Flank crack detection in locomotive wheels with NDE techniques

M. Laczynski, S. Jayaraman, R. Halter, B. R. Tittmann

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Abstract

There is a need to analyze locomotive wheels for flank cracks in a non-destructive manner in order to prevent catastrophic failures. Flaw, shape, and size are desired parameters in establishing the quality of commercial tires. A variety of defects such as voids, inclusions, surface and internal cracks, or the like, must be discerned in order to prevent failure. This paper exhibits and compares the benefits of a number of different techniques used for flaw detection. Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques used consist of magnetic particle, dye penetrant, eddy current, electro-magnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT), and longitudinal and shear wave ultrasonic inspection. The techniques vary in their ability to ascertain the flaw characteristics. Surface, sub-surface, and internal defects were visualized using the various methodologies. Magnetic particle, dye penetrant, and eddy current inspection techniques are viable methods for looking at surface flaws. Depending on the penetration depth, sub-surface flaws were also detectable via these methods. EMAT and ultrasonic transducer methods can be used to find surface, subsurface, and internal flaws based on the configuration utilized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-186
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume4336
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
EventNondestructive and Evaluation of Materials and Composites V - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2001Mar 8 2001

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locomotives
Crack Detection
Crack detection
Locomotives
wheels
Wheel
Wheels
cracks
Defects
evaluation
defects
Evaluation
Transducer
penetrants
Eddy Currents
transducers
Acoustic transducers
Dyes
Internal
Inspection

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Laczynski, M. ; Jayaraman, S. ; Halter, R. ; Tittmann, B. R. / Flank crack detection in locomotive wheels with NDE techniques. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. 2001 ; Vol. 4336. pp. 176-186.
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In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 4336, 01.01.2001, p. 176-186.

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