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Experimental and finite element fatigue assessment of the spring clip of the SKL-1 railway fastening system

Abstract: The fastening system that links the rail and the sleeper in railway lines is an element of high responsibility, since its failure may lead to the derailment of the train. This paper combines an experimental approach and a Finite Element model to assess the structural integrity of the spring clip of the SKL-1 fastening system, used assiduously in high-speed lines. Our results prove that fatigue is not the failure mechanism that explains the fractures of clips as pointed out by other authors, provided the following requirements: the material has received the appropriate thermomechanical treatments; the assembly of the clip has been carried out with precision; and the system has not suffered anomalous in-service overloads.

 Fuente: Engineering Structures Volume 188, 1 June 2019, Pages 553-563

Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Fecha de publicación: 01/06/2019

Nº de páginas: 11

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.03.053

ISSN: 0141-0296,1873-7323

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.03.053