Rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and wear are competing phenomena in railway wheels, but they are typically studied as independent events. In this work, preliminary tests are carried out with a twin-disc bench to explore the relationship between RCF and wear. First, the collected tests are reported on the shakedown maps to assess the cyclic response and calculate the fatigue index parameter used to predict the surface-initiated fatigue damage. Second, the fatigue index and material cyclic yield strength are related to the experimental wear rate. This work proposes maps to predict how the wear rate and cyclic response change by varying the contact conditions (clean or contaminated with water or sand), slip ratio and extraction position of specimens. Furthermore, the estimated wear rate is superimposed to the shakedown map to investigate a possible relationship between RCF and wear. The proposed approach allows to understand how a railway wheel steel behaves as a function of the working conditions and whether some working parameters can be changed without compromising the material performance.

Predictive maps for the rolling contact fatigue and wear interaction in railway wheel steels

Zani N.
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Petrogalli C.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and wear are competing phenomena in railway wheels, but they are typically studied as independent events. In this work, preliminary tests are carried out with a twin-disc bench to explore the relationship between RCF and wear. First, the collected tests are reported on the shakedown maps to assess the cyclic response and calculate the fatigue index parameter used to predict the surface-initiated fatigue damage. Second, the fatigue index and material cyclic yield strength are related to the experimental wear rate. This work proposes maps to predict how the wear rate and cyclic response change by varying the contact conditions (clean or contaminated with water or sand), slip ratio and extraction position of specimens. Furthermore, the estimated wear rate is superimposed to the shakedown map to investigate a possible relationship between RCF and wear. The proposed approach allows to understand how a railway wheel steel behaves as a function of the working conditions and whether some working parameters can be changed without compromising the material performance.
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