STP644

    The Effect of Mechanical Properties Upon the Performance of Railroad Rails

    Published: Jan 1978


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    Abstract

    The behavior of rails in service is reviewed on the basis of past rail steel research. The formation of rail defects and rail wear are discussed. The mechanical properties of rail steels and their dependence on chemical composition and microstructure are presented.

    Keywords:

    steels, railroad tracks, fatigue (materials), wear, pearlite, tensile, strength, fractures (materials)


    Author Information:

    Stone, DH
    Director—Metallurgy, Association of American Railroads, Technical Center, Chicago, Ill

    Steele, RK
    Metallurgist, Transportation System Center, Cambridge, Mass


    Paper ID: STP27102S

    Committee/Subcommittee: A01.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27102S


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