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Modelling the Degrading Failure of a Rail Section Under Periodic Inspection

  • Luca Podofillini
  • Enrico Zio
  • Jørn Vatn

Abstract

The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket, JBV) has conducted a study to optimise ultrasonic testing on their lines, performed to reveal latent failures such as cracks in the rail. In this paper we propose a non-homogeneous Markov model for determining the rail failure probability under periodic inspection, considering realistic issues of the failure process.

Keywords

State Transition Diagram Periodic Inspection Ultrasonic Inspection Maintenance Procedure Inspection Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Podofillini
    • 1
  • Enrico Zio
    • 1
  • Jørn Vatn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear EngineeringPolytechnic of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Production and Quality EngineeringNTNUTrondheimNorway

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