Methodology for measurement of lubricant decay rate for rail lubricants
Wilson, Lance J., Hargreaves, Douglas J., Clegg, Richard E., & Powell, John (2008) Methodology for measurement of lubricant decay rate for rail lubricants. In NORDTRIB 2008 : 13th Nordic Symposium on Tribology, 10-13 June 2008, Tampere, Finland. (Unpublished)
A tribologist's dream is to predict the point at which a lubricant film will fail. The
precursor to this ideal situation is to predict the decay behaviour of a lubricant film prior to failure. The performance decay of lubricants is of interest to the rail industry for two reasons; first, to predict reapplication rates, and second, to predict the lubricated distance from a lubricant application point. The work discussed in this paper investigated the failure of lubricant films in a simulated rail curve environment. Three rail curve lubricants were tested under traction-limited rolling sliding conditions.
New methods for measurement of rail curve lubricant performance were developed and
one method, the half life of lubricant is discussed and results presented here. Lubricant
half life in this work represents the reduction of sliding performance over time at a
defined shear stress level or the time taken for a lubricant to lose half of its sliding
Decay of lubricant performance was measured for three different rail curve lubricants
under simulated conditions. The rail/wheel simulator used in this research consists of
two dissimilar wheels (disks) rotating in contact with one another, simulating a
conformal gauge corner contact. The first wheel, a simulated rail, is driven by an
electric motor which then drives the second wheel, a simulated railroad wheel, through
the contact. Hydraulic braking on the railroad wheel is used to simulate the
The research found appreciable and quantifiable differences between lubricants.
Industrial application of the findings will improve positioning of lubrication systems,
improve choice of lubricants and predict effective lubrication distance from the
lubricant application point.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||lubricant, tribology, rail|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified (091399)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||22 May 2008|
|Last Modified:||14 May 2013 16:32|
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