A simplified index for evaluating subsurface initiated rolling contact fatigue from field measurements
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

A previous simplification of the Dang Van equivalent stress measure for assessment of subsurface initiated rolling contact fatigue (RCF) related to wheel-rail contact is modified. The new criterion is intended for real-time assessment of subsurface RCF from measured wheel-rail contact forces. The only needed parameters in the new expression for the equivalent stress are the vertical force and the wheel and rail radii. Comparisons between the new and the original criterion are carried out and show good agreement for the studied cases of tangent track operations. By employing principles of vehicle dynamics the criterion is further extended to the case of operations in curves. Reasonable consistency was found for curve radii down to approximately 2000 m.

Railway wheels

Contact geometry

Wheel-rail contact forces

Rolling contact fatigue


Elena Kabo

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

R. Enblom

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Anders Ekberg

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik


0043-1648 (ISSN)

Vol. 271 120-124