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Failure Analysis and Prevention

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William T. Becker
William T. Becker
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Roch J. Shipley
Roch J. Shipley
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ASM International
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-180-1
Publication date:
2002
Book Chapter

Failures of Locomotive Axles[1]

By
George F. Vander Voort
George F. Vander Voort
Carpenter Technology Corporation
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Published:
2002

Abstract

This article provides a background of friction-bearing failures due to overheating. The failures of locomotive axles caused by overheated traction-motor support bearings are discussed. The article also describes liquid-metal embrittlement (LME) in steel. It examines the results of various axle studies, with illustrations and concludes with information on the simulation of the LME mechanism.

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George F. Vander Voort, 2002. "Failures of Locomotive Axles", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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