Shakedown of Rail Corrugations

  • Wiktor Gambin
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 36)


A model of the elastic-plastic behaviour of a rail under moving and cyclically changing loads is proposed. Simple analytical expressions enable us to estimate the changes of the limit shear stress and residual stresses under the running rail surface after repeated passages of a wheel. It is shown that magnitudes of local hardening and residual stresses stabilize after a few passages of the load. The places of local hardening and peaks of residual stresses do not move along rails and they correspond to the positions of rail corrugations.


Residual Stress Plastic Zone Local Hardening Critical Shear Stress Plastic Yield 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wiktor Gambin
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  1. 1.Institute of Fundamental Technological ResearchPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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