Mechanical deterioration of wheels and rails under winter conditions – mechanisms and consequences
Journal article, 2019

This study focuses on identifying and understanding the core phenomena behind winter-related issues with regard to railways. State-of-the-art knowledge regarding the mechanical deterioration of wheels and rails is employed to obtain a first estimation of the influence of the different phenomena and to find out under which circumstances they are influential. The interaction between these different phenomena is discussed, as this additional level of complexity is necessary to develop a complete understanding.

winter conditions

railway wheel damage

rail damage

Rolling contact fatigue


Roger Deuce

Bombardier Transportation Sweden

Anders Ekberg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Dynamics

Elena Kabo

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Dynamics

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

0954-4097 (ISSN)

Vol. 233 6 640-648

Research into enhanced tracks, switches and structures (In2Track)

European Commission (Horizon 2020), 2016-12-01 -- 2020-12-31.

Swedish Transport Administration, 2016-09-01 -- 2019-06-30.

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Sustainable development

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Subject Categories

Applied Mechanics

Infrastructure Engineering

Vehicle Engineering



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