Rail defects: an overview

  • For about 150 years, the steel rail has been at the very heart of the world's railway systems. The rail works in a harsh environment and, as part of the track structure, it has little redundancy; thus, its failure may lead to catastrophic derailment of vehicles, the consequences of which can include death, injury, costs and loss of public confidence. These can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the industry. Despite the advances being made in railway permanent way engineering,For about 150 years, the steel rail has been at the very heart of the world's railway systems. The rail works in a harsh environment and, as part of the track structure, it has little redundancy; thus, its failure may lead to catastrophic derailment of vehicles, the consequences of which can include death, injury, costs and loss of public confidence. These can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the industry. Despite the advances being made in railway permanent way engineering, inspection and rail-making technology, continually increasing service demands have resulted in rail failure continuing to be a substantial economic burden and a threat to the safe operation of virtually every railway in the world. This paper presents an overview of rail defects and their consequences from the earliest days of railways to the present day.show moreshow less

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Author:D. F. Cannon, Karl-Otto EdelGND, S. L. Grassie, K. Sawley
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1460-2695.2003.00693.x
ISSN:8756-758X
Parent Title (English):In: Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures Volume 26 (2003) 10, pp 865–886
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Publishing:2003
Date of Publication (online):2014/01/29
Release Date:2014/01/29
First Page:865
Last Page:886
University Bibliography:Hochschulbibliographie
Licence (German):Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung