Industrial Wheel Resources: Links & Information
Resources for planning rail cart operations
Single and double flanged wheels can be used with track or rail installations to assist in the transportation of high-volume/heavy-duty materials—making for easy and controlled movement that won't damage ground surfaces. A number of professional websites have put together resources to help plan effective wheel and track applications.
Check out these resources for information on the following:
- Rail terminology
- Wheel mechanics
- Material design
Engineers Edge: Brinell and Rockwell Hardness Conversion Chart
The Engineers Edge website provides a conversion chart for Brinell and Rockwell hardness values that also includes approximations for related tensile strength.
National Model Railroad Association (NMRA): Wheels, metal or plastic?
The NMRA provides a short introductory discussion on rail wheels and how they operate on a track—including information on how a flange can affect operation.
Non-Destructive Testing Resource Center: Rail Inspection
The Non-destructive Testing Resource Center provides in-depth discussion on rail inspection services—including the history of technologies and contemporary applications.
Railway Technical Web Pages: Wheels and Bogies
Railway Technical Web Pages provides an introductory look at how wheel geometries affect rail performance.
School Science: Rail Steel
The School Science website provides information on a range of steels for different applications. This page discusses rail steel in terms of requisite physical properties, including composition, microstructure and heat treatment.
The Transcontinental Railroad: A Glossary of 19th Century Railroad Terms
The Transcontinental Railroad website has put together a list of historical railway terms. While much of the language may seem archaic, the list offers insight into the depth of knowledge involved in planning large-scale tracks for transportation.