A Re-commissioned flexible full-scale wheel/rail test facility

S. R. Lewis, D. I. Fletcher, A. Beagles, K. Ishizaka, L. Buckley-Johnstone, B. White, M. Harmon, C. Grigson, H. Brunskill, L. Zhou, T. R. Kempka, R. Lewis

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Abstract

A Full-Scale wheel/rail Test Facitlity (FSTF), originally built and operated by British Rail Research has been re-commissioned for testing at The University of Sheffield. Its control system has been completely rebuilt and modernised and a variety of structural and component improvements made. This paper describes the rigs capabilities and recent overhauls to the instrumentation, hydraulic and control systems before outlining some case studies that illustrate its novel use across a range of applications: These show how adaptable the rig is and the wide range of issues related to wheel/rail management that can be investigated using actual track and vehicle components.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/wheel Systems, CM 2018
EditorsAlfredo Nunez, Zili Li
PublisherTU Delft
Pages518-528
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789461869630
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, CM 2018 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 24 Sep 201827 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/wheel Systems, CM 2018

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, CM 2018
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period24/09/1827/09/18

Keywords

  • Contact mechanics
  • Experimentation
  • Full-scale rail-wheel
  • Laser cladding
  • Sanding.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Modelling and Simulation

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