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Tribology at the wheel-rail interface

Abstract: Professor Iwnicki will summarise the basic wheel-rail forces which support and guide a railway vehicle and the analytical and computer tools that have been developed to simulate these forces under all type of operating conditions. He will outline the contact conditions at the wheel-rail interface and how these govern the safe operation of the vehicle. He will present an overview of the various damage mechanisms and the latest research that is being used to predict and control different types of wheel and rail damage including wear, rolling contact fatigue and corrugation. He will end with some open questions and challenges.

This seminar will take place on Friday 2nd March, at 4 p.m, in  Room A2-002.

If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please direct them to Iain Moyles (061 233726,

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Supported by Science Foundation Ireland funding, MACSI - the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, centred at the University of Limerick, is dedicated to the mathematical modelling and solution of problems which arise in science, engineering and industry in Ireland.