- Volume 4 Issue 4
For the purpose of the effective maintenance of surface irregularities of rail, this paper investigates the rail service life to a bending fatigue failure of welding parts of rail on the slab track by the structures laboratory testing to derive S-N curves, a GTDAP(General Track Dynamic Analysis Program) to calculate the stresses and a modified Miner's rule to predict a fatigue life. The useful guides for maintenance of rail welded parts on the slab track are proposed in terms of a grinding period and the depth of rail surface irregularities. This study also proposed the guides for maintenance of rail welded part on the ballast track. The effects of fatigue service lives are compared one another.