Wear of sharp aggregates in a rotating drum

Abstract : Aggregates constituting ballast layer wear due to the continuous passage of trains and during the necessary maintenance operations of the track. In order to develop efficient solutions for ballasted tracks design and maintenance, a proper knowledge of the degradation laws of ballast grains is needed. In tribology, the amount of wear due to friction when two surfaces are in contact is classically predicted by Archard’s equation. However, due to the continuous evolution of grain angularity and roughness, at the macro-scale wear coefficient cannot be assumed to remain constant, but will depend on the state of degradation of the grain surface. In order to adjust the model to this particular case, the Micro-Deval Attrition test is used. The rotating drum is stopped at intermediate stages and the amount of generated fine particles is measured. Thus the curve of mass loss along time is built. These results are then linked to Archard’s model using the values of contact forces and relative displacements extracted from discrete element simulations. Finally, a morphology analysis is performed tracking shape and roughness parameters at different stages of degradation using X-ray tomography and a laser profilometer.
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Ivan Deiros Quintanilla, Gaël Combe, Fabrice Emeriault, Jean-Benoit Toni, Charles Voivret, et al.. Wear of sharp aggregates in a rotating drum. POWDERS and GRAINS 2017 - 8th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media, Jul 2017, Montpellier, France. pp.07009, ⟨10.1051/epjconf/201714007009⟩. ⟨hal-02020063⟩



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