MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 116, 20176th International Scientific Conference “Reliability and Durability of Railway Transport Engineering Structures and Buildings” (Transbud-2017)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Railways and Highways, Subways and Industrial Transport|
|Published online||10 July 2017|
Revisiting the reasons for contact fatigue defects in rails
1 Department of Track and Track Facilities, Ukrainian State University of Railway Transport, Feierbakh Square 7, 61050, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2 Track Department JSC “Ukrzaliznytsia”, Tverska Street 5, 03150, Kyiv, Ukraine
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As it is known rail is one of the most significant elements of the whole railway construction. Operation under alternating loads from wheels of the rolling stock and different ambient temperatures lead to appearance and development of rail defects and damages. A great variety of operational factors (freight traffic density, axial loads, traffic speeds, track layout and profile) as well as special features of manufacturing and thermal treatment of rails create certain difficulties while identifying reasons for defects and damages. The article deals with an attempt to estimate influence of track layout and lateral forces on appearance of defects and damages in rails on the base of long-term observations of rail operation in Kharkiv Metro. On the basis of the vehicle/track mathematical model which considers structural features of both rolling stock and permanent way in underground systems, the level of lateral forces in curves was calculated. The coefficients of correlation between the track curvature, the level of forces and the amount of defected rails removed were later obtained, that made it possible to determine the dominant factor which may lead to appearance and development of contact fatigue defects in rails laid in curves.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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