Wheel-rail endpost contact characterisation using ultrasound reflectometry

L. Zhou, R. Lewis

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In this paper, an ultrasound reflectometry technique for contact measurements was used to characterize the wheel-endpost and rail edges contact. Finite element analysis was also carried out with a three-dimensional model. Ultrasonic measurements and finite element simulations were carried out with varied loads and different endpost thickness. A new approach investigating the wheel-endpost contact is introduced and a pilot study using ultrasound reflectometry on the combined materials contact measurements is included.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCivil-Comp Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Contact pressure
  • Endpost
  • Finite element analysis
  • Insulated rail joints
  • Ultrasound reflectometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence


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