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Reverse Transverse Defects

Reverse Transverse Defects

Leaders: Peter Mutton, Monash University and Ryan McWilliams, International Engineering and Brad Kerchof, Norfolk Southern Railroad

Description: Understand industry awareness of the phenomenon, investigate whether current sizing techniques for internal defects can be directly applied to RTDs, how is RTD growth behaviour related to loading environment and rail head loss, what is the influence of rail grade, and what techniques are available to mitigate RTDs?

Status: Rail samples were requested AUG2016 and again DEC2016. None have been received. One more effort will be made to engage industry by end of 2017

Last review: 12DEC16, see link.

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