Friction Management


With over 25 years of experience, L.B. Foster is the market leader in assessing wheel / rail interface issues and validating the performance of your Friction Management program.

LB Foster’s Field Application team can provide detailed scientific measurements to assess the severity of wheel / rail interface issues and the benefits provided by friction management solutions. Validation can include quantifying and measuring the benefits of a specific friction management product, compare the effectiveness of different friction management products, or optimize application rates and unit spacing.

Benefits can be validated both in the short term and long term:

Short Term Benefit Validation

     ✔ Noise mitigation

     ✔ Gauge face grease carry-down and coverage

     ✔ Friction levels

     ✔ Lateral force reduction

     ✔ Fuel savings

Long Term Benefit Validation

     ✔ Rail and wheel wear rates

     ✔ Corrugation growth rates

     ✔ RCF abatement

     ✔ Friction Management program effectiveness

The measurement and validation of friction management benefits is critical to quantifying the performance of and optimizing a railroad’s Friction Management program. L.B. Foster's team of knowledgeable and experienced Field Application Technicians are there to work with every customer to support them in achieving the goals of their Friction Management programs.

Performance Validation

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