Technical Reports

Rail Base Corrosion and Cracking Prevention

  • 24
  • Jul
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Dr. George W. Ritter, EWI; Dr. William C. Mohr, EWI; Dr. David Y. Jeong, Volpe NTS Center; Yim A. Tang, Volpe NTS Center; Cameron Stuart, Federal Railroad Administration, US DOT
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-31
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-14/27
SUBJECT: Track, Tracks & Structures, Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Rail base corrosion, corrosion, corrosion treatments, fatigue, rail life
ABSTRACT: Rail base corrosion combined with fatigue or damage can significantly reduce rail life. Studies were done to examine the relative contribution of damage, corrosion, and fatigue on rail life. The combined effects can be separated into constituent factors. Anti-corrosion treatments based on surface passivation of steel have been shown to extend rail fatigue life in the presence of damage and corrosion.

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