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Crack Growth Rates of Vertical Split Rim Wheel Failures

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Daniel H. Stone

ESI, Omaha, NE

Steven L. Dedmon

Standard Steel, Burnham, PA

Paper No. JRC2017-2205, pp. V001T02A001; 3 pages
  • 2017 Joint Rail Conference
  • 2017 Joint Rail Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, April 4–7, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5071-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The fatigue crack growth rates of three vertical split rim (VSR) wheel fractures are calculated using the Paris-Erdogan fatigue crack growth equation. Initial crack length, final crack length were measured for three wheels that have experienced VSR failures. The results of the calculations indicate the lives after crack initiation are relatively short. The results of these calculations indicate the timely reduction of the number of VSR failures should emphasize the prevention of the initiation of the VSR cracks.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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