Resistance Due to Friction

Resistance due to friction is the resistance offered by the friction between the internal parts of locomotives and wagons as well as between the metal surface of the rail and the wheel to a train moving at a constant speed. This resistance is independent of speed and can be further broken down into the following parts.

Journal friction This is dependent on the type of bearing, the lubricant used, the temperature and condition of the bearing, etc. In the case of roll bearings, it varies from 0.5 to 1.0 kg per tonne.

Internal resistance This resistance is consequential to the movement of the various parts of the locomotive and wagons.

Rolling resistance This occurs due to rail-wheel interaction on account of the movement of steel wheels on a steel rail. The total frictional resistance is given by the empirical formula

R1 = 0.0016W (25.1)

where R1 is the frictional resistance independent of speed and W is the weight of the train in tonnes.

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