Application of the Finite Element Method in the Development of Improved Railroad Car Wheel Designs

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T. M. Rusin

Abex Corporation, Mahwah, N. J.

D. G. Kleeschulte

Abex Corporation, Calera, Ala.

J. M. Coughlin

Iron & Steel Research, Abex Corporation, Mahwah, N. J.

J. Eng. Ind 101(3), 378-384 (Aug 01, 1979) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439523 History: Received July 01, 1978; Online July 15, 2010


This paper discusses the use of the finite element method in the development of an improved 33-inch (.838 m) railroad wheel that has been introduced into service. Calculated elastic stresses resulting from the thermal and mechanical loads are presented for an existing wheel design and for the new wheel design. Validation of the calculated stresses is by experimental data developed on a railroad dynamometer. Drag test data for the new wheel design is compared to historical data.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
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