Wear impact on rolling contact fatigue crack growth in rails
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2013

Wear and rolling contact fatigue of rails are a major problem for the railway industry and it is of great importance to develop models for prediction of rail life. In this paper, a 2D FE model is used to simulate crack growth of a single head check–like RCF crack in an idealized rail. The presented model takes into account wear through crack truncation and allows for crack curving. The influence of a number of parameters on the net crack growth rate is presented for different values of the dissipated contact energy Tγ. Studied parameters include surface friction, contact pressure, fluid pressurization and wear coefficient. From the studies it is concluded that the net growth rate is highly dependent on all the studied parameters. This highlights the need for accurate estimates of contact forces and material parameters in order to accurately determine wear impact on crack growth in rails.

RCF

Crack propagation

Wear

Material forces

Författare

Jim Brouzoulis

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Wear

0043-1648 (ISSN)

Vol. 314 13-19

Ämneskategorier

Maskinteknik

Styrkeområden

Transport

DOI

10.1016/j.wear.2013.12.009