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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.
steels, railroad tracks, fatigue (materials), wear, pearlite, tensile, strength, fractures (materials)
Director—Metallurgy, Association of American Railroads, Technical Center, Chicago, Ill
Metallurgist, Transportation System Center, Cambridge, Mass