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Effect of Wheel Loading on the Occurrence of Vertical Split Rim Wheel Failures

[+] Author Affiliations
Joseph Krisdtan

Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Daniel Stone

Hunter Holiday Consulting

John Elkins

RVD Consulting

Paper No. IMECE2004-59049, pp. 3-6; 4 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Rail Transportation
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4719-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The recent appearance of vertical split rim (VSR) wheel failures has presented North American railroads with a new mode of wheel failure. These failures originate from tread shelling as a result of rolling contact fatigue (RCF). One or more of the shallow RCF cracks initiate a brittle fracture that causes the separation of a large portion of the front or back of the wheel rim as shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3. TTCI is leading a consortium made up of railroads, suppliers, car owners, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to investigate wheel defects. VSR research is at the forefront of that effort.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Failure , Wheels



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