Research Results

Control of Rolling Contact Fatigue on Premium Rails in Revenue Service

  • 12
  • Nov
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
KEYWORDS: Rail life extension, premium rail, revenue service
ABSTRACT: Effective rail maintenance strategies are essential for controlling rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and reducing wear of rails under heavy axle load (HAL) operations. In an effort to optimize rail maintenance strategies in revenue service, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) has been investigating top-of-rail (TOR) friction control and preventative grinding practices for control of RCF.
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