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Comprehensive Reference on Wheel-Rail Interface for Railway Engineers

Problems at interfaces are among the most common concerns facing railway engineers, particularly those occurring at the wheel/rail interface. It is therefore critical for reliability and safety of the railway system that wheel/rail interfaces are understood in terms of both theory and practice.

Wheel/rail interface handbook from Woodhead Publishing is a comprehensive one-stop reference for railway engineering practitioners and academic researchers. Current research and emerging technologies are examined in relation to wheel/rail interface and its management. The book includes a review of basic tribology of the wheel/rail interface covering contact mechanics, wear, fatigue and adhesion. Maintenance of the wheel/rail interface is explored in terms of the importance of friction as well as future trends shaping maintenance practices.

An invaluable international perspective is provided by practitioners experienced in managing the wheel/rail interface in a variety of environments. Specific chapters examine varying circumstances from around the world including Sweden, Canada, the US and Japan. The continued development of the London Underground is discussed specifically the Victoria line upgrade. An insight is also provided into ongoing work and future plans. A review of the Dutch experience highlights methods to optimise rail and wheel maintenance with the Australian experience examining rail and wheel materials in more detail.

This comprehensive volume will enable practising railway engineers, in whatever discipline of railway engineering - infrastructure, vehicle design and safety, and so on - to enhance their understanding of wheel/rail issues, which have a major influence on the running of a reliable, efficient and safe railway.

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