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Reliability prediction for rail considering rolling contact fatigue
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
2009 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Rolling Contact Fatigue (RCF) is a major cause of rail replacement for infrastructure managers. RCF defects are caused by a combination of high normal and tangential stresses between the wheel and rail. In this study, a methodology has been proposed to evaluate P-F (Potential failure-functional failure) interval of RCF defects based on RCF defect rate distribution and fatigue design life distribution. For estimating fatigue design life distribution, load under variable amplitude has been considered which is a case in the mixed traffic scenario. Stochastic S-N curve has been considered to account for probabilistic nature of fatigue life. The stress history can be calculated from the actual load history. RCF defect distribution can be estimated from the probability density function of the defects from the actual field data. The proper estimation of P-F interval will help the infrastructure managers to define rail inspection interval scientifically.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39744Local ID: e9bc5f30-e667-11de-bae5-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1013261
International Conference on Quality, Reliability and Infocom Technology : 18/12/2009 - 20/12/2009
Godkänd; 2009; 20091211 (ambpat)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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