Dr. Babette Dirks
Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering
Division of Rail Vehicles
Royal Institute of Technology
SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
- PhD, Vehicle and Maritime Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015.
- Master of Science, Rail Vehicle Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 2003.
The lifetime of railway wheels and rails is often limited by wear and rolling contact fatigue (RCF). A competition exists between wear and RCF: wear can worsen the contact geometry between wheel and rail, which may accelerate crack growth, but at higher wear rates – RCF does not have the opportunity to develop further.
I am working within the project SWORD (Simulation of Wheel-On-Rail Deterioration phenomena) . The main goal of this project is to create a model for prediction of the total expected life of wheels and rails with respect to both fatigue cracking and wear.
- Dirks B and Enblom R: Prediction model for wheel profile wear and rolling contact fatigue, Wear 271, issues 1-2, pp. 210-217, May 2011. (Available online October 16, 2010)
- Dirks B and Enblom R: Prediction of wheel profile wear and rolling contact fatigue for the Stockholm commuter train, Proceedings of the 16th International Wheelset Congress, Cape Town, March 14-19, 2010.
- Dirks B and Enblom R: Prediction model for wheel profile wear and rolling contact fatigue, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems, Florence, September 15-18, 2009.
- Dirks B and Wiersma P K: Asymmetric rail profile to prevent railway squeal noise, Internoise, Istanbul, 2007.
- Hiensch M, Dirks B, Horst J and van der Stelt J: Rail head optimisation to reach a sustainable solution preventing railway squeal noise, Internoise, Istanbul, 2007.
- Dirks B: Vehicle dynamics simulation of wheel wear for Swedish high-speed train X2000, Master of Science Thesis, Railway Technology, KTH, TRITA AVE 2003:16, ISSN 1651-7660, Stockholm, Sweden, 2003.