Rail inspection of RCF defects
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Rail defects due to rolling contact fatigue (RCF) threaten the traffic safety around the world. That hazard is more distinct on railways without adequate maintenance strategy. Realization of interoperability of European railway network demands from every infrastructure manager to have a maintenance plan for the infrastructure subsystem. Besides that, this plan includes rail inspection and strategy against RCF defects. This paper emphasizes the importance of rail inspection and early detection of RCF because the most of RCF crack should be removed in rail grinding campaigns (preventive, cyclical and corrective activities) during the whole rail service life.
Keywords:rail / rail defects / rolling contact fatigue / inspection
Source:Metalurgija, 2013, 52, 4, 537-540
- Croatian Metallurgical Society