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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 506403, 12 pages
Research Article

A New Approach for Reliability Life Prediction of Rail Vehicle Axle by Considering Vibration Measurement

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Yildiz Technical University, Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 13 May 2014; Accepted 19 September 2014; Published 8 October 2014

Academic Editor: Francesco Braghin

Copyright © 2014 Meral Bayraktar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The effect of vibration on the axle has been considered. Vibration measurements at different speeds have been performed on the axle of a running rail vehicle to figure out displacement, acceleration, time, and frequency response. Based on the experimental works, equivalent stress has been used to find out life of the axles for 90% and 10% reliability. Calculated life values of the rail vehicle axle have been compared with the real life data and it is found that the life of a vehicle axle taking into account the vibration effects is in good agreement with the real life of the axle.