transitions from mild to severe wear were always accompanied by an increase in sound pressure of about 10 dB. The transitions also changed the sound pressure amplitude distribution from a narrow banded to a broader banded. 

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 338-339, 36-46 p.
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Rail–wheel tribology, Surface topography, Acoustic emission, Sliding wear, Stick–slip, Steel
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The KTH Railway Group - Tribology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169686DOI: 10.1016/j.wear.2015.05.014ISI: 000362139200005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930965650OAI: diva2:824515

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