While the use of concrete ties has allowed railroads to carry heavier loads more often, rail seat abrasion threatens to undermine their integrity and longevity. Our testing services determine the causes of rail seat abrasion failures, helping prevent future issues and create more resistant products and materials.

Many factors can cause rail seat abrasion, but it is usually a combination of water erosion, improper ballast, heavy use, and fatigued rails. As the concrete ties wear away, the tracks lose proper gauging and cant, and derailing or rollover can result. We use a combination of dedicated services to ensure that these issues can be predicted and prevented before a costly failure occurs.

Rail Seat Abrasion Test Methods

Whether inspecting a failed part or collecting data for material selection, our experts provide the results you need to be confident in your materials. From microscopy services to fatigue and compression testing and full failure analysis, our experts are backed by years of experience in the rail industry, and can help you find the best solution for your materials.

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Tribology and wear pattern analysis
  • Particle analysis
  • Vertical load testing
  • Repeat load testing
  • Erosion inspection
  • Morphology

For more information about out rail seat abrasion services, or to request a quote, contact us today.

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