Wheel bearing and brake research facility

Railway running gear components are the most highly stressed parts of the car and they are the number one cost item in most railways' rolling stock maintenance programs.

The NRC's wheel bearing and brake facility allows you to reduce wear and cut maintenance costs by identifying component concerns, limitations and failure potential before they become realities.

Our capabilities

Our facility gives you a whole new dimension of analysis and problem solving to reduce wear and cut costs.

Virtually every part of the highly stressed running gear system can be mounted on the facility and run up to a wide range of speeds. The whole array of forces and stresses are imposed on the components and held, or swept, to reproduce the operating environment. Under these conditions, their limitations and failure modes begin to appear.

The facility can reproduce speeds up to 85 mi/h (136 km/h ), axle loads double that of a 125-ton (113,000 kg ) car, angles of attack up to + 27 mrad , and a wide range of water, grease and sand contamination.

The facility excels at reducing premature wheel wear and failure due to bearing and brake overheating.

Why work with us

We are able to customize our wheel bearing and brake facility to meet your specific test requirements, ensuring you receive the most comprehensive testing and results available for your components.

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Contact us

David Fraser, Director, Business Development
Telephone: 613-991-9972
Email: David.Fraser@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca


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