Location

La Jolla ,CA

Start Date

1-1-1989 12:00 AM

Description

Railroad safety depends on many factors. The integrity of the wheels on rolling stock is one that is subject to nondestructive evaluation. For some years, ultrasonic testing has been applied to the detection of cracks in wheel treads, with particular attention to automatic, in-rail, roll-by methods. We have begun constructing a system aimed at using relatively low frequency Rayleigh waves generated by electromagnetic-acoustic transducers (EMATs). The current design uses a permanent magnet to maintain a compact structure and minimize the size of the pocket machined into the rail. Measurements thus far indicate a responsiveness, even to small flaws. With the development of a signal processing and analysis system, field tests should soon be possible.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

8A

Chapter

Chapter 5: Systems and Instrumentation

Pages

1083-1089

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4613-0817-1_136

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Emats for Roll-By Crack Inspection of Railroad Wheels

La Jolla ,CA

Railroad safety depends on many factors. The integrity of the wheels on rolling stock is one that is subject to nondestructive evaluation. For some years, ultrasonic testing has been applied to the detection of cracks in wheel treads, with particular attention to automatic, in-rail, roll-by methods. We have begun constructing a system aimed at using relatively low frequency Rayleigh waves generated by electromagnetic-acoustic transducers (EMATs). The current design uses a permanent magnet to maintain a compact structure and minimize the size of the pocket machined into the rail. Measurements thus far indicate a responsiveness, even to small flaws. With the development of a signal processing and analysis system, field tests should soon be possible.