Fatigue crack initiation life prediction of railroad wheels

Yongming Liu, Brant Stratman, Sankaran Mahadevan

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A new multiaxial high-cycle fatigue initiation life prediction model for railroad wheels is proposed in this paper. A general fatigue damage analysis methodology for complex mechanical components is developed and applied to the wheel/rail rolling contact fatigue problem. A 3-D elasto-plastic finite element model is used for stress analysis. A submodeling technique is used to achieve both computational efficiency and accuracy. Then the fatigue damage in the wheel is evaluated numerically using the stress history during one revolution of the wheel rotation. The effects of wheel diameter, vertical loading, material hardness, and material fatigue properties on fatigue crack initiation life are investigated using the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-756
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Life prediction
  • Multiaxial
  • Railroad wheels
  • Rolling contact fatigue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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