Proceedings Vol. 20 (2014)
ENGINEERING MECHANICS 2014
May 12 – 15, 2014, Svratka, Czech Republic
Copyright © 2014 Brno University of Technology Institute of Solid Mechanics, Mechatronics and Biomechanics
ISSN 1805-8248 (printed)
ISSN 1805-8256 (electronic)
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pages 519 - 522, full text
The fatigue failure of railway axles could have unaccepted consequences. Because of safe operation, it is important to determine the residual fatigue lifetime. The railway axle could contain some cracks either from manufacturing process or from previous service operation. Present defectoscopy can reliably detect only relatively long cracks (longer than 2 mm), see Zerbst et al. (2012). In other words, there is a risk that the existing crack is not detected by defectoscopy. For conservative establishment of the residual fatigue lifetime the crack, which could be not detected by defectoscopy, must be considered. This paper deals with an effect of the threshold value of fatigue crack propagation on the residual fatigue lifetime of railway axles. Two very commonly used materials for railway axles EA1N and EA4T steels are considered. The results of this paper could be used for safer operation of railway axles.
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