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The contribution of iron oxides to the wet-rail phenomenon
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2489-0688
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7560-6232
2016 (English)In: Civil-Comp Proceedings, ISSN 1759-3433, Vol. 110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper reviews the current literature regarding iron oxide formation in the wheel-rail contact in order to assess the possible role of iron oxides in the "Wet-Rail" phenomenon, which causes low adhesion between the wheel and the rail. The paper discusses the structure and formation of oxides from a chemical perspective before analysing the direct tribological effects and outlining the techniques that have been used to study the oxide layers. This paper also suggests how knowledge of the subject could be expanded and how further understanding of the "Wet-Rail" phenomenon could lead to better mitigation methods, resulting in both economic and safety benefits.

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Civil-Comp Press , 2016. Vol. 110
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Adhesion, Corrosion, Friction, Iron oxide, Tribology, Wet-rail, Iron, Wheels, Low adhesion, Mitigation methods, Oxide formation, Oxide layer, Safety benefits, Wheel-rail contacts, Iron oxides
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186746Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84964403657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-186746DiVA: diva2:943774
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Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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