Avtomaticheskaya Svarka (Automatic Welding), #7, 2020, pp. 3-11
Evaluation of quality of welded joints of high-strength railway rails of modern production taking into account the requirements of ukrainian and european standards
S.I. Kuchuk-Yatsenko, E.V. Antipin, O.V. Didkovsky, V.I. Shvets, O.V. Kavunichenko
E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute of the NAS of Ukraine, 11, Kazymyr Malevych Str., 03150, Kyiv, Ukraine.
On most heavy-duty railways of Ukraine, resistance butt welding is the dominant process for joining rails. Welding is performed
in special shops and field conditions during the construction of new main lines and repair of existing railways. On the railways of
Ukraine and other countries of the world, technologies and equipment are constantly being improved in connection with the use of
new generations of high-strength rails with an increased wear resistance in accordance with the requirements to high-speed main
lines. In the last decade, the developed countries of the world are revising the basic standards governing the quality of rail steels and
requirements to mechanical properties of welded rail joints, taking into account their use on heavy-duty and high-speed main lines. One
of the specified tasks is the adaptation of the Ukrainian standard TU U 24.1-40075815-002: 2016 (for stationary and mobile welding
machines), which determines the requirements to the quality of welded joints of high-strength rails, to the acting European standard
EN 14587-1 2007 (for stationary welding machines) and EN 14587-2 2009 (for mobile welding machines). 9 Ref., 4 Tabl., 12 Fig.
resistance butt welding, railway rails, high-strength rail steels, pulsating flashing, heat-affected-zone, temperature
fields, defects in rails, quality control, seamless track, defects in rails
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