Practical Applications

  • Meinhard KunaEmail author
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 201)


Bainitic cast iron with nodular graphite (Austempered Ductile Iron ADI) shows a good ductility, a superior wear resistance and a high fatigue strength, which makes it an interesting alternative to steel for producing railway wheels. However, ADI possesses a lower fracture toughness and is, due to the casting process, more prone to defects. A railway wheel is exposed to high static and cyclic loading.


Stress Intensity Factor Weld Metal Fatigue Crack Growth Crack Front Heat Affected Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute für Mechanik und FluiddynamikTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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