Identifying the root causes of damage on the wheels of heavy haul locomotives and its mitigation
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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

damage investigation

Rolling contact fatigue


Anders Ekberg

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Elena Kabo

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Kalle Karttunen

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

B. Lindqvist

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB

Roger Lundén

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

T. Nordmark

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB

J. Olovsson

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB

O. Salomonsson

Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB

Tore V Vernersson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

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

0954-4097 (ISSN)

Vol. 228 6 663-672



Transportteknik och logistik