Identifying the root causes of damage on the wheels of heavy haul locomotives and its mitigation
Journal article, 2014

The paper illustrates how damage patterns in the form of rolling contact fatigue (RCF) on wheels, can be employed to identify and improve underlying operational conditions. The focus is on RCF of locomotive wheels operating on the Iron Ore Line in northern Sweden and Norway. Seasonal changes and damage patterns are charted. Potential root causes for observed damage patterns are identified and investigated. Mitigating actions are proposed and the efficiency of implemented actions is quantified.

railway wheel maintenance

Rolling contact fatigue

damage investigation

Author

Anders Ekberg

Dynamics

Elena Kabo

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics

Kalle Karttunen

Dynamics

B. Lindqvist

LKAB

Roger Lundén

Dynamics

T. Nordmark

LKAB

J. Olovsson

LKAB

O. Salomonsson

LKAB

Tore V Vernersson

Dynamics

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit

0954-4097 (ISSN)

Vol. 228 6 663-672

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Transport Systems and Logistics

Areas of Advance

Transport

DOI

10.1177/0954409714526165

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