Between 2001 and 2009, a series of field, laboratory and theoretical studies were conducted with FRA sponsorship to better understand the wheel/rail interaction on Amtrak’s multi-user Northeast Corridor. The development of a new wheel profile, optimized rail profiles, friction management practices and a grinding strategy were key aspects of the program. The experience gathered over an eight year period, including many lessons learned, has been collected and provides a template for how optimization of the wheel/rail interaction can be undertaken on high speed, shared use railway corridors.
Optimizing Wheel/Rail Performance on High Speed, Mixed Traffic Corridors
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Magel, EE, Helfrich, B, & Tajaddini, A. "Optimizing Wheel/Rail Performance on High Speed, Mixed Traffic Corridors." Proceedings of the 2010 Joint Rail Conference. 2010 Joint Rail Conference, Volume 2. Urbana, Illinois, USA. April 27–29, 2010. pp. 165-172. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/JRC2010-36155
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