Analysis of edge effects on rail-wheel contact

M. T. Hanson*, L. M. Keer

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study considers the contact occurring in rail-wheel systems. Here the edge effect of the gauge face of the rail on the contact stress and contact geometry is investigated. The rail head is modeled as a three-dimensional elastic wedge which may have an arbitrary wedge angle. The solution procedure consists of deriving a Green's function for the normal displacement on the surface of an incompressible wedge loaded by a point normal force. The point force is then distributed to obtain an integral equation for frictionless contact. Numerical results are given for the rigid spherical indentation of an incompressible quarter-space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-55
Number of pages17
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 20 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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