Monitoring Wheel Temperature to Prevent Damage and Reduce Maintenance Costs

An Alaskan railroad company had been experiencing problems stemming from vibration
in the railroad car wheels. They were aware that when too much heat developed during braking, the wheels could seize and subsequently develop flat spots. Flat spots resulted in vibration; an undesirable condition leading to additional maintenance issues involving their railroad car wheels. The challenge for the staff was to determine how these excessive heat conditions developed as a result of braking over time and the duration of a trip.
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