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A Study of Trackside Lubricator Greases on FAST

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1988
AUTHOR: Richard P. Reiff
SUBJECT: Facilities & Test Equipment
KEYWORDS: Facility for Accelerated Service Testing, Metallurgy, Rail Lubrication
ABSTRACT: [From the Introduction] The FAST program has used lubrication during specific periods to extend rail life in various metallurgy tests conducted since 1976. During this time, the gage-face wear rate of standard carbon rail has been used as a "baseline" for measuring comparative life of alternative premium rails. The importance of closely controlling lubrication was not fully recognized until data from early tests indicated vast differences in wear rates of identical rails during various periods of the FAST experiment. The Lubrication Study at FAST was designed to address a number of questions that resulted from early experiments, including how to apply, measure, and control lubrication of the rail.