Rolling Friction, II—Cast-Iron Car Wheels

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Mayo D. Hersey

Brown University, Providence, R. I.

M. S. Downes

The Timken Roller Bearing Company, Canton, Ohio

J. of Lubrication Tech 91(2), 264-268 (Apr 01, 1969) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3554909 History: Received October 17, 1967; Online August 23, 2011


Tests made on cast-iron car wheels with machined treads, running on steel rails, are reported here. Wheel diameters ranged from 8 to 24 in., load per wheel from about 100 to 1800 lb, speed from 1 to 6 mph. Static or starting tests were also included. The ratio of horizontal resisting force F to the vertical load W is denoted by f and taken as a measure of rolling friction. The friction ratio f was seen to vary almost inversely as the square root of the diameter. It decreased with increasing load, and increased slightly with increasing speed. These results differ considerably from those published in engineering handbooks.

Copyright © 1969 by ASME
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