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A single source for authoritative and up-to-date information, this book discusses the safety critical role of the wheel/rail interface and the challenges it poses. It provides the fundamentals of contact mechanics, wear, fatigue, and lubrication as well as state-of-the-art research and emerging technologies. It contains an overview of industrial practice from several different regions of the world, illustrating the challenges in managing the wheel/rail interface in a variety of environments and circumstances. It provides insight into the wheel/rail issues that have a major influence on the running of a reliable, efficient, and safe railway.
State-of-the-Art Research. Introduction to Wheel-Rail Interface Research. Basic Tribology of the Wheel-Rail Contact. Wheel-Rail Contact Mechanics. Friction And Wear Simulation of The Wheel-Rail Interface. Rail Materials. Railway Wheel Wear. Fatigue of Railway Wheels. Out-of-Round Railway Wheels. Rail Surface Fatigue and Wear. The Evolution and Failure of Pearlitic Microstructure in Rail Steel: Observations and Modelling. Rail Corrugation. Rail Welds. Squats on Railway Rails. Effect of Contaminants on Wear, Fatigue and Traction. Effect of Damage on Railway Vehicle Dynamics. Noise and Vibration from the Wheel-Rail Interface. Adhesion and Friction Modification. Wheel-Rail Isolation. Airborne Particles from the Wheel-Rail Contact. Maintenance of the Wheel-Rail Interface. Models for Infrastructure Costs Related to the Wheel-Rail Interface. Industrial Context - Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: Railway Infrastructure Maintenance in a Severe Environment; The Swedish Experience. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: Europe Metro (London Underground) Experience on the London Underground Victoria Line. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: The Canadian Experience. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: The US Experience. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: The Japanese Experience. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: The Australian Experience. Managing the Wheel-Rail Interface: The Dutch Experience.