The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 35 (1957) > Issues > Issue 12 > The Effects of the Wheel Tread Profiles and other factors on the Long Travel Motion of Gantry Cranes
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The Effects of the Wheel Tread Profiles and other factors on the Long Travel Motion of Gantry Cranes

THIS paper describes a mathematical and experimental investigation into the behaviour of gantry cranes when long travelling. The work was started because of the severe wear suffered by the crane wheel flanges and the gantry rails in a number of heavy engineering works. Cranes designed with either cylindrical or conical tread wheels are in common use, and in either case a pair of wheels may or may not be made to rotate at identical speeds by means of a cross-shaft. These systems are analysed and their faults discussed. Axial float of the wheels in their bearings and the tread widths of wheels are also discussed. P. M. Worthington

Author(s): Worthington, P M

Keywords: gantry cranes;behaviour;wheels;rails;wear